Did you hear the one about the English pianist, living in Amsterdam, blending a cornucopia of popular music styles under the banner of jazz. Well, that would be Dominic J Marshall, leading his trio of bassist Tobias Nijboer and drummer Jamie Peet through his sequel to 2012's Icaros
(F-ire Records), Spirit Speech
. Nijboer is a holdover from Icaros
, providing Marshall with a rhythmic continuity present in both recordings. Marshall's composing approach is pan-rhythmic, opting for more rock and funk oriented drumming ("Tiwanaku" and "Sleepwalking") dispersed among the ballad-to-boiler tempi of "Austin Peralta" and "Bud."
Marshall successfully joins the past and present in a combination predicting the future of the acoustic jazz trio. He take a less airy, more dense and intense approach than Craig Taborn or Vijay Iyer. His melodic sense coupled with Nijboer solid sense of time and Peets solid sense of space make "N = This Very Duo" and "Enter the Void" representative of a new, progressive trio art further solidifying the place of original composition in instrumental jazz.