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Bill Frisell, Valentine, Blue Note

There is something neat and tidy about this likeable trio set from the great American guitarist. You get a feeling of contentment from its masterly if undemanding distillation of jazz past and present. Bill Frisell sounds thoroughly at ease with …

Published: 15 Aug 2020. Updated: 10 months.

There is something neat and tidy about this likeable trio set from the great American guitarist. You get a feeling of contentment from its masterly if undemanding distillation of jazz past and present. Bill Frisell sounds thoroughly at ease with himself.

New versions, covers and first time outings are the order of the day with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston providing sterling work with him travelling from Boubacar Traoré’s 'Baba Drame' on to the gently insistent 'Valentine' and beyond.

You get a swinging buoyancy in unexpected places throughout as the album darts in and out of the present and mythic past, with Billy Strayhorn’s 'A Flower is a Lovesome Thing' the foremost nod to the classic although the fingerprints of Thelonious Monk are also all over the album in its quirkier moments. Above all it is Frisell's unique sound that leads the way, a modest master who turns up the quiet yet again with a trio formula that seems built to last.

Bill Frisell photo: Blue Note.

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Greg Osby and Vein drummer Florian Arbenz release their debut album as a duo

Reflections of the Eternal Line is the absorbing debut duo collaboration between Vein drummer Florian Anbenz and MBASE era alto great Greg Osby due for release this autumn. Inspired by a series of paintings by artist Stephan Spicher and recording …

Published: 14 Aug 2020. Updated: 10 months.

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Reflections of the Eternal Line is the absorbing debut duo collaboration between Vein drummer Florian Anbenz and MBASE era alto great Greg Osby due for release this autumn. Inspired by a series of paintings by artist Stephan Spicher and recording the album in the aritist's workshop, the album is released on 17 September. 'Groove Conductor,' one of the seven tracks, is featured in the video below and two further tracks are streaming via Bandcamp.