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This first CD from Oxfordshire based ‘3bpm’ captures the spirit of a classic acoustic Jazz trio. There is a real organic feel to the recording which takes the listener on a journey from the bluesy Van Morrison opener ‘Cleaning Windows’ through exciting Latin cross rhythms of ‘As Above’ to the delicious dream-like qualities of Ivor Lin’s ‘The Island’. Pickett, Jefferies and Twyford have ample space in which to showcase their musical skills, the band works as a cohesive unit and the three original pieces by Pickett demonstrate a musical maturity that makes the whole album a melodic and rhythmic treat for a wide range of discerning listeners.

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CD Title ‘First Hearing’


Martin Pickett piano

Paul Jefferies double bass

Ben Twyford drums.

Cleaning windows Van Morrison 6:05

Baby Plays Around Elvis Costello 6:24

Scarborough Traditional 5:55

Jockey Full of Bourbon Tom Waits 3:45

Don’t Give Up Gabriel/Bush 5.14

The Island Lins/Martin 4:36

The Red One Pat Metheney 3:55

First Hearing Martin Pickett 5:12

Soft Focus Ditto 3:04

As Above Ditto 4:58

Closing Kenny Wheeler 2:35

All arranged by Pickett/Jeffries/Twyford

Recorded at Porcupine Studios, London by Nick Taylor

Mastered by Tim Turan

July 23, 24 2007.

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