The last MJQ album reviewed in these pages was in January when the Modern Jazz Quartet were caught in 1957 in a German radio recording studio. But to my mind these two discs of The Concert in Japan out on CD here for the first time in a UK release capturing as they do a 14 March 1966 concert at the Kōsei-Nenkin Kaikan concert hall in Tokyo (the same venue where John Coltrane would record half of Live in Japan in July later that year) represent the most exciting MJQ reissue since Under the Jasmin Tree was reissued in 2010. While the latter had curiosity value to an extent and that Apple mystique this provides excellent live sound, some great audience reaction (the Tokyo hall crowd sound really engaged) and all the essential features we all look to in jazz to a greater or lesser extent: the blues, swing, group interplay, musicianship, improvisational sense, intuition and original compositions plus standards convincingly projected.
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- Published: Thu 17th Apr 2014 07:39:14
The latest running of improvised music night Lume tomorrow at the east London café gallery Long White Cloud is a double bill of Nick Malcolm’s improvising trio Our Own Decay featuring the trumpeter plus vibist Corey Mwamba & drummer Simon Roth, plus the duo of bassist Olie Brice and singer Fumi Okiji. Next week it’s the turn of the duo Ti/om and Molino De Otoño, with May nights to include appearances by guitarist Ant Law’s quintet, trumpeter Andre Canniere, and the Lauren Kinsella quintet.
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- Published: Wed 16th Apr 2014 07:39:50