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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Hewson Trio: Treehouse

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Treehouse, album number two from the young British pianist Tom Hewson, finds him working in a trio (which is also known as Treehouse) alongside two more of the brightest young players on the UK jazz scene--bassist Calum Gourlay and vibes player Lewis Wright. It's a lyrical and engaging collection--mostly of Hewson's own compositions--with the relatively rare pairing of piano and vibes giving the music an added frisson of interest. Hewson's debut, Slightly Peculiar (Self Produced, 2012), was a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Hewson: Slightly Peculiar

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Pianist Tom Hewson didn't set out to make a solo piano album; it's just the way the nine original compositions which grace Slightly Peculiar turned out. At least that's the way he tells it. The story suggests that Hewson is a rather self-effacing chap--he could just as readily have spun a tale of grand schemes and master plans. The music tends to support this perception. There's no showboating, no outpouring of virtuosity for its own sake, nothing to frighten the ...