Andreas Toftemark Quartet, La Gare, April ****

Fans of UK 1990s era hard bop trumpeter Gerard Presencer will be interested in this release as Gerard pops up in sizeable helpings on Danish saxophonist Andreas Toftemark's very retro La Gare in a quartet setting recording in Copenhagen where …

Published: 19 Nov 2023. Updated: 16 days.

Fans of UK 1990s era hard bop trumpeter Gerard Presencer will be interested in this release as Gerard pops up in sizeable helpings on Danish saxophonist Andreas Toftemark's very retro La Gare in a quartet setting recording in Copenhagen where Toftemark who sounds a little like UK scene player Brandon Allen on some tracks (especially 'Dagmar') is also joined by bassist Matthias Petri, pianist Calle Brickman and drummer Andreas Svendsen. Mostly originals of the leader's, and very apealing they are too, all cleanly caputured in the fine audio recording sound, 'November in Paris' has a Jazz Messengers feel to it and the ballad 'Waltz For Alex' is a real achievement - the album title itself refers to a Paris jazz club.

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Loren Stillman, Time and Again, Sunnyside ****

Less is more on this stylish sax-bass-drums outing from leader Loren Stillman. Tender on 'Unsung', often emotive and stark in its direct qualities, Stillman is with bass great Drew Gress, heard at his very best at the beginning of 'Foist' and …

Published: 18 Nov 2023. Updated: 17 days.

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Less is more on this stylish sax-bass-drums outing from leader Loren Stillman. Tender on 'Unsung', often emotive and stark in its direct qualities, Stillman is with bass great Drew Gress, heard at his very best at the beginning of 'Foist' and drummer Mark Ferber. The three keeps things simple on the Stillman originals and the album - serious music for serious times - consequently has a clarity in its execution and delivery. Pick of the tracks? Go for 'The Mask' with its handsome theme and sense of freedom in both the bass and drum parts swirling around the plaintive tenor saxophone lines.