Album: Will Butterworth Trio, Hereafter (Music Chamber)

Pianist Butterworth is a right-hand man with a cerebral Bill Evans meets Lennie Tristano style that in the context of the sometimes brash piano-trio sector proves winning.

He opens with a solo introduction, then alternates striking, inner-directed originals with two standards: a subtle reading of Cole Porter's "Everything I Love" and a closing "I'm Through with Love". There's no look-at-me excess, just a slow accretion of intensely worked harmonic invention. One to watch out for.