Huw Warren - Hermeto + (4 stars)

Huw Warren - Hermeto +

(Basho Records)

Welsh pianist Huw Warren is one of the most consistently intriguing and persistently undervalued musicians on the UK scene. Whether leading his own imaginative projects, co-founding Perfect Houseplants or working with musicians from Andy Sheppard and Tim Garland to Billy Bragg and June Tabor, his fluid invention and off-beat harmonic and rhythmic explorations are always stamped with an admirable individuality and imagination.

Warren has also worked with composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal in his UK touring band, and acknowledges the Brazilian has been an influence on his music for a quarter-century. Hermeto + alternates Warren’s take on Pascoal’s distinctive tunes with his own rather more abstract compositions directly inspired by him. Both sets of material are colourful, vibrant and suffused with playful wit, with Warren’s endlessly resourceful pianism (and occasional accordion) underpinned by bassist Peter Herbert and Martin France’s powerful drumming.


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