Keep your ears busy
Neame’s compositions certainly keep your ears busy
Ivo Neame and Jim Hart work so well together that they look like becoming a regular partnership in the coming year. Each plays more than one instrument, so we can look forward to plenty of variety. This time, it’s Neame on piano and Hart on vibes, sounding rather like a slippery, angular, latterday MJQ. Neame’s compositions certainly keep your ears busy. Hear “Birdbrained”, with its off-centre bebop phrasing, for a case in point. Two further names to watch complete the quartet – bassist Jasper Hoiby and drummer James Maddren.
– Dave Gelly, The Observer, Dec 2009