There is so much to like here, the arranging certainly, the bags of optimism for sure, huge talent, and sheer creativity are there in great abundance. However, I think it is fair to say that Elftet does not all quite hang together as an album, a whole crowd of ideas maybe needing a bit more space and some canny pruning back.

Award winning vibist Jonny Mansfield however manages to inject a little heat into the chamber jazz-like settings and certainly in the way the horns respond (having a guest like Chris Potter on one track does no harm either) lifts the album to new heights.

As proof that Mansfield is a name for the future Elftet certainly succeeds. But I bet his next album will have a good deal more clarity and not be so intent on packing everything including the kitchen sink in. Caveat aside for now: sit back and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of a listen. SG. Out now.  
Full personnel: Ella Hohnen-Ford - Vocals & Flute; James Davison - Trumpet & Flugel; Tom Smith - Alto, Tenor Sax & Flute; George Millard - Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet & Flute; Rory Ingham - Trombone; Dominic Ingham - Violin; Laura Armstrong - Cello; Oliver Mason - Guitar;  Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone & Composition; Will Harris - Double Bass & Electric Bass; Boz Martin-Jones - Drums. Guests; Chris Potter - Tenor Sax (track 2); Gareth Lockrane - Flute (track 4); Kit Downes - Hammond Organ (track 9). 

“I feel I have finally carved out something that has taken a step back in the direction of human feeling but is both of the heart and of the machine.” ‘Involution’ is from Beat Infinitum, a new solo path for Neil Cowley, which is to be released in July.

Just adding an example track (updated 21 June) from one of the jazz-vocals events of the year in prospect. As previously reported with eight original songs Love and Liberation is to be released just as the earlier A Social Call was on the Concord label. It is striking listening to ‘When I Say’ how intuitively Horn inhabits that boisterous rollercoaster of a Betty Carter sound.

Horn who will be appearing with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for dates this autumn, click for more information, has pianists Victor Gould and special guest Sullivan Fortner on the Chris Dunn-produced album plus tenor saxophonist Stacey Dillard and trumpeter Josh Evans, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer/singer Jamison Ross.

Covers on Love and Liberation are Jon Hendrick’s ‘No More’ , Erykah Badu’s ‘Green Eyes’, Rachelle Farrell’s ‘Reflection of My Heart’ duetting with drummer/singer Jamison Ross, and Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Mercer’s ‘I Thought About You.’ 

It is a 27 August launch date at Pizza Express Jazz Club for Travel Sketches, new on the Ubuntu label from Steve Winwood saxophonist Paul Booth.

With the Booth quartet of Steve Hamilton piano, Dave Whitford on bass and Andrew Bain on drums most of the tunes are originals plus a cover of Peter Gabriel's ‘Don't Give Up’ is included. Booth is on the faculty and performs this summer at the Sligo Jazz Project.

New Soho venue Boulevard Theatre on the site of the old Raymond Revue Bar has announced a late-night offering of music, comedy and cabaret running from Wednesday-Saturday straight after its nightly theatre shows. Soho Sounds: Jazz will run every Wednesday night weekly from 6 November-18 December showcasing the best UK and international performers. The house trio will be Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass), and Pete Hill (drums). For the first season, composer, pianist and arranger Alex Webb will curate the night. Confirmed performers for the autumn include David McAlmont, China Moses, Jo HarropVimala Rowe and singer-songwriter Anna Ross.