TORI FREESTONE TRIO El Bar­ranco

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Sax­o­phone, bass and drums trios can be the purest form of jazz – or the purest form of tor­ture. With­out the warm, in­su­lat­ing layer of har­mony, melodies float free above groove, and it takes a player with not only vir­tu­osic tech­nique, but also the range, imag­i­na­tion and taste to keep things in­ter­est­ing. UK sax­o­phon­ist Tori Freestone is such a player, bal­anc­ing a strong melodic in­tel­li­gence with a play­ful, at times reck­less, sense of ad­ven­ture. But the real key to this se­cond record­ing of her trio with bassist Dave Man­ing­ton and drum­mer Tom Giles, is the flu­ency of the lan­guage these three long-time col­leagues have de­vel­oped to­gether, weav­ing in and out of each other’s thoughts, which makes the ab­sence of chords en­tirely moot. whirl­win­drecord­ings.com

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