Mads Vinding trio feat. Dado Moroni & Niclas Campagnol, Quiet Yesterday, Storyville ****

We felt that we were actually in a jazz club listening here to Quiet Yesterday. And suitably enough the album was recorded in one, the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. Little spatters of applause give extra detail after pianist Dado …

Published: 22 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

We felt that we were actually in a jazz club listening here to Quiet Yesterday. And suitably enough the album was recorded in one, the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. Little spatters of applause give extra detail after pianist Dado Moroni's fine solo on 'All of You'. And there's also the familiarity of a bunch of standards that somehow are lifted out of the ordinary. Danish bassist Mads Vinding plays very well throughout and there is huge empathy in his rapport with drummer Niclas Campagnol. The title track - an original of Moroni's - works well in context with the others on a recording that has taken some five years to come out. It's worth the wait. Big on Bill Evans-like modality - although Moroni isn't afraid to burst into stride passages on 'Softly as In a Morning Sunrise' - it all has a gentle bittersweet quality to it and sounds very human - the audio quality is rich and generous. Classy stuff from a trio who had never recorded together before - perfect for you dear reader if you, like us, can't get enough of modern mainstream jazz piano trio delivered so lovingly in an authentic setting.

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Nye Banfield to debut

Looking ahead to early 2024 and one new name to look out for is UK saxist Nye Banfield pictured whose album Trails and Traces is to be released on 12 January - listen to the album's fine lead off track the moody 'Bellarom Gold' above, Banfield grew …

Published: 22 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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Looking ahead to early 2024 and one new name to look out for is UK saxist Nye Banfield pictured whose album Trails and Traces is to be released on 12 January - listen to the album's fine lead off track the moody 'Bellarom Gold' above, Banfield grew up in Leicestershire and is now based in London having studied at Trinity Laban. He is inspired by Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and UK legend Mark Lockheart among others. Trails and Traces has established players Mark Kavuma on trumpet, Rupert Cox on piano & keys and Hamish Nockles-Moore on bass with Wilf Diamond on trombone and Ewan Moore on drums. We'll bring you more on the album with a full review near release time.