Album: Tom Bancroft: Trio Red, First Hello to Last Goodbye (Interrupto)

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When talented musicians try to leave their training behind in order to sound more spontaneous, the results can be full of child-like wonder or merely simple-minded.

This new trio has a bit of both: it comes as a relief, for example, when Tom Cawley shows he can actually play the piano. But they win you over in the end by Bancroft's neat drum shuffles, witty sleeve notes and oddball repertoire, mixing Ornette with Joan Armatrading (in the same tune).