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The Peter Edwards Trio - A Matter of Instinct (Edwards Music Productions)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire graduate and BBC-championed musician and composer Peter Edwards has earned a great deal of respect from critics over the past few years, especially after the release of his trio's 2014 LP SAFE AND SOUND. But it's with A MATTER OF INSTINCT that this Tyner-esque pianist comes of age with a collection that includes quick footed sambas, some deliciously angular funk and fizzing soul.

Edwards is joined by Max Luthert, whose bass remains considerate throughout, and artful drummer Moses Boyd, who manages to keep his fellow musicians tightly bound from the get go. But it is, without any doubt, the delicate finger-walks of the trio's pianist – bathed in the exquisite production of the legendary Tony Platt – that urges the listener to lean in.

Amongst the sprawling beauty of Loved Ones and Down But Not Out, as well as the title track which sees Edwards turn to the gorgeous Fender Rhodes electric piano, lies the album's show-stealer The Runaround; a moment of quirky elegance which showcases Peter's ability to make a rest seem even more interesting and alive than some of the notes themselves. It's a triumph of an album from a constantly engaging piano trio.

Liam Wilkinson
Northern Sky