Bill Charlap Trio Street of Dreams Blue Note The jazz piano trio is a thing of beauty – a real test of interplay and musicianship, and of course the mercurial time-stretch between all of this; players working their own magic as a way to channel a collective good – a communal sound that feels as […]
Cécile McLorin Salvant & The Aaron Diehl Trio MFC Tuesday, March 13 This was always likely to be one of the festival highlights – Miami-born, New York-based jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and backing band The Aaron Diehl Trio.
Neil Cowley Trio Touch and Flee Naim Jazz/Southbound Neil Cowley was an unknown to me, I heard – and liked – debut album, Displaced – among the originals that sparkled, a shiny, funky brand of piano-trio jazz, was a reworking of the pinball music from Sesame St; hey, a little gimmicky, but they nailed it […]
Ahmad Jamal Saturday Morning Jazz Village I loved Blue Moon, Ahmad Jamal’s album from last year and Saturday Morning is a better record; livelier, it spins in different circles, there’s more flourishes, more colour, more enthusiasm, the percussive groove is fully locked down now – splashes of cymbals and conga accents dive in and […]
Enrico Pieranunzi Live at the Village Vanguard Cam Jazz Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi here offers a live set that was recorded in 2011 – a new release for 2013; it’s unclear why it’s taken so long to see the light of day but it’s a special set, not least of all for capturing one of […]
Crayford Sellers Dyne Our Own Sweet Way Rattle I admire Rattle’s commitment to great music and to beautiful packaging. The CD might be dead but for those still whispering long live the CD Rattle provide some hope, some belief in the product/artefact. Jonathan Crayford (piano), Roger Sellers (drums) and Paul Dyne (bass) are three of […]