French label Tetrakord to release the Tom Ollendorff-Fabrice Tarel Quartet album London Vibes: Suite For Freedom

It's a 29 March release for London Vibes: Suite For Freedom, the work of Ealing guitarist Tom Ollendorff and French pianist Fabrice Tarel - double bassist Christophe Lincontang and drummer Marc Michel completing the personnel. Ollendorff, last …

Published: 22 Feb 2024. Updated: 59 days.

It's a 29 March release for London Vibes: Suite For Freedom, the work of Ealing guitarist Tom Ollendorff and French pianist Fabrice Tarel - double bassist Christophe Lincontang and drummer Marc Michel completing the personnel.

Ollendorff, last heard live by marlbank at the Hawk's Well, Sligo town in May and interviewed prior to that gig, is touring la belle France in April. Michel, on Ollendorff's 5-star 2023 album Open House - ''très bien ensemble'' - released last year, was a matador presence who reminded us when heard at the Vortex in 2021 stylistically of Tingvall trio drummer Jürgen Spiegel.

Tarel, who composed the engrossing suite, is an alumnus of the Leeds College of Music where he studied with free-jazz Moog-and-beyond innovator Matthew Bourne. Tarel albums include 2021 Tetrakord trio affair, Flower in the Desert.

l-r: Tom Ollendorff, Fabrice Tarel. Photo: press

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Ethan Iverson, Orchestra Baobab and the Georgia Cécile Quintet are among the top acts for the Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland this spring

County Wicklow's Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland hosts an exceptionally strong springtime national and international line-up this year. Top acts to appear include Ethan Iverson, Orchestra Baobab and the Georgia Cécile Quintet. Glasgow singer Georgia …

Published: 21 Feb 2024. Updated: 18 days.

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County Wicklow's Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland hosts an exceptionally strong springtime national and international line-up this year. Top acts to appear include Ethan Iverson, Orchestra Baobab and the Georgia Cécile Quintet.

Glasgow singer Georgia wowed with 'Harpoon' particularly from the splendid Only the Lover Sings in 2021. US player Iverson - read an interview here with the pianist circa earlier album Common Practice - released his latest album for Blue Note earlier this winter. Entitled Technically Acceptable the release included Iverson originals 'Victory is Assured (Alla Breve)' and 'It's Fine to Decline' plus a version of 'Round Midnight' with, uniquely, the melody played on a theremin.

If unfamiliar with the Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab, above, we suggest that you read former BBC Arena producer Jenny Cathcart's excellent book Notes From Africa: A Musical Journey with Youssou N’Dour published in 2019 for a wider pan-African context first ahead of the gig. It will certainly whet your appetite if thinking of attending Bray this year intent on hearing some of Dakar's finest live.

Other acts among the line-up we recommend are the Zoe Rahman Quintet - we reckoned that pianist-composer Zoe's album Colour of Sound was the best UK and Ireland release of 2023. Zoe, who hails from Chichester in Sussex, was strongly influenced early in her career by Joanne Brackeen and appears in a double bill with the Irish based Meilana Gillard Quartet. Saxist Meliana was impressive on RGB Trio last year that we thought displayed some of the tenorist's best work on record in a decade.

Also for Bray is US trumpet icon Dave Douglas in our A-list 10 track Spotify playlist acing 'A Train' currently with James Brandon Lewis. Dave is appearing with English saxophonist Trish Clowes whose latest album, a duo affair Journey to Where, is out in March via Birmingham label Stoney Lane. Douglas recorded one of his best albums actually in Bray at the festival in 2007. That was called Moonshine.

Dates are 3-5 May. Check out what's going down on the fringe too. Festival venues include the Town Hall, Mermaid Arts Centre, Whale Theatre in Greystones and Harbour Bar. Full line-up details. Ethan Iverson, photo: Keith Major. Orchestra Baobab, photo: Jonas Karlsson

ALSO ON IN MAY

  • Over in the south-west of England the annual Cheltenham Jazz Festival also takes place over the early May bank holiday weekend there. Dates are 1-6 May. Info. Headliners this year include Dionne Warwick, Courtney Pine, Gregory Porter, who plays Cork in the week leading up to Samhain, Clare Teal and Katharine Timoney, the Berts scene risen star who also appears at F-Live back in Ireland in the autumn.