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Corto.Alto, Amadou & Mariam and the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra - in the Eden mix

''The summer is here at last, the sky is overcast, and no one brings a rose for Emily'' The evocative lyrics of Rod Argent of The Zombies who appear at Eden in Scotland next weekend. And there's also a tasty scattering of jazz and relatable …

Published: 8 Jun 2024. Updated: 41 days.

''The summer is here at last, the sky is overcast, and no one brings a rose for Emily''

The evocative lyrics of Rod Argent of The Zombies who appear at Eden in Scotland next weekend.

And there's also a tasty scattering of jazz and relatable beyond genre global music acts at Scotland's Eden Festival which begins on 13 June with the acclaimed Malian duo Amadou and Mariam plus breakout clubby jazz act trombone head Liam Shortall's Corto.Alto and the Fela-loving Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra all scheduled to appear.

Held in Raehills Meadows near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, over 250 acts performing across 10 stages are expected. Dance act Leftfield, drum 'n' bass pioneer LTJ Bukem and wildly popular jazz loving DJ Mr Scruff are also set to appear at the festival that runs on until the 16th. Click for the website

Liam Shortall of Corto.Alto, above.

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Track of the week: Adam Alphabet by Neil Cowley Trio

Drawn from the Ethan Johns produced Entity out on Hide Inside Records this autumn the Neil Cowley Trio are back with a vengeance on ‘Adam Alphabet’ - the long 7-year hiatus of the hit jazz and beyond piano trio now firmly behind the three. Pianist …

Published: 7 Jun 2024. Updated: 42 days.

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Drawn from the Ethan Johns produced Entity out on Hide Inside Records this autumn the Neil Cowley Trio are back with a vengeance on ‘Adam Alphabet’ - the long 7-year hiatus of the hit jazz and beyond piano trio now firmly behind the three. Pianist Neil Cowley with bassist Rex Horan and drummer Evan Jenkins older and wiser perhaps and sounding as convincing as ever - the song title apparently had a working title of ‘Lipschitz’ - a random word that came to mind and oddly Evan and Rex had a friend with that surname but no one could really grasp it properly so his nickname became ‘Adam Alphabet,’ the name that Neil chose for the track above as a tribute to him. Beyond nomenclature it's archetypal NCT, a mutha of a pounding beat, feverish piano riffery and a sense that it is jazz for people who do not use the word just as much as for people who do but don't get hung up on genre as much as some in the anti camp would like to think. It's good to have them back.