Martin Hallmark's jazz trio, the enigmatically named Q3, are relatively new and a breath of fresh air, as they steer clear of familiar jazz standards and 'Real Book' war horses in favour of largely original material. As pianist leader Martin also composes much of the new tunes and changes, this music has an urgency and intelligence that demands close listening. Having recently studied with top US pianist Chick Corea, he's not afraid to break loose and play 'outside' or funky, either. Ably supported by Berklee trained, nimble fingered local electric bass hero Tiago Coimbra and top drummer Steve Hynes there will be lots of virtuosity on display, backed up by some excellent content.
- David Ellingham, Local Secrets