Timely for this performance the just-released Journey Through Home (33 Jazz) is an engaging release from the Meg Morley trio given an ingredient that you might not expect as one talking point and the pianist-leader's ability to defy expectations along the way. Don't just file under intriguing use of a preposition in the nonetheless thought-provoking title.
Once again featuring the former Neil Cowley trio's Richard Sadler, the double bassist from Displaced which in 2006 was something of a revelation when the Cowley 3 first made a splash, Sadler plays exceedingly well. Emiliano Caroselli is the drummer and paces the progress of the sound carefully.
Morley's imaginative approach, largely a modernist-mainstream sound that crucially can just as easily go avant in its musical syntax, simmers and radiates throughout, a maelstrom of departures from the norm never far away or at least heavily hinted at.
The additional element on Journey Through Home that comes out of the blue but does not distract too much is the presence of a bağlama flavour provided by Huseyin Atasever on the very different 'e-Gnosis'.
The pieces, nearly all Morley's, are strong and the pianist can go free-ish in incremental phases built up from an impressionist core often with a shifting almost bitonal sense to the method as on 'How Not to Graciously Accept a Gift'. The only controversial aspect of 'Dancing Through Culture Wars' is its title. Let's call a ceasefire on that particular skirmish. Morley's own solution as the piece unwinds is appealingly ingenious.