Daniel García trio, Vía de la Plata, ACT *****

Another significant addition to our albums of the year tally Vía de la Plata is so poised and beyond sheer virtuosity the spell is uncanny. Rippling with starpower guests in Ibrahim Maalouf, Gerardo Núñez and Anat Cohen the Madrid based Salamanca …

Published: 14 Oct 2021. Updated: 13 days.

Another significant addition to our albums of the year tally Vía de la Plata is so poised and beyond sheer virtuosity the spell is uncanny. Rippling with starpower guests in Ibrahim Maalouf, Gerardo Núñez and Anat Cohen the Madrid based Salamanca born Spaniard pianist García, who was taught at Berklee in Boston by Danilo Pérez, uses Salamanca's Vía de la Plata (''the silver way'') as inspiration. Maalouf is superb in all mournfulness for instance on 'The Silk Road'. Elizarde's opening riff on 'Spring of Life' is also a pleasure. García is a very positive player and there is a flowing involving trajectory to all the pieces.

Bassist Reinier Elizarde “El Negrón,” top left (photo: Uli Fild), pianist Daniel García, drummer Michael Olivera

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Corto.Alto continuing to set the Scottish scene pace have released 'Brotherhood'

From November Worm Discs EP release Not For Now Corto.Alto are continuing to set the hip-hop/bebop pace on the Scottish scene reaching out beyond and now here with 'Brotherhood' that features the spoken word contribution of Franz Von who MCs K.O.G …

Published: 14 Oct 2021. Updated: 13 days.

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From November Worm Discs EP release Not For Now Corto.Alto are continuing to set the hip-hop/bebop pace on the Scottish scene reaching out beyond and now here with 'Brotherhood' that features the spoken word contribution of Franz Von who MCs K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade. 'Brotherhood' is one of five tracks, another of which features dazzling hard bop and jazz-rock trumpeter James Copus. The band's leader trombonist Liam Shortall notes on Bandcamp: “I called this E.P Not for Now in reply to 'Is That It?' the last track from Live at 435 featuring a hero of mine Soweto Kinch.” Dates coming up include the Great Western festival in Glasgow on 13 November.