Daily jazz blog, Marlbank

10 top US jazz club gigs this week

1 / Joel Frahm trio Black Cat, San Francisco Thursday-Sunday The Frahm trio - the saxist with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini were caught at Scott's in Belfast earlier this year - click for a link to the BBC radio air shot 2 / Bill …

Published: 10 Jun 2024. Updated: 32 days.

1 / Joel Frahm trio Black Cat, San Francisco Thursday-Sunday

  • The Frahm trio - the saxist with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini were caught at Scott's in Belfast earlier this year - click for a link to the BBC radio air shot

2 / Bill Frisell Trio featuring Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle Thurs-Sun

GIG OF THE WEEK

3 / Grégoire Maret and Romain Collin Jazz Gallery, New York Thurs

  • Launching the brilliant Ennio

4 / Mike Stern Quartet Jazz Showcase, Chicago Thurs-Sun

5 / Black Diamond Green Mill, Chicago Friday

  • Marking the release of Furniture of the Mind Rearranging (WeJazz) featuring reedist Artie Black and saxist/flautist Hunter Diamond with bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Neil Hemphill.

6 / Revoutionary Snake Ensemble Regattabar, Cambridge Fri

7 / Monty Alexander Blues Alley, Washington DC Fri, Saturday, Sun

  • Read a review of Monty's superb D-Day

8 / Eric Darius Yoshi's, Oakland Sat

9 / Nelson Rangell Dazzle, Denver Sat

10 / Sweet Honey in the Rock Keystone Korner, Baltimore Sat and Sun

  • Got a venue? Take an ad and appear in our weekly guide. Grégoire Maret and Romain Collin, pictured, surface at the Jazz Gallery in New York on Thursday night

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Nduduzo Makhathini, uNomkhubulwane, Blue Note *****

Such a vision. These anthems of spiritual healing couched in ancient mysticism all spiral and dance, lift and separate, invade our internal consciousness and ultimately descend into a complete communion both achieved by the bravura pianism and the …

Published: 10 Jun 2024. Updated: 40 days.

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Such a vision.

These anthems of spiritual healing couched in ancient mysticism all spiral and dance, lift and separate, invade our internal consciousness and ultimately descend into a complete communion both achieved by the bravura pianism and the prophet-like outpourings and dressing of the shaman-like vocalisations. Such an inspirational tribute then to Zulu goddess uNomkhubulwane shaped around a three movement suite that transcends language barriers and communicates by the universal language of music.

A healing force rains down

Clearly the latest and greatest yet from dazzling South African jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini here with US bassist of South African lineage Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela.

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Nduduzo Makhathini, photo: Arthur Dlamini

The sound is very open and inviting. Scaling the heights Makhathini seizes and immerses himself in the panoramic view. Three is a magic number in so many ways - the trio, the cosmology, the triplet feel. And uNomkhubulwane is clearly an incredible achievement to lose yourself in and as a jazz listener be reborn by. 'Ithemba' has the kind of serene, humble, perfection that John Coltrane achieved on Impressions classic 'After the Rain' and the goddess of rain uNomkhubulwane too knows more than most about giving life in whatever figurative sense you most cherish as, clearly, does Makhathini.