A great collision of jazz, reggae and dub here from Zara McFarlane in collaboration with the revered producer Dennis Bovell who does the mix and dubs.  Zoning in on Augustus Pablo’s 1977 album East of the River Nile the McFarlane record is released in early-March. 

Here is the trailer for the long-in-the-making movie Bolden to be released in the spring. The story of mythic New Orleans cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden stars Gary Carr as Bolden with Erik LaRay Harvey (“Luke Cage”) as Bolden’s manager Bartley, Yaya DaCosta as wife Nora Bolden, Ian McShane as the politician Judge Perry, Michael Rooker as Perry’s henchman Pat McMurphy, and Reno Wilson as Louis Armstrong. Music is by Wynton Marsalis and the film was directed by Dan Pritzker.

Contemplative engrossing moods here... there is something very deep about the way Ralph Alessi sculpts his compositions and arranges his playing situations. Everything seems sealed in his own world. His approach sits alongside the way Kenny Wheeler used to create spaces not dissimilar to ‘Oxide,’ just one of a number of outstanding tracks on Imaginary Friends, the US trumpeter’s new album with Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber. Alessi manages to sound utterly alone even in the company of these fine players. There is an exactness to the effect and when the tune unspools to reveal a solo from Milne that microscopic detail is there but gives way then to a plangent anthem shaped by trumpet and sax reprised from before and suddenly the individual becomes a collective endeavour once again.   

And Then Comes the Night

Lush and velvety this bass-led piano trio, leader Eilertsen with pianist Harmen Fraanje and drummer Thomas Strønen, has a rich romanticism, strong themes and a rugged structure to it. Playing tunes either written by Eilertsen or other members of the trio, as a listener you enter their world of interiors shaped by elegant emotional mini-dramas where there is a sense of containment relieved by a certain resolution and cloaked in spaciousness — night music built on reflection delivered with subtlety and intuition throughout. SG