Sun Of Goldfinger is pretty epic to watch out for to be released in early-March... the latest from David Torn, Tim Berne and Ches Smith.
An open ended deep listen coated in electric guitar and electronics and that tart, sensuous alto sax input of Tim Berne’s and inspired drumming of Smith’s, you won’t have heard anything as absorbing as this in a very, very long while. Craig Taborn and a string section and additional guitars also feature on the track titled ‘Spartan, Before It Hit.’
It has been quite a while since this Joshua Redman Quartet configuration has issued an album, some 20 years or so in fact since Redman last teamed up with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in the easy mainstream space that Redman has virtually made his own over the years.
Out in late-March (before then Redman is also over playing the Barbican in London with his Still Dreaming quartet later this month) this is full of bittersweet elegiac melody and lands if you like right in the middle stylistically of where jazz is these days, neither smooth nor full of extravagant avant garde gesture. Redman brings with him nonetheless an encyclopedia of saxophone prowess and in some ways nothing really has changed since we were introduced to him back in the 1990s.
Full of original tunes there is plenty here for newcomers to jazz and old hands alike. For sure one thing that Redman never forgets is how to shape a melody and draw on his emotional side and with this band manages to underline his key approach so convincingly once again.
Photo: Arne Reimer
Singer Anthony Strong has a new record called Me & My Radio due out in April with a single due this week.
Look out for a launch at Zédel in London in late-April.
Tracks are drawn from classic Great American Songbook and more recent soul repertoire (the observant among you will note the title is plucked from the lyrics of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ which opens the album. Other tracks include ‘Smile’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘My Cherie Amour’ and ‘You To Me Are Everything.’
There is something quite cathartic about Nadir by Colin Webster and Mark Holub, a sax-drums combination that likes to push and push. Holub you’ll know from Led Bib, Webster from his frequent sightings on the UK free scene. Full of energy and a very unsmooth approach to improvising, there aren’t many tunes, much structure or neat harmonies but there is plenty of pulsing experimentation and almost a punk attitude to music making. Like taking a cold shower... no it is not background music. Worth a spin.