This is really quite something. A stellar trio the sound bubbling up from the drums: Ali Jackson you will know from his work at the kit with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; star pianist Aaron Goldberg who thrives in a trio situation, and bassist Omer Avital whose work as a leader is worth checking out.
The highly accurately monikered Yes! Trio are on the French indie jazz label Jazz& People roster, look for Groove du jour on 11 October. Seriously swinging but not at all indulgent or tired the trio keep it interesting and you feel the narration in the way they handle each tune. The album has deftly conceived compositions by all three elegant players who each contribute pieces plus look for a version of Jackie McLean’s ‘Dr Jackle’ and a treatment of the Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal standard ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’. While it is not out yet I had a few listens earlier today and believe me it goes immediately to the top of my listening list. Groove de la semaine more like. Check the trailer, above.
Waiting Game is new from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science this autumn. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner and hip-hop artist Rapsody are among the personnel while Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal samples + an improvised instrumental suite also figure. Look for the album in November.
At the Limerick Jazz Festival in the autumn the Sarah Gillespie quintet, Ant Law quartet, Beats & Pieces, the Darius Brubeck quartet — appearing ahead of Live in Poland — and the pulsating Septeto Internacional are all in the line-up. Festival director drummer John Daly sets the scene
Limerick Jazz Festival is now in its 8th year and continues to celebrate live jazz in some of the city’s most atmospheric and vibrant venues. It is about bringing something new and different that doesn’t sound like rock, traditional or classical music. Limerick has a very long and varied history when it comes to music and this jazz festival is a very welcome addition adding a new dimension to the sounds of top class music by top class artists.
Every year is a challenge and this year is no different when it comes to booking the acts for our upcoming festival. The thinking is always what the audience will enjoy, and this year we deliberately chose to have two acts fronted by really great female artists in the guise of Sarah Gillespie, pictured, from the UK and Gemma Sugrue, video top, from Cork. This we are really excited about and we feel this will attract newer audiences, which is always our goal.
Limerick audiences warm to acts that can create a vibe in a short space of time by knowing how to communicate with their listeners. We have been fortunate in our choices over the years in whom we have brought to Limerick. Acts like Atchere from the Canary Islands for example; and this year’s Septeto Internacional with their great Afro-Caribbean rhythms are always guaranteed to get hands clapping and feet tapping. Another great favourite were the funky sounds of bands such as the James Taylor Quartet — and this year we have Beats & Pieces.
Above all Limerick Jazz Festival is about creating something that brings life to the city in the form of music that can reach diverse audiences and also educate in the form of free masterclasses and workshops held over the weekend for those who want to learn what this great music can bring. Listening and watching great artists perform is such an amazing way to appreciate the skill and technique they have honed over many years of playing at such a high level.
• The Limerick Jazz Festival runs from 27-29 September. See the festival website for further details.
Listen just appearing online... to Thom Yorke... and Wynton Marsalis.
A Yorke collaboration with director Edward Norton on the soundtrack to Motherless Brooklyn, based on a Jonathan Lethem novel: ‘Daily Battles’ has Yorke singing achingly, beautifully, and playing tack piano, while Flea from Atoms for Peace is on bass and trumpet [top audio].
The score includes a languorous, highly engaging, brush stroked “harmon” muted close mic’ed-led Wynton Marsalis mournful instrumental arrangement for jazz group of Yorke’s composition [above audio].
exclusive Seb Rochford’s new band the trio Pulled by Magnets who play the EFG London Jazz Festival this autumn are issuing a limited edition 7” single titled Invite Them In. On the b side there is an alternate version of the piece played by guest Kit Downes on organ. Invite Them In will be issued by German indie Tak:Til in November. “The 7” is still in production,” says Silvij Skok from the label. A Pulled by Magnets album is to follow in February 2020.
Among upcoming releases look out for a new release from Jean Toussaint. David Lyttle of Lyte records confirms a plan in an email: “I will be releasing Jean Toussaint’s next album later in the year.”
Lyte Records signed saxophonist Jean Toussaint back in 2013 and released his first record as a leader since 2010's Live in Paris and London in February 2014.
Toussaint’s first album for Lyte was Tate Song, the title of the album took its name from Jean’s son, a Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt-influenced folk-blues singer and guitarist.
The St Thomas born London based Toussaint made his name with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s appearing on such records as New York Scene and Blue Night, and as a leader Toussaint’s own albums include The Street Above the Underground, which won the prestigious best album category at the first BBC Jazz Awards.
Toussaint is also a leading jazz educator and the Berklee educated player has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at Trinity Laban in London, and in Ireland on faculty at the Sligo Jazz Project.
Jean Toussaint, above. Facebook pic.
Wednesday 25 September
KASIA PIETRZKO TRIO, XAVI TORRES, FAMILY BAND
Bands from... Poland, Spain and Great Britain...
Thursday 26 September
ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, KATU KAIKU, SKETCHBOOK QUARTET
... Northern Ireland, Finland and Austria...
Friday 27 September
FILIPPO VIGNATO TRIO, TRIO HEINZ HERBERT, IKARAI
... Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands...
Saturday 28 September
JUNO, NO TONGUES, THE BRUMS
... Norway, France and Belgium
• For full details see the Bimhuis website
Lots of new bands flicker on the Sheffield scene activity radar coming up including appearances at the Lescar by Elegies, Rafe’s Dilemma and relative veterans Sloth Racket. Bobtail appear later in the series, as do Forj and towards the end of September Archipelago x J Frisco. Full details via the Jazz at the Lescar website.