Shock! - Gareth Williams Power Trio - The Herald

Although he acknowledges the influence of mighty rock threesomes Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in Gareth Williams's mind power trio equates to three musicians playing with their inner conviction rather than innumerable Marshall stacks. Thus the pianist, best known in these parts for his work with singer Claire Martin and guitarist Jim Mullen, distils native Welsh melancholy, fondness for hymn singing and Millenium Stadium fervour into compact, attractive jazz and funk tunes, adding much mobile self-expression on acoustic and electric piano. There's fine playing too, from bass guitarist Laurence Cottle and drummer Ian Thomas.

The Herald
21 March 2009