Gig diary choice for 9-15 January

A selection of jazz gigs beyond London coming up: Magpie trio Stoke by Nayland hotel, Leavenheath Tuesday 10 January Scott Hamilton The Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday 11 Jan Derek Nash quartet The Cryer Arts Centre, Carshalton Wed 11 Jan Dom …

Published: 7 Jan 2023. Updated: 22 days.

A selection of jazz gigs beyond London coming up:

Magpie trio Stoke by Nayland hotel, Leavenheath Tuesday 10 January

Scott Hamilton The Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday 11 Jan

Derek Nash quartet The Cryer Arts Centre, Carshalton Wed 11 Jan

Dom Pipkin Forest Arts Centre, New Milton Thursday 12 Jan

Booth Bain quartet The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thurs 12 Jan

Fergus McCreadie trio Playhouse, Sheffield Friday 13 Jan

Gig of the week: One of the UK scene's hottest properties at the moment last year's Forest Floor was Mercury nominated and won the Scottish album of the year (SAY) award, a rare win for a jazz act. The McCreadie approach harnesses the bustle and tumult of Scottish traditional music and harbours a certain poeticism that was also evident in the earlier Cairn.

Drummer Stephen Henderson came into his own on the latest album's 'Landslide' and you get a sense of the power that is always possible when the trio break free while bassist David Bowden's solo on 'White Water' pushed and probed as an insistent foil to the gifted McCreadie.

Cathy Jordan, Paul Clarvis, Liam Noble RWCMD, Cardiff Fri 13 Jan

The Art Blakey Sextet Project Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast Fri 13 Jan

Aidan Pope octet Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Fri 13 Jan

Luís Vicente, Olie Brice, Mark Sanders The Globe, Newcastle Sunday 15 Jan

Paul Clarvis, Cathy Jordan, Liam Noble play Cardiff on Friday as part of their Freight Train tour. Photo: press

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Michael Feinberg, Blues Variant, Criss Cross ***1/2

Sick of the airy Nordic approach when there is about as much atmosphere as a game of snooker on the moon? Fear not. There is nothing wishy washy about the title track - jousting saxes, ''stuff your minimal no chord change pastoralism'' it is as if …

Published: 6 Jan 2023. Updated: 23 days.

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Sick of the airy Nordic approach when there is about as much atmosphere as a game of snooker on the moon? Fear not. There is nothing wishy washy about the title track - jousting saxes, ''stuff your minimal no chord change pastoralism'' it is as if to say.

When double bassist Michael Feinberg by contrast on 'Saqqara' opens up more airy space there is a sense of drama conveyed via the introduction of flute in the mix and then cross rhythms from Nasheet Waits percolating and simmering. It's quite the intervention. 'High or Booze' has a handsome initial line that is the most convincing lead line of the whole album. The Rhodes electric piano touches from Leo Genovese when they come add new welcome colour.

Blues Variant covers Herbie Hancock's 'Eye of the Hurricane' which is a good choice given that there are few covers around these days. Oh, a cover of the 1965 released Maiden Voyage classic hasn't registered with us much since Boris Kozlov's 2016 version on his swinging guitar flavoured Conversations at the Well. The Feinberg band's treatment is in terms of gutsiness and mobility far preferable to a night on the tundra. And yet it's not at all heritage ''night-in-Tunisia'' terrain either that the band land on while retaining a bebop flavour as roux. Saxist Noah Preminger and the great Dave Liebman bounce off each other enjoyably in the band sound, think the flicker of an animated movie as timbral layers and the tartness and savouriness of sharps and flats make the ensemble lines characterful at pace.

Feinberg draws to mind the example of Michael Janisch who has done so much on the London scene to raise the standards of the often neglected advanced hard and post-bop community to stop that scene becoming its own worst enemy or too disillusioned and worse cut off from a 21st century reality believing its own press in its own muso bubble.

If you are a bass player listen to Feinberg on what is a veritable étude 'Improvisation (for Leslie)' at the end that isn't as indulgent as it could have been and above all shows Feinberg's incredible tonal command and melodic grasp.

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Michael Feinberg photo: publicity shot plays the Vortex with Preminger included in the band, later in the year this spring on 26 May