Julian Siegel Trio - Live at the Vortex (4 stars)

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Julian Siegel Trio - Live at the Vortex

(Basho Records)

JAZZ

Named Best Instrumentalist at the BBC UK Jazz Awards in 2007, saxophonist Julian Siegel is joined by New York-based musicians Greg Cohen (bass) and Joey Baron (drums) on this tough but exciting two-CD set, recorded at London’s Vortex in early 2007. Eight of Siegel’s inventive and unorthodox tunes (and cover versions of ‘Alfie’ and ‘One Mint Julep’) are given extended and absorbing treatments.

There is nowhere to hide in the trio setting, but the players are used to playing without the harmonic support, not least in John Zorn’s great Masada quartet, and all three respond exhilaratingly in a freewheeling musical interplay.

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