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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CD Review: Will Butterworth Trio - Live

Will Butterworth (pno); Henrik Jensen (bs); Pete Ibbetson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Another piano trio record - how many more does it take to send one to sleep? Well it must be said that this isn't one of them! Recorded close on three years back at Pizza Express I'm left wondering why I haven't encountered Butterworth until now. It's certainly been my loss.
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. 
A  gem that may not set the world on fire but will certainly keep it warm.
The band tours from March but, unfortunately, don't head very far north.
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1 comment :

Russell said...

Henrik and Pete received praise in your 2013 CD review of Henrik's Followed by Thirteen, then last year the pair played a great gig with Esben Tjalve at the Jazz Café (the first Schmazz promotion at the Pink Lane venue)

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