Bill Frisell, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed are among the line-up for Ireland's Bray jazz festival this spring

Ireland's Bray jazz festival has come up with a fine line-up for its return with Bill Frisell, above, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed among the line-up. Also heading to Bray are Origin Story, Umbra, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Claire Antonini, the Conor …

Published: 26 Feb 2022. Updated: 11 months.

Ireland's Bray jazz festival has come up with a fine line-up for its return with Bill Frisell, above, Tord Gustavsen and Yazz Ahmed among the line-up. Also heading to Bray are Origin Story, Umbra, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Claire Antonini, the Conor Guilfoyle octet, the Randy Ingram trio, the Ariel Bart trio, Carole Nelson trio and the Ilaria Capalbo quintet. Dates are 29 April-1 May and the festival website is here

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Jean-Michel Pilc, Alive, Live at Dièse Onze, Montréal ***

There are actually two albums in this release of recordings from Montréal made last year. But the second and best of the two is only available as a download while the first which also crackles with energy and live atmosphere is out on CD as well as …

Published: 26 Feb 2022. Updated: 11 months.

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There are actually two albums in this release of recordings from Montréal made last year. But the second and best of the two is only available as a download while the first which also crackles with energy and live atmosphere is out on CD as well as download. Jean-Michel Pilc has amazing technique and is a maximalist improviser. He's not one for microscopic detail more for lots of bravura effect and energy. You get this on 'Freedom Jazz Dance' ably supported by bassist Rémi-Jean LeBlanc and drummer Jim Doxas and you also get fun say on 'All the Things You Are' when he starts teasing in the melody of what sounds like 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'. Warning! You'll want to hear Pilc in a live setting straight away after hearing this substantial selection.