The gig is a live recording from the group’s appearance at this year’s London Jazz Festival, and features an agile version of On/Off, which is considerably quicker than a live version I heard at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, when the group appeared on the ‘BBC Presents’ stage earlier this year, about which I’ve written previously.
Also in the set list is the sinuous ‘Seven,’ and the performance closes with the nimble, deft and compulsive ‘Master and Margarita.’
The unusual line-up features a cello which, along with electric guitar, creates an interesting sonority, with the cello sometimes lyrical, sometimes providing sustained lines behind a solo improvisation, and sometimes lending an edgy quality to the melodic line. Trish Clowes’ writing has a highly individual flavour, and her improvising demonstrates an organic coherence that lends her solos a beguiling sense of effortless ease.
There’s a selection of the group’s tracks on SoundCloud.
Catch the live gig on Radio 3 if you can online here.