A first album in 5 years from Courtney Pine Spirituality sets the jazz agenda

Building towards the release of Spirituality - Courtney Pine's first album in 5 years - the 1980s saxophone and bass clarinet legend is touring throughout the autumn with the 2021 Ivors Impact winner pianist Zoe Rahman and a string quartet. Shows …

Published: 2 Aug 2022. Updated: 8 days.

Building towards the release of Spirituality - Courtney Pine's first album in 5 years - the 1980s saxophone and bass clarinet legend is touring throughout the autumn with the 2021 Ivors Impact winner pianist Zoe Rahman and a string quartet. Shows include Cornwall, Buxton, Liverpool, Wavendon, Norwich, Leeds, Cardiff, Southampton, Edinburgh, London, Saffron Walden and Bradford on Avon.

A London born UK icon of Jamaican lineage Pine's last album was Black Notes From The Deep in 2017.

Courtney, 58, broke the mould to establish a renaissance for UK jazz at the time of Journey to the Urge Within which cracked the pop charts in 1986 something that in that synth pop-dominated era hitherto was fairly unthinkable and somehow introduced a new generation of UK black jazz musicians to the wider public mostly for the first time.

Many musicians on Urge Within have long since become icons of the UK scene including BBC Radio Three presenter pianist and composer Julian Joseph, vibes luminary and jazz industry power Orphy Robinson, Tomorrow's Warriors legend Gary Crosby and the great jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss.

Pine was the Shabaka Hutchings of his day and yet surely Birmingham star Hutchings would admit that he stands on the shoulders of the giant as do so many. Like Pine who set up his own label Destin-E Records signing the likes of long time comrade steady eddie guitarist Cameron Pierre, Hutchings has established Native Rebel. Blessed with a monstrously accomplished playing technique drawing on circular breathing methods and more Pine emerged from a reggae background as a very young man playing with such seminal acts as Clint Eastwood and General Saint.

It's fair to say that Pine, a Black British and Afropean icon whose reach has extended far beyond the jazz niche into more general cultural and socio-political significance, is the most influential jazz musician of Jamaican descent on the UK scene since Joe Harriott and while revered and celebrated quite rightly today long after his passing Harriott was very undersung and neglected in his day given the acute often overtly racist climate of the era. Pine has developed his own syncretic approach whether developing ideas based on DJ and scratch culture, pan-Caribbean music, the legacy of John Coltrane and much more.

Spirituality picks up the thread established on the earlier Song (The Ballad Book) from 2015.

More on Courtney Pine - read a live 2012 review from the Islington Assembly Hall Pine comin' home to the House of Legends

Zoe Rahman and Courtney Pine photo: publicity shot


The podcast Global with Courtney Pine Discovering Nu Jazz and Beyond hits episode 14 today. This week for the brand new show set to go up later tracks are:

Cyrus Chestnut - 'Nippon Soul Connection' HIGHNOTE

Bill Laurance - 'Balm' FLINT

Marco Tranchina/Smat Five - 'Axioma' UBUNTU

Dende & Band - 'Epe Baba' ROPEADOPE

Action Tension and Space - 'Chromosomes' RUNE

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Smudges - 'The Gigue is Up' CRYPTOGRAMOPHONE

Maridalen - 'Pa nye eventyr' JAZZLAND

Ebi Soda - Pseudocreme TRU THOUGHTS

Zela Margossian Quintet - Forecast ROPEADOPE

Joel Lyssarides - Gowns of Dark ACT

Catch up on last week's episode above

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Bossa nova nights to usher us into early autumn as Rio singer Daniela Soledade tours Pretty World to St Ives & Ronnie's

The easy listening charms of 'Pretty World' are manifold from the new Daniela Soledade album of the same name. Recorded in Rio Pretty World also includes a Soledade collaboration with the great composer Roberto Menescal on 'Como É Gostoso Sonhar …

Published: 1 Aug 2022. Updated: 9 days.

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The easy listening charms of 'Pretty World' are manifold from the new Daniela Soledade album of the same name. Recorded in Rio Pretty World also includes a Soledade collaboration with the great composer Roberto Menescal on 'Como É Gostoso Sonhar (It’s So Good To Dream)' and a version of Michael Franks classic 'Down in Brazil' (the last track of Side 2 of 1977's Warner Bros album Sleeping Gypsy).

Daniela debuted with 2019's A Moment of You

The Rio-born singer blessed with a voice that can melt the permafrost of even the coldest of rooms and who is the grand-daughter of Paulo Soledade the writer of 'Só Você, Mais Nada' (in English rendered from the Portuguese 'Only You, Nothing Else') introduced by Elizeth Cardoso in 1954 and later flamboyantly, swooningly, by Maysa on Barquinho (1961) includes songs by Paulo and Daniela's musician father Paulinho on the record.

'Pretty World' is a cover of the 1960s Antonio Adolfo song interpreted down the years by among others the great Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 and includes masterful lyrics in English by the Bergmans - Alan and the late Marilyn. Guitarist Nate Najar appears with the singer for the Cornwall and London dates. Album guests include jazz icon Randy Brecker on flugel and swinging mainstreamer eternal fogey Harry Allen on tenor saxophone. Daniela Soledade, top. Photo press

Soledade plays the St Ives Jazz Club with guitarist Nate Najar on 20 September and Ronnie Scott's on 3 October in a run of European dates. For more details see the St Ives jazz club and Ronnie Scott's websites. Pretty World is officially out on Friday

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