Alex Hutton Trio - Legentis (3 stars)

Alex Hutton Trio - Legentis

Sheffield-born pianist showcases folk and classical influences

(F-IRE Presents)

Sheffield-born pianist Alex Hutton laid out his melodic and compositional strengths on his earlier Songs from the Seven Hills, and they are in evidence again here, but within a wider range of stylistic references. Hints of bands like E.S.T. or The Bad Plus crop up here and there amid his folk and classical influences, notably on the striking opening track, ‘J J’, and ‘Then There Were Four’. His powerful trio with bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Asif Sirkis is augmented by French horn, flute, cor anglais or the wordless vocals of Heidi Vogel on selected tunes, adding new colours to a pleasing mix.

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