A sharp, short shock of an album, plenty of spare almost punkish energy from the sax-bass-drums trio to it, not to forget an array of little surprises coming along the way, with some artful electronics and the tinkle of glockenspiel dubbing in.
Far from a conventional jazz group, yet the overall concept factors in the space and virtuosity of contemporary jazz and even detours for a spot of ingenious konnakol on ‘Jazz Masala’.
Their second album — the band reminds me a little of the kind of group Pete Wareham finds himself in post-Polar Bear, or Roller trio — follows on from the award-winning Another Raindrop released two years ago.
Kuba Więcek is a subtle soloist and on a track like ‘Me and My Present Reason’ shows plenty of variety and his consummate ease as a leader.
Polish star pianist Marcin Masecki crops up as a guest on the puckish ‘Jazz Robots,’ another reason, along with the Django Bates-like whistling, to check out this most intriguing and lively of albums.
Hear the trio at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London on 5 May.
A beautifully arranged optimistic and highly energetic sound from Jonny Mansfield, introducing Elftet due for a release in late-June. Chris Potter, Gareth Lockrane and Kit Downes are among the guests.