Benjamin Koppel, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Perspective, Cowbell ***1/2

Recorded in the Village studio in Copenhagen this is a meeting once again of old friends and continues a longstanding rapport the three, Danish saxist Benjamin Koppel and US rhythm team bassist Scott Colley & drummer Brian Blade have developed …

Published: 9 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

Recorded in the Village studio in Copenhagen this is a meeting once again of old friends and continues a longstanding rapport the three, Danish saxist Benjamin Koppel and US rhythm team bassist Scott Colley & drummer Brian Blade have developed down the years. Without a harmony instrument to lean on there is plenty of room for Koppel's sheer melodicism to assert itself over the often skeletal bass and drums lines. On a track like 'Don't Rise' you get a sense of the approach of say Joshua Redman a little. And certainly the three players in this context value melodicism just as Redman does and the journey of a theme to wring out as much meaning from it as is possible in the course of an ensuing improvisation. With originals written by all three members you may take a while to familiarise yourself with their writing style - Koppel isn't afraid to take the tempo up on a track like 'After Time' and certainly Blade responds when he does. Colley's arco lines at the beginning of 'Precipice' underpinned by Koppel's sombre response and the reverential rustle of cymbal show the trio aren't afraid to take on more serious atmospheres on an album that is high on the sheer craft of a different kind of trio. It slipped out quietly a couple of weeks ago - catch up on Perspective today.

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Kyle Eastwood, Eastwood Symphonic, Discograph ***1/2

One for the film buffs among you as much as the jazz buffs, this very broad sweep of film music connected with Clint Eastwood from Clint's jazz bassist son Kyle Eastwood covers a lot of territory and certainly does not forget to factor in a firm …

Published: 8 Aug 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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One for the film buffs among you as much as the jazz buffs, this very broad sweep of film music connected with Clint Eastwood from Clint's jazz bassist son Kyle Eastwood covers a lot of territory and certainly does not forget to factor in a firm jazz flavour. With leading UK scene jazz players pianist Andrew McCormack, saxophonist Brandon Allen, trumpeter Quentin Collins and drummer Chris Higginbottom in Kyle's band the orchestra in addition joining the quintet is the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Prague the arrangements are by Gast Waltzing who also conducts. The poignant side of the album comes across strongly with the themes from Gran Torino and Bridges of Madison County as effective as the blood and guts machismo of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Dirty Harry. Out on 1 September. The 'Eastwood Overture' track is streaming