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TIM LAPTHORN TRIO

NATURAL LANGUAGE

TIM LAPTHORN TRIO
Tim Lapthorn piano, Tom Herbert double bass, Patrick Levett drums

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REVIEWS

“ Joyful and unpretentious.. handsomely performed” Richard Cook, Jazz Review Nov 2004

BASHO RECORDS SRCD 9-2
Release Date: 13th September 2004
Title “Natural Language”
Artist Tim Lapthorn Trio
Catalogue Number SRCD 9-2

1 Loopy (Tim Lapthorn) 5:53 (sample)
2 Hard Times (Ray Charles) 3:53
3 Loose Connection (Tim Lapthorn) 6:11 (click track to hear sample)
4 I Hear a Rhapsody (Fragos and Baker) 5:25
5 Peaceful Place (Tim Lapthorn) 7:37 (sample)
6 Strange Meeting (Bill Frisell) 3:44
7 Bird’s Song (Tim Lapthorn) 5:05 (sample)
8 Falling Grace (Steve Swallow) 4:58
9 Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk, arr. Pat Levett) 3:46
10 My Wild Irish Rose (traditional Irish) 2:32
Total Time 49:04

Tim Lapthorn is a highly gifted young jazz pianist making his mark on the British scene. His bluesy, flowing, lyrical sound sets him apart from many of his contemporaries. His music is accessible and open and his style very much his own. His trio features Tom Herbert double bass and Patrick Levett drums. “Natural Language” is their second album; the first, “Outlines”, received considerable critical acclaim and UK airplay.

Tim Lapthorn

Originally from Cambridge, Tim studied French and philosophy at Leeds University then went on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since graduating in 2000 he has been living in London where he works as a performer, teacher and composer. Tim has worked with leading players such as Gilad Atzmon, Anita Wardell and Pete King. As well as with his own trio, Tim currently works closely with Russell Van den Berg (sax); Georgia Mancio and Victoria Newton (vocals); Julian Jackson (harmonica) and Arnie Somogyi (bass) with whom he will be doing a week-long residency at Ronnie Scott's in November. Tim's many influences include Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, John Taylor and, in particular, Keith Jarrett.

www.timlapthorn.com

Tom Herbert
Tom is also a graduate of the Guildhall and has in recent years performed with many world-class players including Bobo Stenson and Paul Motian. He now works alongside guitarist Dave Okumu and drummer Tom Skinner in the fantastic groups 'Timeline' and 'Jade Fox' and with saxophonist Pete Wareham and drummer Seb Rochford in 'Acoustic Ladyland' and 'Polar Bear'.

Pat Levett
Another graduate of the Guildhall, Pat has since worked with Liane Carroll, Dick Pearce and Nikki Iles. He is also a keen composer and educator and regularly stages workshops for young people across the south-east. Pat is also a great harmonica player!

Recent performances and airplay:

Manchester Jazz Festival Late Junction, BBC Radio 3 606 Club, London Best of Jazz, BBC Radio 2 Birmingham Jazz Festival Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 Royal Festival Hall Main Foyer Jazz Line-up, BBC Radio 3. BBC Jazz Awards 2004 with presenters Claire Martin and Ian Shaw.


REVIEWS

“ Joyful and unpretentious.. handsomely performed” Richard Cook, Jazz Review Nov 2004

“The overall impression of this album is thoughtfulness, meditation and reflective improvisation. Should you buy the CD? Yes! This is piano trio jazz at its best, played with love and respect.”

Jack Kenny, Jazz Views www.jazzviews.co.uk Sept 2004

“a fluid and confident improviser with a deft touch at the keyboard and an eclectic sensibility. A nicely rounded and very listenable calling card” Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise Nov 2004

“ a smart, lively and entertaining set….this optimistic and accomplished session has the feel of both work in progress and a strong well-turned result. Originals such as ‘ Loose Connection’ are interleaved with the odd jazz standard and a collector’s choice of jazz themes, such as Steve Swallow’s ‘ Falling Grace’ and Bill Frisell’s ‘Strange Meeting’. It’s busy and precocious, and as a trio they get a singing quality into their collective sound” BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2004

"Hanging influences round a young pianist’s neck is a little like garlanding them with an albatross. It is also lazy thinking. So throw out the shorthand comparisons with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett and listen. It is hard enough trying to say something new in the trio format that so many great musicians have developed over the years without having to work in shadows of genius.

I watched a young pianist recently who tried to pack so many notes into a bar that the music became indigestible. That does not happen here. It really is brave to eschew the obvious virtuoso effects. The overall impression of this album is thoughtfulness, meditation and reflective improvisation. Tim Lapthorn can also write good themes: listen to the great melody “Loopy”.

On the faster pieces the tempo is such that the lines can be distinguished clearly. Bass player Tom Herbert plays a very conventional accompaniment. In harmony with Lapthorn’s music the bass playing is restrained. Both Herbert and drummer Patrick Levett shine on the reserved reading of Bill Frisell’s "Strange Meeting", because they show their artistry rather than their techniques.

“I Hear a Rhapsody”, “Bemsha Swing”,“My Wild Irish Rose” enable the listener to hear how the improvisation is shaped around the melody. The introduction to “Bemsha Swing” is one of the high lights of the record, completely unlike anything that Bill Evans or Jarrett would do. “My Wild Irish Rose” is a gentle piano solo keeping just clear of sentimentality.

Should you buy the CD? Yes! This is piano trio jazz at its best, played with love and respect.

A final plea: don’t use fade outs. It sounds as though some one has become bored and is unable to appreciate the architecture of the improvisation".

Reviewed by Jack Kenny, Jazz Views

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