Phronesis

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Phronesis are a jazz trio headed up by Danish bassist Jasper Høiby and completed by Swedish drummer Anton Eger and British pianist Ivo Neame. They’re each hugely impressive individually, but together, with Høiby’s grooves, Eger’s fervent drums and Neame’s melodic lines, they are genuinely formidable.

They’re also arguably at the forefront of modern progressive jazz trios – certainly equals to their US counterparts, The Bad Plus. Phronesis’ sound has evolved from bands like EST (the hugely respected Swedish trio that was led by the late pianist Esbjörn Svensson), but their music is truly their own, balanced and skilled, and instantly recognisable. Theirs is the kind of jazz that’s thoughtful, crafted and frenetic.

This week, they’ll be playing in support of their excellent new live album, ‘Life to Everything’. The album title comes from a quote often attributed to Plato – apt given that their name displays an impressive knowledge of philosophical terminology. It’s their fifth release and hands-down their best yet. Recorded live across three nights at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, the album perfectly captures their high-octane live performances – an experience you can now have for yourself.

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