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Arve Henriksen and Harmen Fraanje, Touch of Time, ECM ****

An intimate trumpet and piano duo album for the philosophers among us. While you sort of know what you are going to get with an Arve Henriksen record and that is no bad thing given how unique his fragile highly individual trumpet intellectualised …

Published: 27 Jan 2024. Updated: 5 months.

An intimate trumpet and piano duo album for the philosophers among us. While you sort of know what you are going to get with an Arve Henriksen record and that is no bad thing given how unique his fragile highly individual trumpet intellectualised sound is, nevertheless this takes you to intimate places as if for the first time. The Norwegian has a soul mate here in Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje on a less-is-more recording that you certainly wouldn't put on to get the party started. But for deep, serious, contemplative thoughtful meditations often framed in deft modal progressions it is perfect. Henriksen's fragile ache of a tone sometimes aided by subtle use of electronics is as powerful as ever. Recorded in a Lugano studio produced once again by the master Manfred Eicher it's a beautiful release, most of the pieces kept relatively brief, with a taut sense of explorations in the themes and a sense of conversation between these two great players. I loved the introductory motif developed by Fraanje on 'Winter Haze' with a coating of electronics shrouding the pithy piano figure and so much expressed in such a tiny amount of time. SG. Arve Henriksen, photo: Dirk Neven/Wikimedia

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Glowseeker The Yard, Manchester Monday 29 Jan Curtis Stigers Ronnie Scott's, London Monday 29 Jan-Sunday 4 Feb Neil Angilley Latin Jazz Trio Watermill, Dorking Tuesday 30 Jan James Taylor Quartet Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Tuesday 30 Jan and …

Published: 27 Jan 2024. Updated: 5 months.

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Glowseeker The Yard, Manchester Monday 29 Jan

Curtis Stigers Ronnie Scott's, London Monday 29 Jan-Sunday 4 Feb

Neil Angilley Latin Jazz Trio Watermill, Dorking Tuesday 30 Jan

James Taylor Quartet Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Tuesday 30 Jan and Wednesday 31 Jan

Jamil Sheriff The Cask, Scarborough Wednesday 31 Jan

Remi Harris Cu Mumbles, Swansea Wednesday 31 Jan

Sithers & Comeau Quartet Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Wednesday 31 Jan

Eddie Gripper Trio The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday 1 Feb

Martin Smith Quartet L'Aperitivo, Liverpool Thursday 1 Feb

Colin Steele Barony Hall, Glasgow Thursday 1 Feb

Ian Shaw and Jamie Safir The Jazz Sanctuary, Twickenham Thursday 1 Feb

BruMing Band The White House, Oxford Thursday 1 Feb

John O'Gallagher, Faith Brackenbury, John Pope and Tony Bianco Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham Thursday 1 Feb

Stuart Henderson Harlington Function Room, Fleet Thursday 1 Feb lunchtime

Tammy Payne Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday 1 Feb

Daniel Rorke/Rick Simpson Quartet Scott's, Belfast Friday 2 Feb

Dean Masser Quartet, Matt Carmichael, Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, Gaz Hughes Trio, The Clare Teal 4, Joe Stilgoe and more Southport Jazz Festival, the Grand, Southport Friday 2 Feb-Sunday 4 Feb

Steve Waterman South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell Friday 2 Feb

Sharp Little Bones feat Tony Kofi The Bear, Luton Friday 2 Feb

Nigel Price St Andrew's Church, Hove Friday 2 Feb

Pete Rudeforth Steyning Centre, Steyning Friday 2 Feb

Alex Clarke Quartet Pallant Suite, Chichester Friday 2 Feb

Souldeep The Hound Dog, Derby Friday 2 Feb

Gisela Horat 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday 2 Feb

Emma Rawicz The Verdict, Brighton Friday 2 Feb

QOW Trio The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 3 Feb

The Kyron Bourke Quartet Berts, Belfast Saturday 3 Feb

Reiss Ellis Beckles Group Vortex, London Saturday 3 Feb

Heather Simmons and Debbie Bines The Jazz Centre, Southend Saturday 3 Feb in the afternoon

Immy Churchill Hunter's Club, Bury St Edmunds Sunday 4 Feb in the afternoon

Emma Rawicz, pictured, plays Brighton on Friday 2 Feb