Album: Eric Legnini Trio, Trippin' (Discograph)

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Belgian pianist Legnini is a soulful, two-handed swinger in the style of Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal, and his trio boasts a terrific drummer in Franck Agulhon.

The opening title track, with Legnini playing Fender Rhodes, is an absolute belter, but thereafter the album suffers from a lack of focus, losing its acid jazz hipnitude in favour of dull versatility. Perfectly respectable but characterless covers (Dizzy, standards, a Stevie Wonder) add little, while what you want is more groove. The opener is worth downloading, though.