|John Law is a hidden treasure of the UK jazz scene. Alfred Brendel once went so far as to commend this "highly gifted maverick".
Here, Law's trio is joined by saxophonist Julian Siegel on a repertoire of Thelonious Monk pieces and standards, and a nod to another "gifted maverick" - Ahmad Jamal. Law plays Straight No Chaser as a stream of long, coolly swinging lines and stabbed accents, and throws provocative countermelodies and punchy chords at a full-on Siegel in the later stages of the Jamal vehicle Poinciana. This is the kind of retro-jazz that gives the genre a good name. - John Fordham