Album: Dave Jones Trio, Impetus, (Impetus)

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The great piano trio resurgence continues in soul-jazz and lyrical soft-bop from south Wales.

On the marvellously catchy opener, "The Leopard", Jones' piano style recalls Ramsey Lewis for easy sparkle and lilt, and Herbie Hancock for chordal invention. But over the length of the album, it's his skills as a writer rather than generic acuity that impress the most, along with the excellent contributions of twins Chris (double bass) and Marc (drums) O'Connor.

Pick of the album: 'The Leopard': mod-era chordal vamp

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