The Euan Burton / Tom Gibbs Group release debut album Forgotten Things (3 stars)

The Euan Burton/Tom Gibbs Group release debut album Forgotten Things

Two familiar figures in the Scottish Jazz scene launch new album at Glasgow Jazz Festival

Bass player Euan Burton and pianist Tom Gibbs are already familiar figures among the younger musicians making an impression on the current Scottish jazz scene, and their debut album, launched at the recent Glasgow Jazz Festival, is a pleasing affair. The recording was made immediately after a tour with American drummer Ari Hoenig in 2008, and also features another New York-based musician, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, and Edinburgh-based saxophonist Martin Kershaw.

Gibbs and Burton alternate writing credits, and their music has a delicate, almost understated chamber jazz feel much of the time, although Burton’s funky ‘Party Time’ (on which Gibbs switches from piano to electric keyboard) predictably raises the temperature. The joint leaders turn in strong performances, Kershaw is in his usual inventive form on both alto saxophone and clarinet, and Hoenig’s intelligent and responsive drumming is a constant pleasure.

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