Taken from the album Bloom to be released by Whirlwind next month featuring drummer Jeff Williams with pianist Carmen Staaf and double bassist Michael Formanek Williams is quoted by his label as saying: “I grew up listening to many piano trios, especially Ahmad Jamal’s from around 1958–1962 – so that influenced my playing. But there’s no fixed concept, and this was simply a case of ‘Let’s see what we can do with it’. I’ve always played with people who inspire me, enjoying the conversation, going into some depth; and often thinking about the musicians, rather than the instrumentation. So I hope Bloom will allow us to flourish in pursuing this trio further.”
1/ Circuits by Chris Potter
2/ Gold by Human Feel
3/ Love Hurts by Julian Lage
4/ Reflections and Odysseys by Rymden
5/ Imaginary Friends by Ralph Alessi
6/ The Transitory Poems by Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn
7/ Fyah by Theon Cross
8/ Avec le Temps by Giovanni Guidi
9/ Infinity by Tom Harrell
10/ Ninety Degrees Gravity by Trish Clowes
Dexter’s widow Maxine, responding to the honour said: “When Dexter Gordon recorded the album GO on Blue Note Records in 1962, he had no idea that it would become the classic jazz album it became. He loved the album because of the musicians Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins who, as he said, ‘played as one sound.’ I know Dexter would be honoured and delighted with this honour.”
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Agile interplay from Norwegian duo pianist Eyolf Dale and reedsman André Roligheten, formerly known as Albatrosh, Departure is to be released by Edition in May.