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Chemurgy from James Brandon Lewis and the Red Lily Quintet's Jesup Wagon is now streaming

The rousing 'Chemurgy' from James Brandon Lewis and the Red Lily Quintet's Jesup Wagon to be released by Aum Fidelity/TAO Forms on 7 May is now streaming. JBL, one of today's most significant US free-jazz saxophone restless explorers and innovators …

Published: 6 Mar 2021. Updated: 44 days.

The rousing 'Chemurgy' from James Brandon Lewis and the Red Lily Quintet's Jesup Wagon to be released by Aum Fidelity/TAO Forms on 7 May is now streaming. JBL, one of today's most significant US free-jazz saxophone restless explorers and innovators is on the George Washington Carver-themed album along with cornetist Kirk Knuffke, double bass icon William Parker, cellist Chris Hoffman and drummer Chad Taylor. More, via the label, on the album

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The Steve Gadd band at Blue Note Tokyo: impressions on 1st listens & rated *** (3 stars)

To be released by BFM Jazz, Steve Gadd has old muckers Jimmy Johnson on bass guitar and Walt Fowler on trumpet, Kevin Hays on keyboards and vocals on a few numbers with guitarist David Spinozza coming in for Michael Landau. The record spans an …

Published: 6 Mar 2021. Updated: 31 days.

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To be released by BFM Jazz, Steve Gadd has old muckers Jimmy Johnson on bass guitar and Walt Fowler on trumpet, Kevin Hays on keyboards and vocals on a few numbers with guitarist David Spinozza coming in for Michael Landau. The record spans an album's worth of selections drawn from a 4-night run in the Tokyo jazz club the Blue Note in December 2019. Some tracks are originals. Impressions after a few listens? OK, tastes pretty savoury and invites you in. There's momentarily a sci-fi type opening from Hays on 'Where's Earth' and solemn trumpet before the funkiness. Gadd's sticks you can hear before the very Steely Dan-like 'Doesn't She Know By Now'. On 'Timpanogos' Fowler is quite Linley Hamilton-like and takes up the running quite a lot. 'Hidden Drive' is bluesy. Spinozza is great at swampy pitch-bending quite a lot throughout the album. 'Walk With Me' has an Americana feel and there's a Hays vocal that you could imagine sitting well in a kind of Derek Trucks-type situation. 'One Point Five' has cowbell upfront, a Cuban feel, and really good bass lines. The funkified 'Way Back Home' comes with tremendous brushwork from Gadd. Lest we forget the Rochester icon is one of the greatest drummers on planet earth and this live album is an update on that fact. 'Rat Race' is all about a super band command of the offbeats. It is so full of elasticity and organic flow. Probably the pick of the tracks. 'Watching the River Flow' with a Hays vocal finishes things off. For sheer groove go for 'Way Back Home'. For melody it's 'Doesn't She Know by Now'. Out on 2 April