O'Higgins
 
A sax icon of the UK jazz scene Dave O’Higgins has signed to go-ahead UK indie label  Ubuntu for the first outing of his new band. Expect a release in the autumn. Also on the label’s radar who follows suit is new generation guitarist Rob Luft who joins O’Higgins, drummer Rod Youngs and Belfast organist Scott Flanigan on a project that encompasses the work of Monk and Coltrane.
O’Higgins says: “Rob called me for some ‘blowing’ gigs last year. It wasn’t difficult to find a common repertoire, and a predilection for Monk and Trane tunes was apparent. We had such fun that I suggested trying to get a short tour together and a recording and before we knew it there were 40 dates in the book and a new CD planned with Ubuntu.
“The music we’ve chosen to play focuses on lesser known Monk compositions and some of the songs Coltrane chose to record in the late 50s, more than the usual few Monk tunes and modal Coltrane so often heard. The choice of Scott Flanigan on organ changes our course from the obvious sonority associated with either musician.”
 

Now there's a relative rarity, a new George Benson album in prospect. The guitar great/vocalist returns with Walking to New Orleans due for release in April. Walking to New Orleans is Benson’s first recording since his 2013 Nat King Cole-inspired album Inspiration. With Benson on the new release are drummer and musical director Greg Morrow, guitarist Rob McNelley, pianist Kevin McKendree, and bassist Alison Prestwood.

Obituary via The New York Times

Tori Freestone

Details on the Whirlwind website... the new album is a trio affair to be released in May with saxist Freestone joined by  drummer Tim Giles + bassist Dave Manington due for a May release. Dates coming up include Derby (1 March).

 

Touring their latest album Immigrance, Snarky Puppy November dates are:

06/11/2019 Bournemouth, O2 Academy

07/11/2019 Nottingham, Rock City

08/11/2019 Bristol, O2 Academy

09/11/2019 Oxford, O2 Academy

11/11/2019 Ulster Hall, Belfast

12/11/2019 Olympia theatre, Dublin

14/11/2019 London, Royal Albert Hall

15/11/2019 Manchester, O2 Apollo

16/11/2019 Glasgow, Barrowlands.

 

From elegant double album Day After Day by guitarist Ben Monder to be released in April... the work includes a version of Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer’s ‘Emily’ and Quincy Jones’ ‘The Midnight Sun Will Never Set.’

The great jazz writer Ira Gitler has died. He was 90. More via WBGO.

Stunning first time on vinyl for early-1990s album Ask The Ages, free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock’s final album featuring Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone and Elvin Jones, on drums — with Bill Laswell producing.