Esther Weekes, Triana Blues ****

Track of the day - an intoxicating blend of lit up flamenco and driving bluesy flavours here from London born Seville based singer Esther Weekes (Jazzolea, Crossroads Flamenco Blues) on a glimpse of the tangos de triana-inspired 'Triana Blues' sung …

Published: 13 Dec 2022. Updated: 41 days.

Track of the day - an intoxicating blend of lit up flamenco and driving bluesy flavours here from London born Seville based singer Esther Weekes (Jazzolea, Crossroads Flamenco Blues) on a glimpse of the tangos de triana-inspired 'Triana Blues' sung in English and Spanish drawn from Lucky Eye to be released in 2023. Esther has co-written songs on the album with the flamenco guitarist Tino van der Sman. Byron Wallen features on trumpet.

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Ricardo Toscano trio, Chasing Contradictions, Cleanfeed ***

Tonally pristine dialled down freebop here from Portuguese altoist Ricardo Toscano in a piano-less trio setting recorded in a Lisbon theatre last year that begins with the title track modernistic but not avant in outlook. Drummer João Pereira …

Published: 13 Dec 2022. Updated: 46 days.

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Tonally pristine dialled down freebop here from Portuguese altoist Ricardo Toscano in a piano-less trio setting recorded in a Lisbon theatre last year that begins with the title track modernistic but not avant in outlook. Drummer João Pereira shadows the leader relentlessly. More an EP than an album 'Orange Blossom' slows things right down and finds Romeu Tristão softly as if purring on double bass. Monk's 'Played Twice' and a fado traditional melody add to the originals. But while the best is yet to come given the obvious potential of all concerned Chasing Contradictions will more than do as a decent introduction to all of the above still needed even after an earlier quartet statement in 2018.