A delicious hitherto unreleased Swiss recording from 1999 named after an Ornette Coleman tune that Paul Bley had been playing since the Hillcrest days it is worth noting how different sounding this trio comes across when compared with today’s typical piano trio. This has far more of a fractured and abstract sense than most piano trios today who tend to be more rock or electronica-influenced and who often tend to lean towards a sweeter sense of melody. Bley, Peacock and Motian are never far away from bebop and yet there is nothing dated about their performance or approach here: Bley elegiac and hugely modernistic in his solos, Motian a scampering, engaged, presence leaving it to Peacock to find hidden spaces to draw out and angle the trio in a new direction as each tune develops.
‘There (Reversed Lullaby)’ is a new single issued ahead of the release of Loredana by the vocalist Emilia Mårtensson the album to be released by Babel also featuring guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson. Emilia launched the single at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London on 29 May.
Mesmerising sounds here from flying Finns Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen drawn from their self-titled album coming up on the WeJazz label in June.
Straying away towards a more spiritual direction on some tracks from the hard bop terrain you will often hear the sax/drums pair inhabit, the two have not recorded like this before although have played together often in such bands as The Five Corners Quintet and the Teddy Rok Seven. Worth a spin.
From the Peter Frampton Band’s new instrumental version of the standard ‘Georgia On My Mind’ featured on All Blues, which will be released in June with the rock star’s band of Adam Lester on guitar and vocals, Rob Arthur (keyboards/guitar/vocals) and drummer Dan Wojciechowski among the personnel.
Pianist Michel Camilo has his 25th album, Essence, as a leader released next month on a label called Resilience Music Alliance. Check out a slice of it above. It is fairly rare to hear Camilo with his own big band. “I picked songs,” he says, “that represent shifts in my career and my point of view, that showcase how I developed my sound. I’ve always thought of the trio as a mini-orchestra, so the big band is a way to celebrate my career and my journey with a group of friends creating together in the studio.”
Chiasm is a must for free improv fans, Evan Parker in engrossing form with Jacob Anderskov’s trio Kinetics recorded at London’s Vortex club and live in the studio in Copenhagen and released recently by the Portuguese label Cleanfeed. More here.
Glastonbury this year features some of the most consistently hyped new generation bands around at the moment plus the odd golden oldie thrown in for good measure. The Comet Is Coming play on the Friday like a lot of the jazz acts taking to the West Holts stage. Ezra Collective appear there on the Saturday while on the Sunday it is the turn of Kamasi Washington and token older jazz legend Roy Ayers plus novelty booking Jeff Goldblum booked for his movie star power presumably and not for his really pretty wack piano playing! Steam Down play the Park Stage on the Friday, Sons of Kemet also are on the Park Stage on the Saturday. Madeleine Peyroux and the Hackney Colliery Band can also be spotted playing the Acoustic Stage both on the Sunday. The Pussy Parlure stage, who knew?, also has a few new jazz acts featuring with Joe Armon Jones, Poppy Ajudha and Emma-Jean Thackray’s Walrus shoehorned in on the Friday. Glastonbury website.
I have long been a fan of trumpeter Ralph Alessi but to be frank do not know any of the other players here who are Danish drummer and composer Terkel Nørgaard with Alessi, pianist Søren Gemmer and bassist Jesper Thorn. Their relative obscurity notwithstanding together they paint an engrossing picture, quite heavy and intense in places: Alessi’s mood, often dark and verging on the tragic but equally capable of a skipping dancing quality, with open drumming and a feeling of abstraction arranged around him. A fine achievement and excellent introduction to some talented Danes. Alessi plays his socks off. SG