Tom Cawley, multiple award-winning jazz pianist, keyboard dynamo with Acoustic Ladyland and worldwide performing artist, has already appeared as a bandleader at New York's Blue Note jazz club and London's Ronnie Scott's. Now, with a newly formed group, he releases his debut album.
'Hidden' is a stunning collection of Cawley's compositions, and a showcase for ensemble playing of great artistry. The empathy between Tom, Sam Burgess (bass) and Joshua Blackmore (drums) is always to the fore - their relentless imagination and innate trust gives the group an unrivalled dynamism, from a whisper to a roar, right across the rhythmic, harmonic and emotional spectrums.
This album represents the culmination of Tom Cawley's career so far. His music betrays myriad influences, but is at once original and true. Curios are a brand new sound, and a remarkable piano trio.
"What impresses most is the band's attack, sparked not only by the leader's percussive strength but also Sam Burgess's powerful, lithe bass and (a real treat) the pleasingly clattering, restless powerhouse drumming of Josh Blackmore - a name to watch out for. A must-see piano trio for anyone interested in where this most crucial of jazz formats can be taken by three intense yet sensitive musicians." Chris Parker, vortexjazz.co.uk
Personnel: Tom Cawley - piano, Sam Burgess - bass, Joshua Blackmore - drums
(4 stars) An extraordinary collection of deeply personal, highly evolved music...a triumphant debut. -- MOJO, (Chris Ingham), May 2007