If you come across this music, it's almost certainly going to be labelled as jazz, but it really deserves something a bit more. I wasn't aware of John Law until I came across a review of this album in the Guardian. It caught my attention because of the presence of the very excellent Asaf Sirkis on drums, who I've heard playing with Gilad Atzmon's band on a couple of occasions.
John Law clearly has very wide ranging musical sympathies and one of the tracks here that best captures this is Three Part Invention. You can certainly hear a baroque-type theme in there but this has got so much energy that it's in a completely different universe to anything by Jacques Loussier. There is a lot of very lyrical music here but also real improvising - part of the essence of jazz.
We seem to be living in Golden Age of jazz piano trios. Brad Mehldau, the late and very much lamented Esbjorn Svensson, Tord Gustavson, Stefano Bollani and Liam Noble have all joined my music collection in the last year or so. Well, this group deserves to be considered at just the same level. In fact, one of the tracks here will seem a little familiar to E.S.T. fans - Trap Clap sees Sam Burgess using fuzz effects on his bass. He backs it up with excellent playing throughout. Asaf Sirkis does some lovely subtle stuff on the quieter tracks but he can really rock when he needs to.
I'm seriously looking forward to investigating John Law's other albums in this series.