(Review by Lance).
Doing my homework, I discover the Scottish born pianist is best known for his work with Dylan Howe and although he found his way to Manchester in 2014, to the best of my knowledge he has yet to discover the Newcastle Scene (correct me if I'm wrong). Modern without being outré, Melodic without being boring, a composer in his own right but not above putting his own stamp on standards such as I Fall in Love Too Easily and Old Folks. One of his originals. The Syndicate, is a blast featuring Ibbetson - the Syndicate's 'Hit Man". On bass, Jensen is on the money - sympathetic contributing both in a supportive role and up front.
The band tours from March but, unfortunately, don't head very far north.