Jim Rattigan/Thomas Gould/Liam Noble Triplicity Pavillon Records ***

An unusual record from an instrumentation point of view, infused with chamber jazz and a classical atmosphere, distinguished French horn player Jim Rattigan whose playing credits have included the Michael Brecker quindectet, the Britten Sinfonia, and the McCoy Tyner big band, here with pianist Liam Noble (Pigfoot, Christine Tobin), and classical violinist Thomas Gould. The album opens with a modernist atmosphere, moving into a folky violin-led melodic flurry on opener ‘Jacaranda’ before Rattigan digs deep into a hefty improvisation. Recorded in January this year Rattigan’s inspirations include Brahms and Bill Evans. Affectionate and warm, and very different to the new more ascetic French horn/piano duo album Krai, the album has wide appeal, even if it could do with a little more bite. SG
Released on 13 October