Pianist composer Andrew McCormack switches labels to UK jazz indie Ubuntu, the label has announced. His album Graviton: The Calling will be released this summer. McCormack’s group for the project has Noemi Nuti on vocals, Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Josh Blackmore on drums. Check the video above.
Drummer Kendrick Scott’s band Oracle have a new record out next month with the release of Blue Note album A Wall Becomes A Bridge.
Scott beefs up his core band of guitarist Mike Moreno, pianist Taylor Eigsti, reedist John Ellis, and bassist Joe Sanders adding turntablist Jahi Sundance.
Check the absorbing ‘Mocean’ from the album, due on 5 April, above.
This is a must for hard bop fans, Harrell has come up with the goods on two counts: a fine band (Mark Turner on tenor sax, Charles Altura on guitar, Ben Street on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums) who run hard with the trumpeter; and a bunch of compositions that make sense and provide both a heat and plenty of depth kept taut and true by the great rhythm section. Harrell is an inspiration to many trumpeters out there including the UK talent Reuben Fowler and it is easy to see why. Harrell keeps the formula the same on most of his albums so no one is smashing up the rule book but that formula is one that continues to remain true to his vision and there is a clarity on Infinity that you won’t find on too many records out there. Out now on Highnote records.