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Brecker connection beckons

With Michael Brecker tribute band the incredible Charged Particles in the line-up - Live at the Baked Potato blew us away on release two years ago - Michael's brother the great trumpeter and flugel player Randy Brecker joins the band booked along …

Published: 21 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

With Michael Brecker tribute band the incredible Charged Particles in the line-up - Live at the Baked Potato blew us away on release two years ago - Michael's brother the great trumpeter and flugel player Randy Brecker joins the band booked along with some of the cream of the UK mainstream jazz and straightahead scene gathering in Scarborough in September for one of the best line-ups anywhere so far this year on the regional festival circuit.

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Ian Shaw, Tony Kofi, Clare Teal, Brandon Allen, Emma Rawicz, Ivo Neame, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick (above) and more are in the strong line-up. Check out our current track of the week 'Detachment' from Freestone and Mick above. Scarborough dates are 22-24 September - click through for details.

Before the Scarborough date on the 23rd Charged Particles and Randy also play Merchants House, Glasgow on the 17th of September; Player Hall, Nottingham High School, DH Lawrence's old school, on the 18th; the Concorde, Eastleigh on the 19th; The Spin at Tap Social, Botley, near Oxford, on the 20th; Ronnie Scott's, London on the 21st; and Stoller Hall, Manchester the 22nd

Randy Brecker, top. Photo: press

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Joel Harrison, Anthem of Unity, High Note ****

Organ soaked and organic sounding with terrific groove from the great Jack DeJohnette, tenorist Gregory Tardy is as mellow as you will hear him thriving on the Gary Versace B3 generated momentum and wrapping Joel Harrison's rootsy guitar sound in a …

Published: 21 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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Organ soaked and organic sounding with terrific groove from the great Jack DeJohnette, tenorist Gregory Tardy is as mellow as you will hear him thriving on the Gary Versace B3 generated momentum and wrapping Joel Harrison's rootsy guitar sound in a kind of a sonic halo on opener the title track 'Anthem of Unity'. Mainly Harrison originals plus covers of Sonny Rollins' 'Doxy,' in its wooziness even better than the stately cover of Bob Dylan classic 'The Times They Are A-Changin,' Harrison does not shy away from going straightahead in places, a routine that surely suits the taste of issuing label High Note given its long established profile just fine especially on the infectious 'Survival Instinct'. The album isn't samey at all and soloing particularly on 'Doxy' has a Wayne Krantz edge to it. Best of the originals is the pastoral feel conjured on 'Migratory Birds' where Versace adds evocative colour and DeJohnette's incredible feel is heard at its best. Tardy on 'Parvati' led off by a DeJohnette solo is another special moment as is Jack's chunky stomping motion fashioned up on the catchy 'Mohawk Valley Peace Dance'. An album that values what's essential and kicks out all that's stale or meretricious. Out today