Dominic Miller's All Change streams - Vagabond tour dates include shows at the 6

L-r: Jacob Karlzon, Ziv Ravitz, Dominic Miller, Nicolas Fiszman. His lapping arpeggiating flair - instantly familiar from classic Sting in the textural instrumental undertow of that sound, a seven seas flourish that generates an expansive head …

Published: 15 Mar 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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L-r: Jacob Karlzon, Ziv Ravitz, Dominic Miller, Nicolas Fiszman.

His lapping arpeggiating flair - instantly familiar from classic Sting in the textural instrumental undertow of that sound, a seven seas flourish that generates an expansive head bobbing Mediterranean and flamenco relatable intensity, with his own band and latest recording Dominic Miller (born Buenos Aires, 1960) tune 'All Change' - a miniature that maxes up - has jazz players pianist Jacob Karlzon, bassist Nicolas Fiszman and drummer Ziv Ravitz with him on this Manfred Eicher produced affair. It is the first of 8 tracks of the upcoming Vagabond (ECM) out on 21 April

Going back Miller co-wrote and performed with Sting the 1990s classic Ten Summoner's Tales song 'Shape of My Heart.'

Recorded in the South of France further Vagabond tracks are 'Cruel But Fair,' 'Open Heart,' 'Vaugines,' 'Clandestin,' 'Altea,' 'Mi Viejo' and 'Lone Waltz'. In the band Fiszman returns from Absinthe and joins Miller out on the road with Karlzon and Ravitz to complete the quartet.

The Dominic Miller band above: press shot, Miller, third from left play Samara flautist Steve Rubie's 606 jazz club in Chelsea on 15 and 16 May. Click for tickets

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Standard focus - Walter Bishop Jr quartet playing Willow Weep For Me

This week in Standard Focus spurred on by hearing a track from the upcoming archival Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman produced release that sets the tone winningly for Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore (Cellar Live, a 21 April release) is via thrilling …

Published: 15 Mar 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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This week in Standard Focus spurred on by hearing a track from the upcoming archival Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman produced release that sets the tone winningly for Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore (Cellar Live, a 21 April release) is via thrilling edge of the seat visceral soprano playing from Brother Jack McDuff player Harold Vick the fabric of it all anchored by the superb comping of Walter Bishop Jr (1927-1998) on 'Willow Weep For Me' - the Bish the pianist who was on Miles Davis' Dig (Prestige, 1951 - nb Newk is also on that classic) and Jackie McLean's Capuchin Swing (Blue Note, 1960).

The 11 minute-plus instrumental version acts as a reset and new way into the tune.

Our favourite version of the luminous 1930s Ann Ronell tearjerker remains Dexter Gordon's on Our Man in Paris (Blue Note, 1963) - long tall Dexter playing tenor in that treatment with Bud Powell, Klook - Kenny Clarke, often seen in bebop parlance as the originator of the ''bomb'' and ''klook-a-mop'' sounds that are defining elements of bebop - and Pierre Michelot.

The Bishop combination's treatment came a few years later recording live at The Famous Ballroom in 1967. The Cellar Live release also includes numbers rendered at another Baltimore spot, The Madison Club, from the previous year.

A few years earlier Ray Charles had covered the song and even more contemporaneously Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson. On the instrumental side, more a good juxtaposition here, Lucky Thompson released a treatment in 1965 on the Lucky Is Back! (then, so is love) Rivoli release because Vick's sound although far more keening and wild is in keeping with Lucky's extraordinary prowess on the soprano, accompanied on Lucky is Back by Tommy Flanagan (who had earlier made jazz history with Trane on Giant Steps) twinklingly on celeste at the beginning.

Walter Bishop Jr, photo: detail from the Bish at the Bank: Live in Baltimore cover art

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