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Pianist and keyboard player Tom Cawley is joined by Sam Burgess on bass and Joshua Blackmore on drums in an exemplary exhibition of contemporary piano trio that sounds a lot fresher and more imaginative than EST on their recent Glasgow outing. Cawley is easily the best known member of this trio, and if it is his contribution that makes the most striking impression, this is a genuine ensemble, with each of the players contributing in full measure to the music.

If you only know Cawley from Acoustic Ladyland, then the ease and grace of his beautiful, delicately coloured ballads might take you by surprise. Elsewhere, the surging, restless, occasionally rock-influenced energy of the music provides a highly-charged counterweight. Worth checking out.

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