Album: Richard Fairhurst's Triptych, Amusia (Babel)
Sunday 04 July 2010
Yet another super-confident UK piano trio.
What makes Triptych work well is the interplay of Fairhurst's rhythmically complex but airy-sounding piano playing with the unusually musical drumming of American-in-London Chris Vatalaro and the solid, grounding role of Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby.
All the tunes are Fairhurst originals, and while they betray a heavy jazz debt (to Monk on the title track), and his own solo style favours the right hand rather than the left, Amusia fairly fizzes with ideas.
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