He is one of the most convincing and committed disciples of John Coltrane ever to come out of the UK. But these days hearing Alan Skidmore (a veteran of 77) is not that common a treat. Well, when better this summer on 17 July, dove tailing with the day that Coltrane died on in 1967, to hear Skid in a special 52nd memorial concert. Appearing with a quartet at Dalston club Cafe Oto plus special guest Ed Jones, Skidmore is no stranger to Oto having performed there a few years ago with Paul Dunmall. Tickets can be obtained here.
Terkel Nørgaard, With Ralph Alessi, We Jazz Records **** RECOMMENDED
I have long been a fan of trumpeter Ralph Alessi but to be frank do not know any of the other players here who are Danish drummer and composer Terkel Nørgaard with Alessi, pianist Søren Gemmer and bassist Jesper Thorn. Their relative obscurity notwithstanding together they paint an engrossing picture, quite heavy and intense in places: Alessi’s mood, often dark and verging on the tragic but equally capable of a skipping dancing quality, with open drumming and a feeling of abstraction arranged around him. A fine achievement and excellent introduction to some talented Danes. Alessi plays his socks off. SG
In their sixtieth year Ronnie’s has pulled off another plum booking with the rare visit by one of the greatest saxophonists, with a two-night visit by the hippie jazz legend Charles Lloyd on 1-2 August now confirmed. I cannot think of the last time the Forest Flower icon played any UK club because usually he confines his visits to big concert halls. Interesting band, a quintet that includes guitar hotshot Julian Lage, he is bringing with him too. Here’s the link for more details and tickets.