Meadow - Blissful Ignorance (4 stars)

Meadow - Blissful Ignorance

(Edition Records)

A blissful combination that brings together three of the most creative musicians in European jazz, saxophonist Tore Brunborg, pianist John Taylor and drummer Thomas Strønen. Throwing together tasty ingredients doesn’t necessarily guarantee a satisfying dish, but this trio meet the high expectations their names suggest.

Brunborg takes the lion’s share of the compositional credits, but it is the interplay of their combined talents and musical understanding that really stands out in their explorations of the material, whether on the dominant floating semi-abstract ballads or more overtly energised outings like ‘Badger’ and ‘Meadow’.

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