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Day & Taxi, Live in Baden, Clean Feed ***

Refreshing first of all to hear such a loose stripped back sound again. Avant delights are always welcome. Readers will be familiar most here with the drummer in the long running Day & Taxi, Gerry Hemingway, the 67-year-old New Haven born …

Published: 2 Feb 2023. Updated: 17 months.

Refreshing first of all to hear such a loose stripped back sound again. Avant delights are always welcome. Readers will be familiar most here with the drummer in the long running Day & Taxi, Gerry Hemingway, the 67-year-old New Haven born player known for his work with above all Anthony Braxton and Marilyn Crispell. Swiss saxist Christoph Gallio and double bassist Silvan Jeger, also from the land of the Toblerone, are less familiar. The method is simple enough, provide acres of space given there isn't a piano or guitar to fatten the harmonic bird in the pot Gallio choosing the unusual C-melody saxophone at times among his arsenal of horns that results in a piquant tonal growl and earthy rumble at times. Tunes are Gallio's who is viscerally scalding and compelling on the quirkily entitled 'Marina and the Lucky Pop Song Transformation'. Steve Beresford in the liner notes muses appreciatively how he recalls the C melody sax from his parents' Frankie Trumbauer 78s. The poetry on 'Dieses Gedicht Erinnert Sich' is a surprise (it's less memorable than it says on the tin - hey ho). Avant certainly but an easy listen full of poise, a certain insouciance and even a meaty groove on 'Tall Guy Blues' at the beginning among the sudden flashes of inspiration. A long version of 'Infinite Sadness' would be great - but a band to go hear live of course some day given the fidelity of performance here that transports you somehow into their very individual world.

Day & Taxi: L-r: Gallio, Jeger, Hemingway. Photo: Cleanfeed/Bandcamp

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Initial sampling from The Power of the Spirit is a strikingly soulful live taste of Isaiah J. Thompson

On the straightahead radar looking ahead our choice today of a track to dive into is by a player who fans of UK pianist Peter Edwards will certainly be at home with - the American pianist and surely a major star in the making Isaiah J. Thompson …

Published: 2 Feb 2023. Updated: 17 months.

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Isaiah_Thompson-Paolo-Soriani_fma On the straightahead radar looking ahead our choice today of a track to dive into is by a player who fans of UK pianist Peter Edwards will certainly be at home with - the American pianist and surely a major star in the making Isaiah J. Thompson whose 'The IT Department' from Blue Engine release The Power of the Spirit is required listening. IT stands for the pianist's initials. The album is out on St Patrick's day. Blue Engine is the label of Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra who will appear in London this summer at the Barbican on 9 July. Nearly 11 minutes long it's a soulful romping tour de force complete with fine tenor work from Julian Lee and springy declarative bass from Philip Norris while the drum lines certainly land the feel of the piece rhythmically in the Jeff Tain Watts domain. The Peter Edwards comparison stands tall both in the way Thompson comps, slams hard when he needs to and solos with originality and a heat to the touch on the original piece written by the Julliard educated Thompson and members of his band. Isaiah J. Thompson, photo: Steinway

  • 'The IT Department' is the marlbank track of the week