Peaceful Place is Ellis’s third album, and as we have heard from other musicians in recent months, Covid has had at least one benefit: isolation and lack of gigs can result in to a pleasing reflective quality in the music that we might not otherwise have heard. Practical constraints also focus the mind. Having booked guest players for her previous albums (Binker Golding, James Copus, Rob Luft), this time she has restricted herself to a limited palette. And no singing this time, just piano, double bass and drums. The outcome: the best recording she’s made to date.
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