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ALBUM REVIEWS

El Barranco

"A formidable improvisers’ showcase of reflectiveness and fierce intensity."
★★★★ The Guardian

"The three musicians gel together perfectly, exuding skill and harmony within an all-too-rarely heard chordless formation."
★★★★ All About Jazz

In the Chophouse

"Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound", John Fordham, The Guardian 4 star review

"This absorbing collection heralds the arrival of a fine trio and a new talent in the thriving British jazz scene—here's to more good times around the corner",  Phil Barnes, All About Jazz 5 star review

"This is a tightly integrated trio in which Tori’s adventurous tenor sax lines mesh with Dave Manington’s bass and the drums of Tim Giles. The three work hand in glove to produce some fascinating improvised lines, always melodic, always swinging and always of interest to the alert listener"  Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal 5 star review

"Tori Freestone is a great communicator, and a there’s playfulness among the serious chops....the musicians have a strong rapport, honed since student days, and listening is pure pleasure- that delicious tenor sound" London Jazz

“In the Chop House” sees Freestone taking on the challenge of the saxophone trio and succeeding. The album title is also doubtless a playful reference to the “chops” of the musicians, something they clearly have in abundance, but the music is about so much more than that. This is the sound of a trio taking risks and having fun but underlying it all is a thoughtfulness and an innate and undemonstrative musicality built entirely upon mutual trust."     The Jazzman

"Her interpretation of Gershwin’s Not For Me shows her sensitivity to melody, a strain that is clear in her own compositions and in her improvisations which have a strong narrative line and highly aware sense of structure and harmony. It’s that harmonic sense, and the strongly melodic playing of both Manington and Giles, that make this a saxophone trio album that never sounds too sparse or lacking in a chordal instrument"  The Jazz Breakfast

"Tori Freestone has been a tremendous surprise.  She has a unique language....an album with much sincerity and without artifice."  Zona de Jazz, Spain

"For In The Chop House her debut as leader, the saxophonist-composer explores the more exposed, harmonically open-ended format of the sax-bass-drums trio... Freestone is inventive, feinting and jabbing at themes and in often playful dance-like conversation with drums and bass....a recording that has a real depth to it"  4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine

"In The Chop House is a noteworthy debut - technically impressive and delivered by a musician who's voice is mature, beautiful, refined and solid from years of honing her craft. This record is a modern jazz treat that will surely keep the purists happy."  The Girls Are Magazine

"Freestone's boldness is amply rewarded. She brings a pleasing freshness and invention to the music."
The Scotsman