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Sandy Brown Jazz Review



Since graduating from Trinity Conservatoire in London in 2009, Peter Edwards has been racking up the awards. He was nominated in the MOBO Awards for 'Best Newcomer' and then picked up the Jazz FM Award for 'Breakthrough Act' in 2015 along with the Parliamentary Jazz 'Newcomer' Award. Drummer Moses Boyd has echoed that in 2016 picking up the same two awards in his duo with saxophonist Binker Golding. Max Luthert, the third member of the trio, is much sought after for his work as a bass player. With Edwards he is part of Zara McFarlane's band and his associations are many, in particular his co-leadership of Partikel. With all these gongs and plaudits the portents for Peter Edwards's second album following 2014's Safe And Sound are good.

The album brings us eight tracks, all written by Peter Edwards. Samba City takes us straight into a fast, catchy Latin number with a brief bass/drum duet after the piano outing and some nice drum work from Moses Boyd. The ballad Loved Ones, a light, lyrical, romantic piece, was written to recognise the support Peter has received from family and friends. At track 3, Groove Swing Funk ripples out and contains all the elements in the title, and now you can hear why the pianist's playing attracts attention...

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