Track of the day and new in the 1 Love spot concentrates on seemingly effortless keyboardism here from the masterful US player Connie Han whose star power increases year on year certainly since Iron Starlet. If you gravitate to Chick Corea and especially Return to Forever's early period you will be in your element. Sunny, cosmic, as much a daytime as a cool breeze-of-the-evening listen 'Prima Materia' has an open feel and the sound develops organically. Drawn from the ancient civilisation of Sumer themed late-September release Secrets of Inanna, flautist Katisse Buckingham, Wayne Shorter quartet bass icon John Patitucci, tenorist Rich Perry and drummer Bill Wysaske join the pianist on the album. What an introduction! More on the release on marlbank in the autumn.
Connie Han, top, detail from the album sleeve