Part three of my summary of the piano trios I have purchased in the past couple of months features piano trios that are a bit outside the "standards" trios, but not really very far. These are the CDs that would stretch a straight-ahead listener a bit, but not too much, and I would encourage such a listener to try them. These are what I would term modern creative jazz sets, mixed sets of improvisation and composition, and deconstructions of standards and pop tunes, but always within the framework of an acoustic trio.
It happens that all of the CDs presented here are from overseas, and in fact are all on UK labels. The UK and Europe are at the forefront of a lot of the new modernist trio think, with some groups well-known in the U.S. and others known for the most part only overseas. Note that in past posts I have written extensive pieces on some of the trios that play music within this context, like Gwilym Simcock, Stefano Bollani, Helge Lien, John Law, Yaron Herman, and Zoe Rahman among others. This is my small attempt to bring some attention to more of them.