Look for The Silver Messengers from which ‘Soul Searching’ is drawn by Carmen Souza on Galileo in October.

Supermario artworkA very invigorating one this, the Babel label currently on a Loredana roll after a long hiatus following the departure to pastures new of label lieutenant, the affable Ozymandias reciting Paul Lewis.

Paulo Dias Duarte is a Portuguese composer and guitarist on the London scene for over a decade and a half. The orchestra has included an extraordinary array of top talent coming up. A bit of detective work has gone into this review so forgive the deerstalker quality. However, hey look there is the cover above and a word from Paulo.

So how does it begin? Deduce lots of twiddly guitar texture on the Intro and thereafter a veritable “seven part suite” the tracks no kidding Sherlock are numbered one to seven. More to the point each piece relates unlike a lot of albums where tracks live in their own Siberia and never melt even when there is a Gobi desert next door.

The word suite by the way is not mentioned. That is a blessing. For a brief minute the flavour is Beefheart-esque and then we are into electric guitar and a chunky Mingus-like vamp.

Muscular drums, anarchic horns, parping offbeats are all in the capacious larder. There is lots of gritty section work (eg on Part IV) and earlier Part II (coming up from the bass more Mingusiana mixed with that Chris Batchelor-esque flavour harking back to Loose Tubes initial listens conjured up). Flashingly cosmic keyboard part on this track, the arranging overall is extremely good. How you can sound free and yet write that freedom for a decent sized bunch of musicians and let them be themselves is achieved rewards plenty of head scratching.

A major new outfit, we have not had a big band such as this gathering since say the F-IRE Collective in their prime. Part III is like the ballad: certainly at the beginning, Duarte does not do plangent but here it is as close as makes no difference: An afternoon feel like a sort of anarchist holiday, bit of improving reading before the return to the protest and spot of rioting later in the improvisation.

Streaming on Spotify

Not jazz. Just a regular spot way out there to finish the day whenever possible. Outlaw country for a change 21st century style. Amazing stuff here from the Highwomen. Until next time.

From VII to be released on Ropeadope later this month by Chicago titan Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights. Groovy, elastic, effortlessly seeming, full of detail, neat Harper Lee literary pun perhaps, in the title of the track and crucially not too smooth... Lewis of course world renowned for The In Crowd recorded in the Bohemian Caverns 54 years ago. Very tasteful press roll themed drum solo from Charles Heath beginning at the 4 minute mark worth clocking and Heath is the hearth of the matter burning from the beginning. Essential. Lewis’ main theme, that thing he does at 1min and 21secs is a marvel – the surprise and gleam of instant sunshine and then a full on blissed out pitch bent like a rubber band synth solo from Tim (Daddy O) Gant to wig out to. 

Worth £5,000 to the winner and a further £5,000 split between 3 more successful participants details about the long running Peter Whittingham award this year are now available. According to the official word from Help Musicians the “Jazz musicians, either solo or in groups of up to eight, who are at a tipping point in their career, are invited to apply via the website here by Monday October 14.” 
Auditions will be held in November. 

 

WorldService Project bass guitarist Arthur O’Hara with tenorist Chelsea Carmichael and WSP drummer Harry Pope are appearing at the Lancaster jazz festival this month. Dates are 11-15 September. Camilla George, Led Bib, Vula Viel also are worth turning up to if in the area and about a bit. Do you have to let it linger? That is a yes by the way if at all feasible.

Dates are Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork 14 September and Purcell Room, 27 September, London. From The Gloaming Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett’s self-titled album is released on the eve of the Cork gig. 

Fuse number 11 cover

Must be the clouds in my eyes: Blowing in from Stockholm and after compilation So Far dropped earlier in the year not a lot to go on about what is next from the Daniel Karlsson trio but first of all the label behind the 11 October release of Fuse Number Eleven will once again be Brus & Knaster. They have already put out the splendidly titled game changer of a live affair At The Feel Free Falafel which already has reached cult status among the less insane scene watchers in the coterie of global piano jazz trio worshippers out there – and understandably so

As for the Coventry gig mentioned above it will be at Earlsdon Street spot the Albany Club on 7 November. Details. Their brief English and Scottish three-date tour will also take in Oswestry and Glasgow (appearing at the Blue Arrow).

Coventry of course is a brilliant if tough town for music and yet suffers so much through history. Marlbank misses the Coventry jazz festival which used to take place in venues such as the Belgrade theatre there and where once we managed to hear Randy Brecker (and have not repeated that feat unfortunately given Randy’s lack of heavy touring here since). The Specials came from the midlands city and immortalised what locals lovingly refer to as Cov during Thatcher’s ruinous years when she took a wrecking ball to industrial Britain and in ‘Ghost Town’ inspired the downtrodden and dispossessed everywhere. 

Daniel Karlsson trio

The lead track of the new Daniel Karlsson trio album is ‘Fuse Number Eleven’. Recall the trio from last year, cast your mind back regular readers. Briefly marlbank dropped in to Soho spot the basement situated Spice kindly admitted by the venue’s in house conjurer Jackie Docherty and club guiding light occasional singer Paul Pace. Pianist Daniel Karlsson was with bassist Christian Spering and his faithful long time comrade drummer Fredrik Rundqvist. Monster ostinatos whether eating from the pianist’s left hand or out of the blue from the bass tumbled from the sky. Look for the trio this autumn. You will not regret it. 

Legendary jazz singer Elaine Delmar, daughter of Leslie “Jiver” Hutchinson, is a headliner at the Lowestoft jazz festival in Suffolk this month. She appears as featured artist in the quartet of pianist Barry Green, an aggregation that also numbers a second great – the Glaswegian Jim Mullen. Soft Machine are also in the weekend line-up. 12-15 September. Full details.

The Ambiguity Manifesto by the Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette is to be released by his label Firehouse 12 Records on 20 September. Analysis in brief, electroacoustic textures: Starting point as a reset away from anything that you might be playing listen to a little of Evan Parker’s Toward the Margins say via Shazam samples switch off and then listen to the example track. You can feel a kindred aesthetic. However Bynum has possibly more affinity to the later more recent avant side of Alex Bonney. Click for a little there in that regard. He I would guess has been influenced by Ho Bynum. Finally this is tonal adventure, a gradation of texture, metre erased in the shavings and shaping of an acoustic canopy.

 

The great percussionist Marilyn Mazur is the big highlight of Sounds of Denmark this autumn headlining on the Saturday night appearing as a featured artist in the trio of pianist Makiko Hirabayashi.

Mazur became hugely loved for her work with Miles Davis in one of the East St Louis great’s best late period bands and who would later excel in the classic Garbarek quartet along with the iconic Norwegian-Polish leader Euro great Jan G., Rainer Brüninghaus and Eberhard Weber in the 1990s in addition to leading her own groups.

Taking place from 16-19 October also scheduled for Sounds of Denmark among the line-up are Morten Schantz Godspeed and Hess is More. Tickets and full line-up.

Not jazz at all — what a voice and what Dermot Kennedy does with it more to the heart of the matter on ‘Outnumbered’. Ultimate friendship song this year, a comfort, protection, and battle against male inarticulacy part of the magic. All about communication, person to person, huh, isn’t that what a great song however unembellished and written plainly and with not an awful lot of key changes is all about? Out of nowhere seemingly and now pretty much living in any public place quite naturally, Starrrt and parrrt as you listen after a fairly ordinary beginning have been incredibly captured and almost signpost the transformation and move the thing to a new level entirely. Any Maverick Sabre fans out there? You probably will get this if you are at least a bit. The power in the 27-year-old man from Rathcoole, south county Dublin, is staggering. And yet songwriters will be in awe of this given its vulnerability somehow unlocked by I’ll be out there somewhere and then the outro. Forget about the remixes. Without Fear the album is to be released in late-September. You will be hearing ‘Outnumbered’ and that voice long before you know anything at all about it. The song will be taking plenty of hostages in its wake. Other songs rendered by Kennedy, from the approaching thunder of ‘Power Over Me’ the moving ‘For Island Fires and Family’ (instant classic there, pretty deep overall) and ‘Lost’ inspire in equal measure. Sometimes songs just ring in the air and these all do whatever your taste. SG

Hidden Seas will be released in late-September, the Leeds date among other touring is on 24 October. Last on our radar when trombone player Rosie Turton emerged with an EP Maria Chiara Argirò is a pianist and shoots to the top of the marlbank list of brand new pretty unknown pianists really impressing as a composer particularly this year thinking back to the earlier tracks and relistening prompted by this new work. The singer in her group is Leïla Martial and again makes her presence felt (the style lands in an experimental Gretchen Parlato vein but less sunny side up). The band sound very in the moment on this albeit slim evidence so far. Look out for the rest of the album: marlbank will be joining you if you do round about then. Leeds gig details

Naked Allies

“Last summer,” writes drummer composer bandleader Matthew Jacobson, “Irish-Australian saxophonist Daniel Rorke organised a recording session with myself, Oscar Noriega and Simon Jermyn at Figure 8 Recording in New York, playing tunes of Daniel’s and mine.

“It came out real nice and it is getting released on LA-based Orenda Records on 20 September.”


Orenda add: “Daniel Rorke has lived and worked in Ireland, Iceland, Australia, Norway, and toured throughout the world.

His performance career has included work with many well known Nordic musicians such as Hilmar Jensson, Per Oddvar Johansen, Rune Nergaard, Veli Kujala, Samúel Jon Samúelsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson, Australian piano giant Alister Spence and many others.” 

Matthew Jacobson, top left-to-right, Daniel Rorke, Simon Jermyn, Oscar Noriega. Listen to the title track above via Bandcamp. 

Worth getting to know for sure.

John Surman, Vigleik Storaas, Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Arild Andersen are to appear and documentaries Travels with Manfred Eicher and Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie screened at the Triskel Guinness Cork jazz festival weekend. It runs from 25-27 October. Website.

Taking place in Helsinki from 28-30 October the Go Northward line-up includes Darrifourcq-Pohjola-Tikkanen, Insufficient Funs & Mikko Innanen, Joanna Duda Trio and Elodie Pasquier. Website

Big Bad Wolf’s Mike de Souza, having assembled a trio and following on from their EP Road Fork tour extensively during October and November, is to issue Slow Burn.

The guitarist — with Huw V. Williams on double bass and Jay Davis playing drums in the trio — has a stellar academic record picking up degrees from Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He notes referring to the title track explaining that: “The piece builds slowly over the course of 9 minutes. I was listening to a lot of Radiohead’s music around the time of writing this piece, and I was hearing the sound of Thom Yorke’s voice in my head as I composed the main melody which steered the direction of the track. Sufjan Stevens album Carrie & Lowell also inspired me with its uses of multiple layers of lush guitars playing different arpeggios which led me to write the initial figure played on acoustic guitar at the start of the track.” 

The tour will take in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Nottingham and Leeds among other staging posts. Full dates can be gleaned via the shows page of the de Souza website. Listen to the earlier Road Fork EP above. Slow Burn will be available as a CD and download.

The main theme of the European Jazz Conference to be held in the northwestern Italian city of Novara next month is “Feed Your Soul”. Discussion groups will look at the value and actual effectiveness of showcases; potentials of the use of virtual reality in music; funding possibilities for international projects beyond Creative Europe; Brexit plus other possible challenges for mobility of artists; Article 13/17 and the new European copyright regulations; new publications and studies linked to jazz research. Programme