Christoph Irniger trio, Open City

Slim pickings at the moment in terms of releases. In many ways it makes sense for labels to put releases back until bands can tour again. However, look hard and you'll find some gems still. I keep returning to Open City an album inspired by …

Published: 3 Aug 2020. Updated: 16 months.

Slim pickings at the moment in terms of releases. In many ways it makes sense for labels to put releases back until bands can tour again. However, look hard and you'll find some gems still. I keep returning to Open City an album inspired by saxophonist Christoph Irniger's fascination with the Teju Cole book of the same name. The album has an open exploratory feel that never feels regimented or hemmed in. Irniger on tenor is not the greatest saxophonist in the world but he gets his message across supremely expressively and knits well with bassist Raffaele Bossard and drummer Ziv Ravitz while the scintillating trombone playing of Nils Wogram and alto work of Loren Stillman add a lot of colour. There is a soulfulness in the lead saxophone lines and you get the feeling that there was a certain magic in the air when this was recorded back in January. Out on Intakt in August.

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Charles Tolliver, Connect, Gearbox

You can find this album on at least three streaming services at the moment in its entirety. But Connect is more a vinyl listen. It has that burnished glow to it and of course with hard bop stamped through it like a stick of rock it belongs more to …

Published: 2 Aug 2020. Updated: 16 months.

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You can find this album on at least three streaming services at the moment in its entirety. But Connect is more a vinyl listen. It has that burnished glow to it and of course with hard bop stamped through it like a stick of rock it belongs more to the 1960s or even the 50s in nature. Just four tracks, but they say a lot, the skill here is how Tolliver's trumpet and the saxophone of Jesse Davis or Binker Golding meld and gain plenty of traction courtesy of the congenial rhythm section. There is clear navigation through all the tunes, it's a beginning, middle and end sort of record and certainly a comforting listen. You won't be grasping to find familiar sounds, they are all here. This record will do much to act as reminder of the often forgotten Tolliver as a formidable player in his own right not just for his achievements running Strata East or distant sideman days. Currently streaming via Bandcamp, YouTube and Spotify.