Album: Huw Warren, Hermeto +, (Basho)

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The eccentric Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal has been an influence on UK jazz through tours with partly British bands whose personnel included Welsh pianist and accordion player Warren.

This diverting project uses an equal mix of Pascoal originals and pieces Warren has written in dedication or friendly pastiche. The trio swings brilliantly, the oddness of Pascoal's muse (he comes from way up-country, where bossa nova was never an option) honoured through uneven, dog-legged metre and percussive shuffles.

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