Jeff Beck... playing Vienne this summer. Above roaring after a Mahavishnu opening into a Billy Cobham classic completely in the zone at no. 47 with the Vinman, Jason Rebello, and Aussie bass guitarist Tal Wilkenfeld.
China Moses album Nightintales to be released in late-March
Last we heard from singer China Moses the classic jazz singer in the Dinah Washington mould was sparkling amid the wit and mischief of ‘Bad Girls (Need Love Too)’ with the Copasetics.
Since then there has been an EP called ‘Whatever’ heralding the new album Nightintales which is to be released in late-March on the revived classic German label MPS. Put it on the Line from the sessions here heard ever so briefly is a song from the album written by China and producer Anthony Marshall. Pianist with her is Luke Smith, bassist Neville Malcolm (often known as Level Neville) and on drums, Jerome Brown.
Born in Los Angeles and brought up in Paris, the singer, daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater, emerged in the mid-1990s and her albums China, On Tourne en Rond and Good Lovin’ established her name as a classic singer in touch with the next generation of jazz listeners. Her later album This One’s For Dinah was a tribute to Dinah Washington while Crazy Blues picked up good reviews as news of her live shows and reputation as the real deal spread. Championed in the UK by pianist Alex Webb who has performed with her in his originally conceived jazz theatre shows, as an actress she has played Sally Bowles in a French production of Cabaret.
Rocking Ballyshannon in county Donegal, Ireland, at Roryfest over 31 May-3 June are Wilko Johnson, Walter Trout and his Band, Wishbone Ash, Seamie O'Dowd, Pat McManus and Johnny Gallagher among the seriously tasty headliners: see the full programme.