Enrico Pieranunzi Trio and the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Blues & Bach: The Music of John Lewis, Challenge ***1/2

Not just 'Vendome' but 'Skating in Central Park,' 'Spanish Steps,' 'Django,' 'Concorde,' 'Milano' and 'Jasmine Tree' from the pen of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet with Vernon Duke's 'Autumn in New York' thrown in for good measure here in …

Published: 5 Jan 2023. Updated: 23 days.

Not just 'Vendome' but 'Skating in Central Park,' 'Spanish Steps,' 'Django,' 'Concorde,' 'Milano' and 'Jasmine Tree' from the pen of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet with Vernon Duke's 'Autumn in New York' thrown in for good measure here in this very appealing Enrico Pieranunzi Trio and Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana release - the conductor, Michele Corcella.

Pieranunzi as anyone into jazz piano will know is one of the great world masters and with him here in his trio are bassist Luca Bulgarelli and drummer Mauro Beggio. It's entirely fitting that the best track of all here given the Italian provenance to the recording and flavour of the musicianship is the treatment of 'Milano,' a city that the Modern Jazz Quartet knew and loved well. Ideal chamber jazz sympathetically arranged and interpreted that once again reminds us of just how great a composer John Lewis was and how classics from his songbook are as satisfying and rewarding as anything written today. Out on 20 January - 'Vendome' (above) is streaming ahead of release

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Dublin and Cork dates form part of Jo Lawry's upcoming tour

Appearing with the Pat Metheny and Vijay Iyer bassist Linda May Han Oh and US drummer Allison Miller singer Jo Lawry has tour dates coming up beginning next Friday. The Australian's 'Acrobats' with its serpentine verse line and sense of alert …

Published: 5 Jan 2023. Updated: 24 days.

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Appearing with the Pat Metheny and Vijay Iyer bassist Linda May Han Oh and US drummer Allison Miller singer Jo Lawry has tour dates coming up beginning next Friday.

The Australian's 'Acrobats' with its serpentine verse line and sense of alert poise is in our top progressive sounds for early 2023 playlist - read more here - a track from Lawry's upcoming album of the same name out next month. 'Traveling Light' from the Whirlwind release is also streaming.

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Dates are Soundcellar, Poole (Friday 13 January); Arthur's, Dublin (Saturday 14 Jan); Crane Lane Theatre, Cork (Monday 16 January); Pizza Express Holborn, London (Tuesday 17 Jan); Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham (Wednesday 18 January); The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (Thursday 19 Jan) and The Verdict, Brighton (Saturday 21 Jan). Allison Miller, left-to-right, Jo Lawry, Linda May Han Oh. Photo: Erika Kapin