Black Art Jazz Collective, Ascension, High Note

The chance of hearing in the flesh top class US hard bop such as produced on Ascension from the Black Art Jazz Collective any time soon is slim indeed. Retro inclined this is the kind of record that gets you reaching back to the Blue Note label for …

Published: 1 Aug 2020. Updated: 2 months.

The chance of hearing in the flesh top class US hard bop such as produced on Ascension from the Black Art Jazz Collective any time soon is slim indeed. Retro inclined this is the kind of record that gets you reaching back to the Blue Note label for further treasure and while the tunes are mainly new the album is firmly baked in the heritage of the music. Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery and James Burton III make a formidable front line ably backed by a knowing rhythm section. An album that won't change the world but by its lived-in sound and expert prowess will make you realise some of the essence of what we are all missing out there in the real world.

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Jay Phelps to release his first live album

Live at The Cockpit is to be trumpeter Jay Phelps first live album. It's to be released on the Ubuntu label in September. Recorded in 2018 at the Cockpit theatre in central London Jay is with Rick Simpson (piano), Ferg Ireland (bass) and Will Glaser …

Published: 1 Aug 2020. Updated: 2 months.

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Live at The Cockpit is to be trumpeter Jay Phelps first live album. It's to be released on the Ubuntu label in September. Recorded in 2018 at the Cockpit theatre in central London Jay is with Rick Simpson (piano), Ferg Ireland (bass) and Will Glaser (drums). Jay says via his label: ''This concert was my album launch, coupled with a recording for one [of the] the first ever J to Z shows for BBC3. The Cockpit Theatre is the host venue for ‘Jazz in the Round’, headed by famed radio presenters/producers Jez Nelson and Chris Philips. Over the years, they’ve consistently curated world-class Jazz concerts in London, and I feel privileged to be able to release an album that was recorded as a result of their curation.”