Trichotomy, Momentary Control, Own label ****

Australia's world class piano trio Trichotomy here with additional vibes and marimba added on a Sean Foran composition. Foran is a melodicist much swayed in the past by Esbjörn Svensson but very much his own person. The duoplay here with vibist …

Published: 16 Dec 2021. Updated: 43 days.

trichotomy

Australia's world class piano trio Trichotomy here with additional vibes and marimba added on a Sean Foran composition. Foran is a melodicist much swayed in the past by Esbjörn Svensson but very much his own person. The duoplay here with vibist Nozomi Omote adds an extra layer of enchantment without taking away from the essential secret ingredient of rapport that the trio have long since developed. Drummer John Parker is an alert listening presence but Foran never gets the chance to fully let go, it's not that kind of full-pelt assault on the senses. More subtle is the name of the game and bassist Samuel Vincent's arco part when it comes is even a surprise. Singles can get lost in the sea of music out there but this certainly sends a message in a bottle to remind us all over again that Trichotomy however the vibes describe them are at the core of it all that bit special.

The track is available via Bandcamp

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Club focus: the Hampstead jazz club

This year two of the best nights marlbank experienced in any jazz club were spent at the Hampstead Jazz Club in leafiest north London. It wasn't just about the music although you can see that one of these gigs, featuring Jo Harrop and Alex Webb …

Published: 15 Dec 2021. Updated: 43 days.

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This year two of the best nights marlbank experienced in any jazz club were spent at the Hampstead Jazz Club in leafiest north London. It wasn't just about the music although you can see that one of these gigs, featuring Jo Harrop and Alex Webb playing the music of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recording for a Jazz FM broadcast, was among our top 10 of the year. The place is tiny, about the same size as Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, with room for about 40-50 people. It's a basement, under the very fine gastropub the Duke of Hamilton, and the acoustics are very human. The house piano is pretty decent and the lighting sufficiently subdued enough to banish the day.

You get a certain atmosphere overall that leads to thoughts of the Parisian mood in the Bertrand Tavernier fim Round Midnight. The club, which is on New End, does not operate every night. Hopefully it can become far more regular. On Friday Webb City playing Art Tatum appear and then after a Christmas and New Year break the very fine mainstream singer Elaine Delmar plays the Hampstead with pianist Jamie Safir (22 January) followed by the Paul Edis trio and trumpeter Freddie Gavita on 27 Jan and the Power of 3 on 3 February. The club website is accessible here