Phronesis: Life to Everything

Fri, Apr 11, 2014, 00:00


Life to Everything




They have four studio albums under their collective belts and enjoy wide acclaim for their mesmeric live shows. So this Anglo-Nordic outfit look ready to assume the mantle vacated by EST as the breakthrough European piano trio, capable of impressing the nerds at the front without alienating the dudes at the back. Nearly 10 busy years on the road have forged bassist Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger into a tight-knit, telepathic unit and gained for them a formidable reputation as a live act, so it was about time Phronesis released an album captured in their natural habitat. Recorded over three nights at last year’s London Jazz Festival, Life to Everything (a quote from Plato, no less) crackles with creative energy, a worthy document of a group reaching the zenith of their powers.