Hutton’s first album of original compositions ‘Cross That Bridge’ (33jazz33) was released in 2006 (33 Records) and signaled a move away from conventional piano trio music . with a search for fresh approaches to the song form and an emphasis on capturing a broad spectrum of textures.
An album of original compositions. There are definite references to classic piano trio language,and contemporary New York jazz but some of the compositions lean more towards European influences with some enchanting English Folk inspired song based melodies.
1. Another Good Reason
A medium tempo feel good song. Written as a celebration of playing jazz, despite its difficulties.
It features the hard swinging bass playing of Mike Janisch.
2. Robin Hood's Cave
An English folk-inspired melody. Robin Hoods cave is in Derbyshire. It's hard to find and not many people know its there!
3. Blue-Yellow Waltz
This was written after my first visit to Denmark. It's a dreamy, optimistic and laid-back waltz.
4. Just in Time
The only standard on the album.I really like the way the bass and drums play at this fast tempo.
5. Karina's Song
A folk influenced ballad.
6. Cross that Bridge
'We'll cross that bridge if and when'... I seem to be saying that a lot at the moment!
My most recent composition; the melody twists and turns, but does resolve eventually.
7. Just Smile
A happy tune written one sunny Saturday morning in June.
8. Professor Purcell
A new version of a composition I wrote for Simon Purcell, an great influence when I first moved to London.
8/07/2008, JOHN FORDHAM, The Guardian
(4 stars) 'Improvisations that join an affectingly hooky melodic knack to a rich and freewheeling impressionism as his speculations open out......It's a set that will stand high among UK jazz achievements at the year's end.'
PAT GILBERT - Mojo Magazine
‘ Cross That Bridge’ is a totally fresh sounding album… melodic and colourful music with the potential to appeal to a wide audience…but catch the trio live for the full fix of this extraordinary musician’.
TOM BARLOW – Jazzwise
'Alex Hutton is a hugely engaging modern jazz pianist and ‘Cross that Bridge’ confirms the point thanks to his energetic ultra-swinging piano trio. Both melodically and technically gifted. It’s not only his playing that impresses. Rooted in the tradition, but equally inventive, Alex clearly knows a thing or two about good song writing. Recommended!’
STEVE RUBIE - 606 Club
‘The UK is blessed with a team of hugely talented young pianists, and Alex is most certainly at the forefront of these’.
…’Cross that Bridge’ is a wonderful new CD full of original compositions covering a wide range of musical colours. ‘
2006, By CHRIS PARKER (VORTEX JAZZ CLUB), ‘CROSS THAT BRIDGE’ ALBUM REVIEW
‘Alex Hutton is a real find, capable of slow-building, intelligently worked solos that specialise in teasing rhythmic displacement and a cunning use of space, and often culminate in splashy but carefully controlled climaxes.’
2006, by NICK LEA, ALEX HUTTON TRIO – ‘CROSS THAT BRIDGE’ ALBUM REVIEW
'This is an enjoyable set that is revealing more with each successive hearing. The rhythm section gel nicely, with drummer Simon Lea latching on to the pianist and shadowing his every move. Bassist Mike Janisch is equally impressive, adding a little muscle and bullying proceedings along in a manner that sets up a great sense of tension and release within the trio.'
23/04/2006, INTERVIEW by Jon Rhys, ALEX HUTTON & NEW ALBUM ‘CROSS THAT BRIDGE’
'Although Alex Hutton is often described as one of the leading young pianists in this country he has in fact been playing the UK jazz scene for several years now and it was a great pleasure to catch up with Alex recently and to ask him a few questions about his music and his thoughts on the current London jazz scene.
Alex’s most recent album “Cross That Bridge” received three stars and a complimentary review in the May 2006 issue of ‘Jazzwise’ and I began by asking Alex how he came to write the material for the album.'
C & P 2005 by Alex Hutton.
All compositions by Hutton except ‘Just in Time‘ by J. Styne.
Recorded on14/15 June 2005 by Dick Hammett @ Red Gables Studio, London.
Mixed and mastered by Phil Scragg
Executive producer: Paul Jolly.