Quite beautiful... a piano-clarinet duet by pianist Lucian Ban and clarinettist Alex Simu taken from the upcoming Free Fall to be released by Sunnyside records on 15 February that serves as a tribute to reedist Jimmy Giuffre.

There is something quite special in the rapport the pair have on ‘Quiet Storm (for Jimmy Giuffre)’ and especially the atmosphere they convey, a tingling extra element that exists invisibly beyond the simplicity of the appealing melody and its slow, hypnotic, wheeling, motion. 

Pretty left-field this but no matter look out for some extraordinary sounds on The Oracle to be released on the International Anthem label next month. Chicago composer, clarinettist, singer, Angel Bat Dawid provides nearly all the sounds you will hear on this album which to our ears lands in an Abbey Lincoln-meets Sun Ra type space (with the path finding spirit of Tony Scott in there somewhere too!) torn up, pieced back together and reinvented for the 21st century. Pretty lo-fi and no wonder as Dawid recorded tracks on the album using only her mobile phone. Just goes to show that you do not necessarily have to rely on state-of-the-art studios to come up with something fresh and compelling. Ideas and a bag full of originality are the real currency, more like.