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Big Screen - Take One - Jazzwise


01 June 2015
Jazzwise
Selwyn Harris

It's funny how an unapologetically glossy traditional piano trio take on popular TV and film themes can start to sound quite refreshing after experiencing a lot of what's known as contemporary piano trio jazz. But that's the case with Big Screen's Take One, a new album by a trio of three high-calibre musicians, very well versed in straight ahead swing. They are the veteran Scottish pianist Dave Newton, and younger rhythm section of the Empirical bassist Tom Farmer and drummer-leader Matt Skelton, whose heart ls closest to the project being the drummer in the film score specialist arranger John Wilson Orchestra. The trio swing their way economically through a set of songs mostly from Broadway movie musicals, bar a version of 'Chariots of Fire' where the emphasis is on a subtle re-harmonisation of the well-known melody, something that would test the patience of a band like The Bad Plus. A pair of ballads Randy Newman's 'When She Loved Me' and Lionel Bart's 'Wouldn't It Be Lovely' round off the album, shot through with a subtle dose of Americana but no less elegant for it. A perfect fit for Jazz FM's Dinner Jazz slot you could say. But this is a classy showing and Linn's high quality production values back it all the way. 


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