Very little publicity, actually scratch that, none at all for this nevertheless exquisite sounding duo album out today from Welsh pianist Huw Warren and his former Perfect Houseplants colleague saxophonist Mark Lockheart.
New Day — Live at Livio Felluga Winery is released on the Italian CAM Jazz label and was recorded last year.
“Playing original material, mostly by Warren, but also a couple of compositions by the English master John Taylor, their improvisations bespeak deep understanding of each others’ musical personality. Nothing forced or overstated, but precisely the kind of creative conversation you might expect from two friends who’ve just opened a fine bottle of wine. This is music to savour in repose and thoughtfully. It is also music that will continue to develop with age,” says Brian Morton in the notes. Cover above. You will find listening samples here.
New in June the above opening track is from the fine, powerfully expressive, Cuban themed release by pianist Fabian Almazan This Land Abounds With Life, with Linda May Han Oh (acoustic/electric bass) and Henry Cole (drums), + a string quartet on one track, Almazan says: “I didn’t want to make an overtly political album but there are things that are wrong both in the U.S. and in Cuba. By no means do I have the answers. But everyone’s caught up with their power struggle. I’m being allusive because my main focus is the environment and nature, and being able to look beyond today, beyond politics and ideologies to the basic foundation of life, which if we continue to overlook, the consequences are going to be catastrophic.” Listen to ‘Benjamin’ from the album to be released on the Biophilia label above.
Django Bates has won the jazz category at the Ivor Novello Awards. “I’m very pleased to announce,” he said via Twitter today, “that I have just received The Ivors Jazz Award. I love being part of the huge British jazz vista which stretches from Acker Bilk to Dudu Pukwana’s Zila, via Bex Burch’s Vula Viel. This is a serious moment for me and I'm genuinely touched.” The full list of winners is:
Best Song Musically And Lyrically – Ben Howard's Nica Libres At Dusk
Best Contemporary Song – The 1975's Love It If We Made
Album Award – Idles' Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Best Original Film Score – Jonny Greenwood's Phantom Thread
Best Television Soundtrack – Bat For Lashes and Dominik Scherrer's Requiem
Songwriter of the Year – The 1975
PRS For Music Most Performed Work – Rudimental's These Days (ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
Best Original Video Game Score – Robin Beanland's Sea Of Thieves
The Ivors Jazz Award – Django Bates
Inspiration Award – Wiley
Outstanding Song Collection – Dido
PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Richard Ashcroft
PRS For Music Special International Award – Mariah Carey
International Achievement – Deep Purple
Gods of Apollo is the debut album of saxophonist Rob Cope, now set for release in July by the Ubuntu label. The album uses archival NASA audio and travels from the first man made satellites. Check out Cope introducing his project, above.
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.