Bruno Heinen & James Kitchman

Here you can listen to the opening track from our upcoming album ‘Rain Shadows’ (due for release Spring 2023). Enjoy, James & Bruno.


Musical synergy was evident from the first two notes of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Bemsha Swing’ that were played by guitarist James Kitchman and pianist Bruno Heinen without any count-in, prior discussion, or eye contact. This was the opening night of a monthly residency held in one of London’s subterranean jazz clubs back in 2017.

The duo has since developed an improvisational language in-common, taking influence from the chronology of great guitar/piano duos in jazz: Jim Hall and Bill Evans; through to Fred Hersch and Julian Lage.

Their debut album ‘Rain Shadows’ – a carefully balanced brew of original compositions and improvisations is due for release in 2023.

“The empathic relationship between Kitchman’s guitar and Bruno Heinen’s piano – forged across duo residencies – is naturally crucial.”
Jazzwize Magazine

“Demonstrating that originality doesn’t have to be complicated”
The Observer (on Bruno Heinen)

“Huge amounts of style and panache”
BBC Radio 3
(on James Kitchman)