Slow Moving Clouds publicity photo

Slow Moving Clouds settle into today’s track of the day spot with the rakish ‘Trin’. The Dublin experimental folk 3, Aki, Danny Diamond and Kevin Murphy, fold a lot into Starfall from which it is taken — Irish and Nordic folk just two of the powerful ingredients. Os came first when the Irish/Finnish band emerged around three years ago greeted by favourable folk scene word of mouth. Ahead of release tour dates include the Quiet Lights festival in Cork on 8 September. 

A lot of new blogs have sprouted up over the last year. The usual suspects are still kicking around. Some linger still in the spacious, largely ungentrified for now Gobi desert neighbourhoods of cyberspace, shout out to Big up. The picture isn’t all good. Too many people are using boilerplate blog platforms so look the same. There is a pervasive hobbyist feel, like the choo-choo train magazine when it really gets up a head of steam. Several are obviously written by enthusiasts who seemed to have just about picked up English from an old tape found in the back of their lovingly restored Saab after all these years. And fancy that! Gush, my handsome, in plentiful supply happily but blogs that see musicians as their special friends are a tad troubling. Aw, never mind the bloggers binge listen instead to some proper Tosh, above.

Taken from Yo Soy la Tradición (Miel Music) to be released in September listen to the compositional flair of ‘Milagrosa’ by saxophonist Miguel Zenón joined by the Spektral Quartet. Chamber jazz, and Puerto Rican folk and religious traditions feed into the sound. Zenón is one of the world’s greatest saxophonists joined by the acclaimed Spektral Quartet [Clara Lyon, violin; Maeve Feinberg, violin; Doyle Armbrust, viola; and Russell Rolen, cello] who are based in Chicago. I’d stick my neck out and say that this is a hot prospect for a Grammy. Certainly it is fresh and has a life force to it rare in chamber jazz hybrids.

Combo 66

More on what we know so far about the new John Scofield band album.

Quick recap as previously reported the album is called Combo 66 – and features Sco with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart. “Gerald has a beautiful touch and though he is quite modern, his touch reminds me of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan,” says John Scofield doing promo for the album.

One track was inspired by not one but three musical giants: Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon and Miles Davis:

Years ago, I did a record and a tour with Herbie Hancock, for his album, The New Standard. He had this arrangement of ‘Scarborough Fair’ and I really liked the chords. I used those chords and then wrote a melody which was reminiscent of a lick that Miles used to play. So, between Herbie and Miles and Paul Simon’s ‘Scarborough Fair’, I called this ‘Icons at the Fair’.”

Combo 66 cover

Sco is 66 hence the name of the band which gigged in New York city back in April for club dates. Track list in full: Can’t Dance, Combo Theme, Icons at The Fair, Willa Jean, Uncle Southern, Dang Swing, New Walzo, I’m Sleeping In, King of Belgium, and bonus track for Japan, Ringing Out. ‘King of Belgium’ is dedicated to Toots Thielemans who died just two years ago.  

Combo 66 top left to right (photo: Nicholas Suttle) Gerald Clayton, Bill Stewart, John Scofield, and Vicente Archer. The album cover is above. A September release through Universal.