Christian McBride features on Jo Harrop's upcoming record The Heart Wants

A significant classic jazz-vocals highlight this autumn is the release of The Heart Wants new from Jo Harrop on 8 October first listens strongly suggest. A stellar personnel, including the presence of one of the world's most iconic bassists and …

Published: 15 Sep 2021. Updated: 3 days.

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A significant classic jazz-vocals highlight this autumn is the release of The Heart Wants new from Jo Harrop on 8 October first listens strongly suggest. A stellar personnel, including the presence of one of the world's most iconic bassists and bandleaders, the uber-Pettifordian Christian McBride join the very fine London via Chester-Le-Street singer, long since in her prime, on a number of tracks led off by the very bluesily-soulful 'The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants', McBride a stately presence, 'All Too Soon' and 'Wise Words' (begun with chords like you'd hear on Billy Taylor's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free)'. The great Welsh trumpeter the Kenny Dorham-ite Andy Davies is also on the record as is ex-Jeff Beck UK jazz piano icon Jason Rebello who like the Philadelphian McBride has also worked extensively with Sting.

To be issued next month on Mayank Patel's Hampstead-based Lateralize label ahead of Harrop's appearance in Cadogan Hall on 5 November songs are Harrop originals. Tony Bennett-influenced Jo, an abiding influence on her jazz sensibility that goes back to hearing the 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco' icon play live in Newcastle, was on sparkling form recently at the Hampstead Jazz Club performing songs mainly drawn from The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album for a Jazz FM radio recording broadcast last month. “These songs,'' Jo says, ''feel timeless, but they also reflect where we are here and now, caught up in life’s bittersweet journey. Music has been my whole world for as long as I can remember; it has always had the power to transport me and to move me deep inside, and I want to create the same emotional connection with people who hear my songs.” The Heart Wants cover art, above

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Billy Cobham to play Manchester's Blues Kitchen

Appearing on 29 September among an ear catching raft of programming is the upcoming appearance of 1970s era jazz-rock Mahavishnu Orchestra drum deity Billy Cobham, above, at Manchester venue The Blues Kitchen. Bookings at the Columbo Group spot …

Published: 15 Sep 2021. Updated: 3 days.

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Appearing on 29 September among an ear catching raft of programming is the upcoming appearance of 1970s era jazz-rock Mahavishnu Orchestra drum deity Billy Cobham, above, at Manchester venue The Blues Kitchen. Bookings at the Columbo Group spot situated on the city's Quay Street not far from Great Northern Square – the company also owns London's Jazz Cafe and Blues Kitchens in Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch (the recently opened Manchester spot being its first beyond London) – include: Henrik Schwarz + Alma Quartet on 30 Sept; Bukky Leo and Black Egypt on 6 October; Riot Jazz on the 7th; and Yemi Bolatiwa with the Untold Orchestra on the 13th.