Takase

What a lot the veteran Japanese pianist Aki Takase has packed in here: turntable culture somehow; rolling, boisterous sax-led themes; the anarchy of free form jazz; and the wild abandon of the player leader herself who if you can imagine Yoko Ono as a jazzer you would be only half-way there.

The group, her Japanic, bristles with some fine players chiefly Daniel Erdmann on sax in one of his best sideman appearances I’ve heard and her tunes have an epic, spirited, grandeur to them able interpreted by the ingenious ensemble. Tremendous.

Loredana is a new project by the vocalist Emilia Mårtensson featuring guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson.

The album, to be released on the Babel label, “explores the adversity and the wilderness of the term mother, celebrating the infinite observations about the ‘mother – child relationship’, and how this can shape us throughout our lives. Initially inspired through four specific questions that Emilia asked her audience about their relationship to their mothers, her boundary pushing and original music crosses borders between Scandinavian folk, jazz and art.pop.”

Emilia launches a single from the album at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London on 29 May.

From trumpeter Tom Syson’s upcoming album Different Coloured Days (Syson with Tom Barford saxophone, David Ferris piano, Pete Hutchison double bass and Jonathan Silk drums). Syson will be touring from 12 May with the album launched at the Vortex in London on the 15th. 

Cracking lead-off track here from Ariwo on their new album Quasi (Manana Records). The band bring together Iranian electronic composer Pouya Ehsaei, percussionist Hammadi ValdesOreste Noda; jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps and special guest saxophonist Camilla George.

Dates coming up:

22 May BRIGHTON, Brighton Festival
24 May NORWICH, Norwich & Norfolk Festival
25 May LONDON, Giant Steps
30 May, COVENTRY, The Tin
31 May, NEWCASTLE, Cobalt Studios
2 June, BRISTOL, Fleece