1st March 2017: ‘Roots of Unity’ by Escape Hatch (Ivo Neame, Andrea Di Biase, Dave Hamblett and Julian Argüelles) ★★★★ from The Jazz Mann amongst latest album reviews

A piano trio who have been honing and roadworking their craft over the past few years, Escape Hatch recently released their debut album Roots of Unity on Whirlwind. A collaborative concept birthed by Milan-born double bassist Andrea Di Biase and British pianist Ivo Neame, the line-up is completed by London-based drummer Dave Hamblett, and augmented by guest saxophonist Julian Argüelles.

Here are the highlights from recent reviews of Roots of Unity:

“The lovely thing about this band is its ability to stretch out and create all kinds of emotional colour, passionate drive and diversity of artistic interest.”
London Jazz (full review)

“Roots of Unity represents an impressive début from Escape Hatch. The music is inherently accessible and approachable and even at its most complex the group sound is never overly heavy or difficult. [Argüelles] is genuinely world class and he adds hugely to the success of an already impressive album.”
★★★★ The Jazz Mann (full review)

“A rewarding listen, not only for the group cohesion but also for the chance to hear Argüelles and Neame stretching out in solos.”
London Jazz (full review)

“Outstanding”
Sandy Brown Jazz (full review)