Pretty novel idea, as part of the Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary festivities spooling out this year, in that the club is to host a street party outside the club’s premises on Frith Street on Saturday 20 July. The confirmed line-up includes Pee Wee Ellis and his Funk Assembly, Nubya Garcia and a 7-piece latin-jazz band. Full details: here.
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Beefy brass and funked up Wu-Tang Clan from Steely Dan trumpeter Michael Leonhart.
Laid back samba from Duduka Da Fonseca and starry guests.
Airy electronica fashioned as if it were counterpoint by the very fine Aki Rissanen piano trio.
Boisterous and free spirited the clunky title is a homage to Ornette Coleman album To Whom Who Keeps A Record.
Pretty pared down throughout, drummer Gard Nilssen with bassist Petter Eldh and saxophonist André Roligheten have been playing together for years. The spirit of Albert Ayler is firmly to the fore as well but to be honest this is nothing as hardcore as the full Ayler experience.
Actually it is pretty accessible in a heritage free-jazz spirit and the three have real rapport ripping along merrily to chunky scraps of melody chased down by a throaty dose of the blues in a syncopated dash through a bunch of tunes unencumbered by keyboards or a guitar.
Prepare for a big change in the super talented bass guitarist here. Maybe it is John Patitucci producing, maybe it is a new much more mature sound but for whatever reason there is a lot less bombast, a lot more expressiveness and some great tunes all factored in.
Gwizdala has gathered a fine band around him on The Union [****] (issued on his own label Gwizmon Productions) with Clarence Penn on drums, Philip Dizack on trumpet, and Ruslan Sirota (who appeared with Gwizdala on the excellent Bob Reynolds album Quartet) on piano. On ‘The End of the Story’ there is a pared back almost-Steve Rodby Metheny-esque feel to the tender ballad and this track is at the heart of the album which relies for a lot of its best effects on a thoughtful, more meditative and less-is-more mentality. In a sea of music this is the kind of message in a bottle we all need that defies the odds to reach out and communicate. SG
Mark 29 and 30 July in your diaries... they make for a couple of chances to catch one of the most swinging soulfully bluesy jazz saxophone masters in the ideal circumstances of a small jazz club situation.
Now in his eighties Houston Person has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, and many more.
His latest record is I’m Just a Lucky So and So, from which his version of ‘Willow Weep For Me’ can be heard above, is released on High Note at the end of July. Hear him with his organ trio at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London. Remember: you only really learn deep down as a player or as a listener by hearing and experiencing the masters live. Tickets.