The Ubuntu label have announced the fact that they will release a second album by trumpeter Mark Kavuma and his band the Banger Factory, a collective from Brixton, south London which along with Kavuma features Mussinghi Brian Edwards and Kaidi Akinnibi (saxes), Artie Zaitz (guitar), David Mrakpor (vibes), Reuben James (piano/organ), Deschanel Gordon (piano), Michael Schrimpling (double bass) and William Cleasby (drums). Kavuma is quoted by the label: “As Keith Richards once said, ‘Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death’.” More here.
Partisans’ first live album: there is undeniably a real snap of excitement about this, recorded in intimate circumstances in the Vortex, clean lines, lots of meaty soloing, and Gene Calderazzo sounding as up for it as you will ever hear him. Journeying through nods to Charlie Parker, Steely Dan and David Bowie the tunes ring out, Julian Siegel sounding like a British Michael Brecker and Phil Robson steady and astute as his front line partner, this is one of the best albums of the year to date: no doubt about it.
A gorgeously arranged latinate opening track from Triple Helix new from the Anat Cohen tentet next month, a co-commission for the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series to celebrate its 25th anniversary and Carnegie Hall where it was premiered earlier this year amounting to a three-movement concerto. Musical director Oded Lev-Ari says: “Anat and I have always shared a musical connection that has been effortless and unspoken. As we have each developed as musicians and become proficient in various styles, genres and disciplines, that fundamental musical understanding has remained unchanged.”