Hearing John Law's trio had me paying rapt attention to every bar, every nuance in a way I don't remember since listening for 30 years. One to watch out for in 2008.
Nod Knowles chief executive, Bath Festivals and president of Europe Jazz Network, Jazzwise January 2007
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Intricate, intimate and lovely...a masterclass in lyricism, and a delightful one at that.
Tom Barlow, Jazzwise September 2007
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This British piano virtuoso John Law runs a sublime, somewhat Brad Mehldau-inspired trio. John Law introduced this fine trio last November, and you could have heard a pin drop when they played the Vortex. Law is steeped in both classical music and jazz, and it may not be coincidental that this first set of a trio series has a title link to American jazz/classical piano star Brad Mehldau's Art of the Trio sequence. Like Mehldau, Law plays boldly independent lines in each hand, likes hooks that slowly evolve over subtle harmony changes, is captivating at low volumes and surefooted on swing. For a free-jazz and contemporary-classical explorer, this set is an explicit shift toward accessible tunes. But Law's spontaneous virtuosity and the skills of his partners offer many options. As well as being a formidable thematic improviser, whose phrasing constantly opens up new twists, Law writes beautiful romantic ballads (check Look Into My Eyes, or Song). And, together with bassist Sam Burgess and thrilling drummer Asaf Sirkis, he hops themes and time signatures without blinking. If anything can make Law's powers apparent to a wider public, this should.
John Fordham, The Guardian August 24, 2007
A sublime trio, it's a band heading for great things.
John Fordham, Jazz UK 2007
John Fordham, The Guardian 2006
Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday 2007