Sebastian Rochford, Kit Downes, Silver Light, ECM *****

Oh so very immaculate and beautiful in its reverberation - new in our track-of-the-day 1 luv section - this intimate duo piece marks the first stirrings from A Short Diary an album out in early 2023 that introduces the Scottish born Sebastian …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

Oh so very immaculate and beautiful in its reverberation - new in our track-of-the-day 1 luv section - this intimate duo piece marks the first stirrings from A Short Diary an album out in early 2023 that introduces the Scottish born Sebastian Rochford's first record as a leader for ECM (the Polar Bear and Sons of Kemet legend has been on the label already as a sideman with Andy Sheppard). A duo album with fellow ECM artist Kit Downes whose Vermillion is in our list of best UK albums this year, the piece begins with a simple resonant melody delivered deftly by Kit far away from any big bravura statement but instead mindful and glistening. Seb joins after a while on brushes and the feeling of contemplation intensifies like a silent prayer. A Short Diary is dedicated to Seb's father, Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford (1932-2019) and to his family and includes a piece his father wrote 'Even Now I Think Of Her'.

More reading:

Seb Rochford live at the Vortex in May 22

Pulled By Magnets Seb's grindcore band with Pete Wareham and Neil Charles reviewed in the East End in 2019

Surrounded by Sea review - Seb with Andy Sheppard

Seb Rochford top left in the ECM publicity photo - taken by the avant trumpeter Alex Bonney - with Kit Downes

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Gig choice - the week ahead

Alexandra Ridout The Yard Manchester Monday Nduduzo Makhathini Turner Sims Southampton Tuesday Formidable spiritual sounds for Southampton from pianist composer Nduduzo Makhathini who this year was highly impressive on the Blue Note album In the …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

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Alexandra Ridout The Yard Manchester Monday

Nduduzo Makhathini Turner Sims Southampton Tuesday

Formidable spiritual sounds for Southampton from pianist composer Nduduzo Makhathini who this year was highly impressive on the Blue Note album In the Spirit of Ntu. The South African has also worked with Shabaka and the Ancestors.

Art Themen trio Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath Wednesday

Oscar Jerome Brudenell Social Club Leeds Thursday

Nu Civilisation Orchestra St George's Bristol Thursday

Sarathy Korwar Band on the Wall Manchester Friday

Quintet Blue feat. Denys Baptiste and Nigel Price Peggy's Skylight Nottingham Saturday

Omar and QCBA Jesus College Cambridge Sunday

Nduduzo Makhathini photo: press