12 Points! starts with elegance and poise from an outstanding Hungarian piano trio and its union of European lyricism with the swagger of contemporary US jazz. Fittingly, its led by Daniel Szabo, an exceptional talent nurtured on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently with Bob Brookmeyer at The New England Conservatory, which Szabo attended as a Fulbright Scholar. The great trombonist/composer’s benign influence is evident in Szabo’s fine compositions, with artful use of chromaticism and a casual ease with asymmetric rhythms that is the hallmark of his own Hungarian traditional music. He’s just recently concluded an extensive European tour with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkle, and makes his Dublin debut with compatriots from Budapest’s fertile jazz scene, bassist Mayas Szandai and drummer Andras Mohay.