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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Scottish collective (who do not play jazz nor a trio) is the first to features just one vocalist, Kate Sudgen.
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 19, 2018
    80
    Highlights include Richard Youngs' wistful Summer's Edge, with Sugden deadpan amid a splashing keyboard fountain. [May 2018, p.97]
  2. Apr 19, 2018
    80
    Standards Vol IV will get deserved airplay thanks to its electronic take on classic pop (from Bacharach and The Beach Boys to early Harry Nilsson) but hidden in all that sunshine and heartache is a progression from a sound that once so defined them. Standard? Above standard, more like.
  3. Apr 19, 2018
    70
    The National Jazz Trio's style can seem too sparse and basic to make an impression at first, but their approach exposes genuine emotions, and it's unconventional enough to elude easy comparison.
  4. Uncut
    Apr 19, 2018
    60
    Wells favours minimal lyrics and skeletal, looping arrangements that an feel overly austere, but the improvised viola scraps and sampled splash of New Orleans jazz on "A Quiet Life" show an evolution towards Matthew Herbert territory. [May 2018, p.30]
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