I’ve been returning often to this lead-off track from a new Jeremy Udden album Three in Paris to be released by the Sunnyside label next month.
Saxophonist/composer Jeremy Udden is strongly influenced by the great saxophonist Steve Lacy whose tune ‘Who Needs It’ you can listen to above in a stirring sax/drums duo version that transports you back to a vivid freebop landscape that harnesses elements of bebop and free improvisation.
Udden studied under Lacy at the New England Conservatory and can be heard on the album with bassist Nicolas Moreaux and drummer John Betsch.
News of a new classical work by Wynton Marsalis adding to a burgeoning element of the trumpeter’s discography does not, and I am sure I am not alone among jazz fans in this feeling, make me as excited as the advent of a brand new jazz album by Wynton with a small group. Those days are rare now on record with Wynton mainly occupied gigging and recording with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The new work featuring virtuoso violinist Nicola Benedetti is Violin Concerto And Fiddle Dance Suite, which will be released in 12 July. Two works were written especially for the Scot by Wynton with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru featuring.
• As previously noted Wynton Marsalis will return to the Barbican in London next year as he paints a symphonic portrait of New York City with The Jungle, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.