Full of familiar standards: ‘All The Things You Are,’ ‘Blue In Green’ and ‘Dolphin Dance’ chief among them but don’t feel that you have heard it all before because with Kenny Werner there is a certain intricacy and resolution of familiar situations into something more approaching adventure and this is no different. The harmonic journeys he takes the themes on only he knows the map for, and that touch and intimacy he delivers time and time again makes Solo in Stuttgart such a fascination.
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Father Tongues solo piano album is the latest from Zac Gvi
Zachary Gvirtzman is launching his new album Father Tongues with “a mini-arts festival” at Iklectik Arts Lab near Waterloo in London next month. Dance by Seke Chimutengwende, readings from the pages of Different Skies magazine and artwork by Jim Glover, as well as music from the album performed by Zac are planned for the night. Itself a solo piano affair themed, according to pre-release publicity, around “responsibility, authority and familial love” Father Tongues is mainly freely improvised and amounts to the highest profile artistic departure to date by the innovative avant player whose work on Fly Agaric’s In Search of Soma I certainly enjoyed back in 2012. SG. ‘Blind Elephants’ featured on the F-IRE label release is above and the launch gig is on Wednesday 26 April. Link: Tickets
Charles Lloyd club dates
In their sixtieth year Ronnie’s has pulled off another plum booking with the rare visit by one of the greatest saxophonists, with a two-night visit by the hippie jazz legend Charles Lloyd on 1-2 August now confirmed. I cannot think of the last time the Forest Flower icon played any UK club because usually he confines his visits to big concert halls. Interesting band, a quintet that includes guitar hotshot Julian Lage, he is bringing with him too. Here’s the link for more details and tickets.