Erskine and Kavuma, Ultrasound, Banger Factory ****

Love this from hard bop trumpeter Mark Kavuma very much in the zone with tenorist Theo Erskine in a retro set that punches above its weight. Pianist of the moment Noah Stoneman is spotted yet again and works very well here in the quintet setting …

Published: 2 Dec 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Love this from hard bop trumpeter Mark Kavuma very much in the zone with tenorist Theo Erskine in a retro set that punches above its weight. Pianist of the moment Noah Stoneman is spotted yet again and works very well here in the quintet setting along with bassist Michael Shrimpling and Empirical drummer Shane Forbes completing the line up. There's a very retro sense here convincingly delivered in the tunes full of riffery and knowing modalities mostly written by members of the band. And if you are into Monk and heritage bebop this is very much for you. So many appealing sax-trumpet heads and plenty of space for improvisation in the soloing fed in hooks us in time and time again. Dates coming up include Crookes Social Club, Sheffield on 19 January; Pizza Express Jazz Club on 17 February; Guildford Pavilion on 22 Feb; The Verdict, Brighton on 23 Feb and Cambridge Modern Jazz Club on 21 March

Tags: reviewsuk/ireland-led, by lead artist(s) in reviews

Muriel Grossmann, Devotion, Third Man ***1/2

I'm still catching up with spritual jazz saxophonist-flautist Muriel Grossmann's back catalogue. But each new dipping into the Ibiza based Paris born Austrian's work makes that journeying more urgent. She reminds me a little of Tori Freestone or …

Published: 2 Dec 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Next post

I'm still catching up with spritual jazz saxophonist-flautist Muriel Grossmann's back catalogue. But each new dipping into the Ibiza based Paris born Austrian's work makes that journeying more urgent. She reminds me a little of Tori Freestone or Nat Birchall in the UK both these players like her clearly devoted to tapping the kind of spiritual journey that John Coltrame, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler established in the 1960s. 'Absolute Truth' to begin has a firm groove that has more of a secular if you like commercial hard bop feel to the kind of material she later plays here. Radomir Milojkovic on guitar, Abel Boquera on Hammond B3 organ and Uros Stamenkovic playing drums join Grossmann on the Buddhism inspired Devotion and an empathetic unit it proves. There's a lot of powerful playing here from Grossmann, the material is strong and the saxist certainly does not lay back and folds in so much beyond the spiritual sphere. The soul jazz touches from Boquera, even if they perhaps dilute the more hardcore spiritual focus of the album a little, add a new interesting layer. SG