Barry Green - album review (3 stars)

Barry Green

Introducing Barry Green

JAZZ

(TenToTen)

Back in the 50s and 60s, jazz label bosses often unveiled a new talent to the public via an album under the ‘Introducing’ title. Clark Tracey has re-established the practice with this debut album from a young English pianist, and has added greater resonance to the title by featuring him in a number of settings, taking in solos, duos and trios as well as in the role of accompanist.

Some listeners may find the contrast between his mainstream manner when accompanying singers Anita Wardell and Christine Tobin and his much more experimental approach on the instrumental tracks a little incongruous, but it does allow us to hear a wide spread of what this impressive talent can do. Other guests include Martin Speake, Ingrid Laubrock and the ubiquitous Seb Rochford.

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