An early autumn release ahead for Imaginary Visions

Miho Hazama with the Danish Radio Big Band appear on Imaginary Visions to be released in late-September by the Edition label. The composer and conductor says: “This is a significant milestone-moment for me.'' Hazama and the big band, you may …

Published: 8 Aug 2021. Updated: 41 days.

Miho Hazama with the Danish Radio Big Band appear on Imaginary Visions to be released in late-September by the Edition label. The composer and conductor says: “This is a significant milestone-moment for me.'' Hazama and the big band, you may recall, collaborated with saxophonist Marius Neset on his album Tributes released last year. Opening Imaginary Visions track 'I Said Cool, You Said… What?' is streaming.

Miho Hazama photo: via Edition

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Track of the day: the Harvey​/​O'Higgins Project's Tropical Paradise ****

If averse to tunefulness don't read on. If still with us there is a story to tell courtesy of these melodic, meaningfully swinging but satisfyingly complex harmonic sounds. The Birmingham-born English saxophone master of Irish descent Dave …

Published: 7 Aug 2021. Updated: 42 days.

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If averse to tunefulness don't read on. If still with us there is a story to tell courtesy of these melodic, meaningfully swinging but satisfyingly complex harmonic sounds. The Birmingham-born English saxophone master of Irish descent Dave O'Higgins who still (at 56) is not old enough yet beyond his significant fandom to be officially called a great or an icon, giant, etc, but certainly is a great, giant, icon, etc, nonetheless as anyone with a pulse who has heard him play with his own groups or with Darius Brubeck in recent years will, beyond all begrudgery if needs must given some curmudgeonly jazzers' propensity to mindlessly grumble, acknowledge. From the quartet affair That's the Way To Live! the co-leader is pianist Graham Harvey known for his work with revered jazz singer Stacey Kent, for instance on Stacey's classic album The Changing Lights. As for 'Tropical Paradise' it's the kind of piece Duncan Lamont might have written in its twinkling playfulness while O'Higgins bit by bit unveils the sheer resource of his tenorist tenacity, technique and imagination. Two further Staceyians, also heard on The Changing Lights, double bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Josh Morrison, complete the band. Why does it all work? It's the beat more than groove in the end as Brown goes to town. That's The Way To Live! (Ubuntu) is to be released on 23 September. In Brubeck's quartet O'Hig plays Soho at the Pizza, on Friday. Dave O'Higgins, top. Photo via Bandcamp