Tom Richards, Tom Richards Orchestra
Jazz musician and composer who released the enthusiastically received Smoke and Mirrors
I love the Sam Crockatt Quartet's Howeird (Cadiz Music). Sam's compositions are incredibly melodic and open, and Gwilym Simcock does the most ridiculously virtuosic piano solo on the track 'Project 1', which is worth the price of the album alone.
That from the Observer best albums of 2008 list.
Well done Sam!
Copies of Howeird should be available for sale from C & P from tomorrow. If you want an advance taste then visit his Myspace page.