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.

Trish Clowes

It's a 26 April release for new album Ninety Degrees Gravity by acclaimed saxophonist composer bandleader Trish Clowes. Fronting her My Iris band the album is released by UK jazz indie Basho.

Oblique, a little reminiscent of the style of Iain Ballamy, this complicated music, prog-like in places always pushes ahead and Clowes has plenty of firepower at her disposal plus lots of timbral resource complete with a careful command of contemporary jazz language that besides Ballamy also is reminiscent of some of Wane Shorter’s methodology.

Strong on both group interplay and compositional skill this is one of the most outstanding new UK jazz albums to be released this year.

Clowes has been selected to perform at the Made in the UK series to be held in New York state later in 2019 and she will be touring the album in May and June in the UK. SG
Ross Stanley, above left, James Maddren, Trish Clowes and Chris Montague. 

This is all about romanticism and beauty, a naturalistic arc at play always with the Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi, this latest studio album recorded in France extending his core unit by adding sax and guitar on a few tracks. Opening with the Léo Ferré-penned title track immediately we are in richly melodic territory and Guidi has that impossibly persuasive touch that invites us warmly in, the bass of Thomas Morgan almost desultorily picking out wistful ideas towards the end. Most of the tunes are Guidi’s and while the extra players bring variety I think the charm of the album lies in the trio tracks. A nice touch is the homage to the late Tomasz Stanko at the end. SG