Tom Millar Quartet
LONDON Inventions and Dimensions @ Ram Jam Records
Pianist and composer Tom Millar plays original music from his debut album Unnatural Events with his quartet.
Award-winning pianist and composer Tom Millar released his debut album 'Unnatural Events' a year ago. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him. Tracks include the soulful ballad 'Park Hill'; his setting of the proto-environmentalist poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'; and rock-out grooves in 'The Seafarer', 'Power Chord Thing' and 'Woad'. To support the release, the quartet had a 20-date UK tour, with the support of the Arts Council England, and it has since received extensive airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, and London Jazz Radio.
Tom Millar - Piano
Alex Munk - Guitar
Matt Ridley - Bass
Dave Storey - Drums
‘ Millar’s writing is part of a lineage of polished modernism whose building blocks are to be found in the holy trinity of Herbie, Chick and Bill Evans, but whose additional masonry has pleasing echoes of their scions, namely Pat Metheny and Brian Blade. At its highpoint the performance reaches a poetic, pastoral grace. ’
‘ Beautifully articulated piano lines… Millar’s percussive composition 'Rain in Rio' [was] an audience favourite. ’
‘ Brought to mind for me the soundworlds you might hear in the Brian Blade Fellowship or Bill Frisell - I'm a sucker for this kind of thing. ’