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Enormous array of top talent to gather at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Jools Holland, Hamish Stuart, Lakecia Benjamin, Arild Andersen trio feat Tommy Smith and Thomas Strønen, Georgia Cécile, Theon Cross, Zoe Rahman, the Fergus McCreadie trio are among the acts at next week's Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival. Also …

Published: 6 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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Jools Holland, Hamish Stuart, Lakecia Benjamin, Arild Andersen trio feat Tommy Smith and Thomas Strønen, Georgia Cécile, Theon Cross, Zoe Rahman, the Fergus McCreadie trio are among the acts at next week's Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival. Also on are: Rose Room, Corto.Alto, Mario Caribé, Nubiyan Twist, Seonaid Aitken, Phil Bancroft, Tcha Limberger, Martin Kershaw quintet, Kitti, Nathan Somevi trio, Ari Affleck's Stomp Off, Graham Costello's Strata, Brian Kellock and Enrico Tommaso, Colin Steele, Alan Benzie and Helena Kay plus many more. The festival offers a good deal for students who can get £5 tickets on the door for selected shows (bring ID) including for the Graham Costello Strata gig on the 14th, Zoe Rahman on the 16th and Elephant 9 on the 17th - see the festival website for the full list of student deals. Runs from 14 July. Book on 0131 226 0013. Georgia Cécile, above

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Julia Kadel trio, Powerful Vulnerability, MPS ***1/2

There are plenty of syllables in the album title and a hint at contradiction. The massive seriousness and pensive nature of the album isn't a switch-off or paradoxical. Parts of what can be interpreted as an elegiac letting-go especially …

Published: 5 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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There are plenty of syllables in the album title and a hint at contradiction. The massive seriousness and pensive nature of the album isn't a switch-off or paradoxical. Parts of what can be interpreted as an elegiac letting-go especially 'Beautiful Introvert' are incredibly fragile. A switch-on is the playfulness of the title track. This isn't, make no mistake, supposed to be a groove trio. And this factor makes it more time consuming - but ultimately more rewarding - than some releases that certainly are or happen to evolve into sacrificing abstraction at an altar built on riffs and the relentlessness of beat. By 'Peaceful Shift' Athina Kontou's bassistry is more pronounced and when it eases through you realise how shadowy the low end has been all along, a sketch that is now coloured in. Julia Kadel (born Berlin, 1986) is incredibly compelling - stylistically if you like Kris Davis you will feel comfortable in an allied edginess. There - another apparent contradiction, it's catching. Recorded at Berlin's Hansa Studios, drummer Devin Gray is painterly on 'Dependency Part 1,' a roiling, tumbling, sense of momentum allows a freedom to develop in the mood of the piece in dynamic response to Kadel. The pianist's vocals on 'Distant Liebe' are where my interest waned a bit but hardly spoil the considerable levels of intensity and abstraction achieved elsewhere. SG

Julia Kadel, photo: David Dollmann