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“An exciting trio with a special sound and understanding. There’s a real vitality and rapport in the group and the compositions are sublime, with Tom’s beautiful, adventurous piano playing throughout. ” John Taylor
“Emerging piano virtuoso Hewson…displays great maturity here in this drum-less trio, with stunning Empirical vibes master Lewis Wright and bassist Calum Gourlay…impressive, free flowing solos – think a twentysomething take on the MJQ.” TimeOut
“This music has a way of steering in and out of what one imagines is familiar territory, with nods to everyone from John Taylor to Stravinsky, Steve Reich to Jimmy Giuffre, put together with loads of humour and intelligence. Most importantly, though, it just sounds great!” Liam Noble
Treehouse take the improvisational drive of jazz into a chamber context, showcasing the virtuosity and interplay of three of the country’s top young jazz musicians in a crystal-clear ensemble with a rich, acoustic sound. Leader and pianist Tom Hewson’s compositions, in the hands of Lewis Wright (MOBO winner with Empirical) and Calum Gourlay (Mercury nominated with the Kit Downes Trio), take in influences such as Dave Holland, Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre and The Claudia Quintet.
The band has had the time to develop a very distinctive sound that has seen them booked to perform to a full house at the 2010 London Jazz Festival, at the 2011 Oxford Jazz Festival, Canterbury Festival and prestigious Kings Place ‘The Base’ Series, as well as at many of London’s well-known jazz venues. Treehouse recorded their first album in 2013 and will be taking a break from gigging until the album is ready, so watch this space.