Director Stanley Nelson has issued a statement on his film Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. It will go into cinemas in the US in the autumn.

“The story of Miles Davis has often been told as the story of a drug-addled genius. You rarely see a portrait of a man that worked hard at honing his craft, a man who deeply studied and understood classical music. An elegant man who could render ballads with such tenderness, yet hold rage in his heart from the racism he faced throughout his life.

“He could be extremely generous, yet rescind that generosity on a whim. He could be shamelessly romantic with the women in his life, then unspeakably cruel. Miles was a man apart — in life, in love, in music — and there has never been a major documentary about this man who never looked back, rarely apologised, and changed everything we thought we knew about jazz, about music — several times in his career.”

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From Sonero, which is a studio recording made over two days in March this year in Waterford, Connecticut, to be released on the Miel Music imprint in late-August the personnel is the classic Miguel Zenón quartet around for years and excellent live as a memorable Malta Jazz Festival appearance once attested. So, Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone is with Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, double bass; and Henry Cole, drums. An innovator: Zenón is one of the greatest jazz alto saxophone players [see list] and a composer of note. Here the theme is Ismael (“Maelo”) Rivera (1931-1987) who Zenón describes as “... like Bird, Mozart, Einstein, Ali – he was that guy”. All arrangements are by the saxist who also acted as the producer.

Playing Monaghan town, in the Westenra, on 8 September: An incredible bluesman, widely acclaimed, Kenny Neal is out of Louisiana. ListenTickets


The full Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award longlist is as follows: 

  1. Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body

  2. Aidan O’Rourke – 365: Vol. 1

  3. Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian

  4. Auntie Flo – Radio Highlife

  5. Brìghde Chaimbeul – The Reeling

  6. C Duncan – Health

  7. Carla J. Easton – Impossible Stuff

  8. CHVRCHES – Love Is Dead

  9. Edwyn Collins – Badbea

  10. Fatherson – Sum Of All Your Parts

  11. Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas

  12. Free Love – Luxury Hits

  13. Graham Costello’s Strata – Obelisk

  14. Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson– Laws of Motion

  15. Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is

  16. Kinnaris Quintet – Free One

  17. Mastersystem – Dance Music

  18. Niteworks – Air Fàir an Là

  19. Sean Shibe – softLOUD

  20. The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time

The Fergus McCreadie Trio recently won a Scottish Jazz Award and were Parliamentary Jazz-nominated last year.  Their debut, all bright voicings, melodic, folky, containing a lilt to Turas that is never trite or too homely — the work of the McCreadie trio legislates all by itself. The title is a Gaelic word for “journey”. McCreadie, who writes the tunes, is with David Bowden on double bass and Stephen Henderson on drums in solid support and was cleanly recorded by Liane Carroll’s favourite producer/studio engineer James McMillan working from his own studio. 

The style and sense of flow of the tracks are very mature, and regards McCreadie it does not take a genius or very long at all to realise that the pianist has a huge technique: think Brian Kellock-meets-Gwilym Simcock. Less trad (eg in an Art Tatum sense) than Kellock and not at all jazz-rock (eg Metheny-like) going on prog (eg King Crimson) as is Simcock’s wont but landing in the common ground they share. 

When McCreadie moves full tilt into an improvisation it is completely Jarrett fluent circa My Song in terms of feel and composure, swings like the clappers and has a real passion to it sometimes aided by say on ‘The Set’ the metrical rigour and discipline of a reel. A fugue state of creativity reigns. 

The public vote is spread over three full days and opens on 12 August. The shortlist will be announced on 15 August. The award show itself will be held at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 6 September. SG.  

Jools Holland

The boogie-woogie pianist and widely touring bandleader who first gained fame with Squeeze, TV programmes The Tube on Channel 4 and Later... on the BBC, appears with his Orchestra to take to the stage of the Knocknarea Arena in Sligo town on Saturday 19 October. The date is the last of a short Irish tour that before heading to the north-west of Ireland is to visit the Spiegeltent, Wexford (16 Oct); Opera House, Cork city (17 Oct); and INEC, Killarney (18 Oct). 

From the heartlands of Greenwich and Deptford in south London: one of Jools Holland’s heroes spanning the Atlantic is Meade “Lux” Lewis.

2019 is a very auspicious anniversary: one of those years. Because later in October, scrolling back and falling 60 years ago Ronnie Scott’s opened in London. Second reason: Twenty years earlier Albert Ammons and Meade “Lux” Lewis 80 years ago were booked into a studio by Alfred Lion for his new at that time unnamed label Blue Note on 6 January 1939 at the radio station WMGM in New York city. Lewis four years prior to that had been found by producer John Hammond working at a car wash and soon placed Lewis and his earlier song ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ at the heart of a craze for boogie-woogie. Lion provided whiskey and tunes included ‘Boogie Woogie Stomp’ and Ammons and Lewis played 19 takes in all. In March that year Blue Note 1 came out featuring two of those takes: Lewis playing ‘Melancholy Blues’ and ‘Solitude’. Blue Note 2 issued at the same time had Ammons playing ‘Boogie Woogie Stomp’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Blues’. The rest, as people say, is jazz history. Stephen Graham 

See the sligolive website for the full line-up of artists across a number of genres. Festival dates are 18-28 October.