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16 Hydref 2009 gan John Fordham

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Huw Warren: Hermeto +

Welsh musician Huw Warren doesn't often work in London, so the word isn't out about him as much as it should be. But he's a fine composer and a very classy jazz improviser on both piano and accordion. Mingling Warren's own playing and writing with half an album's worth of scintillating pieces by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal is therefore surefire chemistry - and the presence of Austrian double bassist Peter Herbert and drummer Martin France makes incandescence all the more inevitable. Warren intersperses his own music with Pascoal's, and though the originals are looser and at times more abstract, they reflect both the pair's shared mischievousness and sense of mystery. The cascading, long-lined tune of Harmonia sem Chronologia, the glowing romanticism of Desencontro Certo and the glittering dance of Jegue are irresistible Pascoal pieces that are worth the price of the album. But since Warren and his trio add so much more, it's an even better deal.

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