Full of familiar standards: ‘All The Things You Are,’ ‘Blue In Green’ and ‘Dolphin Dance’ chief among them but don’t feel that you have heard it all before because with Kenny Werner there is a certain intricacy and resolution of familiar situations into something more approaching adventure and this is no different. The harmonic journeys he takes the themes on only he knows the map for, and that touch and intimacy he delivers time and time again makes Solo in Stuttgart such a fascination.
Revisiting songs from his albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone with a multi-cultural octet, sprinkling in a few new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, Chick’s wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca, Antidote is a reminder once again how important it is to listen and learn from the masters of the music. Flamenco flavours, the dazzle of Corea’s signature touches, and a mobile band who cruise along as an immaculate support to the timelessness in the Corea sound that Antidote underlines, make this a must for his fans. Chick and the Spanish Heart Band are playing the Love Supreme festival on 6 July.
Some extremely tasteful soprano saxophone soloing here from the ex-Miles Davis player Bill Evans (eg The Man With The Horn, We Want Miles, Star People, and Decoy) here on The Sun Room, to be released by earMusic in late-July, with blues veteran guitarist-singer Robben Ford (also an ex-Miles Davis player who played with Miles and Carlos Santana in a fabled Amnesty benefit concert at Giants stadium) joined by Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock and the fine Herbie Hancock-associated bassist James Genus.
Listen to the reflective, gently inuring, ‘Whisperings’ from new Ahmad Jamal album Ballades to be released by the Jazz Village label in September. Jamal says via Facebook that: “‘Whisperings’ is one of three original compositions I am releasing on Ballades. First recorded by the great O. C. Smith of ‘Little Green Apples’ fame, on one of my previous releases [the Picture Perfect album], here it is again.” Other album tracks are: ‘Marseille’, ‘Because I Love You’, ‘I Should Care’, ‘Poinciana’ (the tune that Jamal is most instantly identified with), ‘Land of Dreams’, ‘What’s New’, ‘So Rare’, ‘Spring is Here/Your Story’, and ‘Emily’.
In their sixtieth year Ronnie’s has pulled off another plum booking with the rare visit by one of the greatest saxophonists, with a two-night visit by the hippie jazz legend Charles Lloyd on 1-2 August now confirmed. I cannot think of the last time the Forest Flower icon played any UK club because usually he confines his visits to big concert halls. Interesting band, a quintet that includes guitar hotshot Julian Lage, he is bringing with him too. Here’s the link for more details and tickets.