Big band Neame – a landmark moment for the UK jazz scene

Ivo Neame heard on powerful form at the Vortex just last week performing with rising star saxist Emma Rawicz and playing the same Steinway utilised jamming with Wynton Marsalis at the east london club in 2010 has a new big band studio album …

Published: 28 Sep 2021. Updated: 29 days.

Ivo Neame heard on powerful form at the Vortex just last week performing with rising star saxist Emma Rawicz and playing the same Steinway utilised jamming with Wynton Marsalis at the east london club in 2010 has a new big band studio album Glimpses of Truth out this autumn that immediately sounds like a new career peak. A galaxy of post-bop-and-beyond virtuoso talent appear with Neame recording last October, the realisation something of a first for the prodigiously talented man of Kent, the album to be released on the Whirlwind label in late-November.

Included in its personnel are Empirical's alto star Nathaniel Facey and his bandmate bassist Tom Farmer, Canadian trumpet icon Ingrid Jensen, admired Israel-born guitarist Gilad Hekselman and saxist Jason Yarde, this year significant on Anthony Joseph's brilliant The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives here in the mix on baritone. Apparently inspiration for the track 'The Rise of the Lizard People' involved Neame discovering an article that claimed some 12 million Americans believe interstellar lizards run the United States. “I wanted to write a tune that would encourage people to wake up and question their beliefs,'' Neame says.

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The Adam O'Farrill Sakamoto-inspired Stakra is now streaming

With an overall album title inspired by a scene drawn from superb Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, the Visions of Your Other opener 'Stakra' by trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days is streaming. 'Stakra' itself uses a small …

Published: 28 Sep 2021. Updated: 29 days.

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With an overall album title inspired by a scene drawn from superb Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film The Master, the Visions of Your Other opener 'Stakra' by trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days is streaming. 'Stakra' itself uses a small portion of Ryuichi Sakamoto's piece of the same name as a jumping-off point, a hypnotic track that was included on the adored Japanese composer's 2017 album Async. Look for this tantalising quartet album on the US Biophilia label in November. Adam O'Farrill, above