ALBUM of the WEEK Joshua Redman, Come What May, Nonesuch
It has been quite a while since this Joshua Redman Quartet configuration has issued an album, some 20 years or so in fact since Redman last teamed up with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson in the easy mainstream space that Redman has virtually made his own over the years.
Full of bittersweet elegiac melody this lands if you like right in the middle stylistically of where jazz is these days, neither smooth nor full of extravagant avant garde gesture. Redman brings with him nonetheless an encyclopedia of saxophone prowess and in some ways nothing really has changed since we were introduced to him back in the 1990s.
Full of original tunes there is plenty here for newcomers to jazz and old hands alike. For sure one thing that Redman never forgets is how to shape a melody and draw on his emotional side and with this band manages to underline his key approach so convincingly once again.
Photo: Arne Reimer
Kandace Springs to return to Ronnie Scott’s for a 3-night residency
Singer, pianist, songwriter Kandace Springs is to return to Ronnie Scott’s club in London for a three-night residency in May.
This will be her second appearance in the club following a debut in August 2017 when she appeared with Sam Vicary on bass and Luke Flowers on drums.
Paul Pace, music bookings co-ordinator at Ronnie’s told marlbank that what appealed most about booking Kandace was: “Her music, musicianship, warm stage persona and the way that she was able to engage the audience. We had seen her live at the Jazz FM awards in 2016 and her public profile was such that we felt confident in selling the shows at Ronnie’s a year later.”
Paul says the line-up of the Springs band for the May appearances is still to be confirmed. Dates are 2-4 May. Club website. Further reading: interview.