Album: Neon, Here to There (Basho)

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The unusual combination of instruments – sax, piano and vibes/marimba – for this excellent new Brit-jazz trio creates a warm and attractive impression straight away, with the rhythmic attack of vibist Jim Hart and pianist Gwilym Simcock vanishing any danger of bland chamber jazz.

Tenor saxophonist Stan Sulzmann – whose seniority appears to make him the group's guiding force – sounds superbly soulful on his own "Chu Chu", a spring-heeled, New York-style groove so good you want to repeat it indefinitely. When Sulzmann plays soprano (and flute on one track), it's less compulsive, but the trio is the thing.

Pick of the Album: 'Chu Chu': Like Joe Henderson playing over Steve Reich

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