Punch Elliot Galvin Trio Edition Pianist Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of British jazz and this second album, following Dreamland in 2014, earned him the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year award in Germany this year. There are nine originals and one deconstructed standard, Mack the Knife. The music is highly original with an impossibly wide range of influences, from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, and Galvin plays an amazing range of instruments: piano, melodica, kalimba. accordion, cassette player and Stylophone, a miniature analog stylus-operated keyboard. Galvin’s individual approach is introduced on the opening track, Punch and Judy, by an old recording of children at a Punch and Judy show accompanied by the piano-led trio, with staccato interludes and alternating bouts of silence. Drummer Simon Roth adds glockenspiel and bassist Tom McCredie provides, on Lions, a fleeting impersonation of Slam Stewart’s famous bass and vocal routine, as well as an impressive opening to 1666. Closest to a pastoral track is Tipu’s Tiger, with its delicate piano and kalimba, while the only non-original is a dark and brooding interpretation using pulsating block piano chords and a variety of percussive effects. A classical-style piano accompanied by whistling introduces Cosy, which later breaks into a strong rhythm section with a piano bass line reminiscent of Lady Madonna, before wandering off and reintroducing a whistling conclusion. Although this collection has many passages of familiar piano trio styles it also ventures into somewhat different approaches using an inventive idiosyncratic style, often displaying Galvin’s wry sense of humour.