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.
The swaying Boswell Sisters-like vintage harmony flavours of vocal trio Duchess, Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou are heard again on their latest album Laughing at Life (Anzic ****). Oded Lev-Ari aka ‘Charlie,’ according to a band acknowledgement, you gotta have a nickname, is again on board as arranger, the voices blending and weaving. Erstwhile Wyntonian the great Wycliffe Gordon is on trombone on Stars Fell on Alabama while clarinet star Anat Cohen (America's most consistently acclaimed living jazz clarinettist ‘stop-the-pigeon’ riffing as you will hear above uptempo after the heebie jeebies line eg 1min4 secs) is on the Spencer Williams/Jack Palmer song Everybody Loves My Baby and is perfect, staggering glissando and all at the height of the improvisation. Shaped around a discrete piano trio enhanced on some tracks by the guitar of Jesse Lewis, with Jeff Lederer's sax augmenting four of the 14 tracks, Here’s to the Losers and Cole Porter novelty Give Him the Oo La La are the pick. SG
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.