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

Issuing label Intakt have had a great run of releases oh for ages and this sparkling piano-violin duo recording is the latest in line, Time Gone Out is released next week. Crossing all sorts of boundaries between improvised music and what could to some sound just as easily “contemporary classical” ‘Éclats for Ornette’ one of the two tracks available pre-release fizzes with energy and daring while ‘Homesick for Another World’ harnesses a raw elegiac sense to its great advantage.

This has the feel and touch of a Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays collaboration back in the day, a world away from the crash bang wallop of heavy groove and instead more a journey into dreamy soundscapes, delicate harmonies, and pastoral imaginings.

There is clear empathy from Foran and McCallum, each finishing the other’s sentences where necessary.

Recorded some five years ago this has been maturing in the vaults for a while and is released next month.

Boosted at strategic points by the drums of John Parker and bass of Sam Vicary above all this is an intimate journey, full of harmonic pleasures, the musicianship has a real quality to it and what is more the compositional flow goes somewhere and the melodies linger long. SG