Highly interactive young piano trio from Manchester featuring Chris Illingworth (piano), Grant Russell ( bass) and Rob Turner (drums). Debut album “Fanfares” released November 2012 on Manchester trumpeter and DJ Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana label. The trio have already attracted a cult following for their energetic live performances.
Grant Russell replaced by Nick Blacka for the trio’s second album “v2.0” (Gondwana Records, March 2014).
"A remarkably interactive trio with each member playing a key role.“Fanfares” exhibits enormous promise. There are some strong tunes here and the playing is assured and confident throughout."
""v2.0"sounds like a real "band" album with a more clearly defined sound and a strong group identity that expresses a unified attitude and sense of purpose. This is a band to watch. "
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Pending his 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival gig with John Surman's Brass Project John talks more about his work with Soft Machine & with Surman, Eberhard Weber & others. He also picks his top ten CDs.
In the second part of his interview with guest contributor Trevor Bannister John establishes himself on the 1960s London jazz and session scene and gets the call from Soft Machine.