Andy Sheppard, Michel Benita, Sebastian Rochford - Trio Libero (4 stars)

Andy Sheppard, Michel Benita, Sebastian Rochford - Trio Libero

Trio make for highly compatible combination on album of lyrical material

(ECM Records)

Saxophonist Andy Sheppard seemed a good match-up with ECM long before he actually made his debut with the label a couple of years ago. He now follows that release with this excellent trio project featuring Algerian bassist Michel Benita and our own Seb Rochford, who traces his interest in playing jazz to seeing Sheppard perform in his native Aberdeen as a teenager. It proves to be a highly compatible combination, with all three musicians making a full contribution to the subtle and imaginative development of the lyrical material, much of which was initially improvised, then more formally structured.

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