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Tom Bancroft: Trio Red album coverTom Bancroft’s band Trio Red (whose other members are pianist Tom Cawley and Norwegian bass player Per Zanussi) have just released their debut album, First Hello to Last Goodbye on Tom’s own Interrupto label. It’s made up of a mixture of Bancroft originals, group improvisations and versions of pieces by a variety of writers including Ornette Coleman, Joan Armatrading and Jeff Buckley (the “Last Goodbye” of the title).

I haven’t heard it yet, but it got a very favourable review from John Fordham in the Guardian, who reckoned it was the work of “a shot-in-the-dark venture that turned into a world-class trio in a week.”

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