Gig selection for this week

Unknown to Known The Yard, Manchester Tonight Riot Jazz Brass Band Kings, Dundee Tonight Steve Waterman Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow Andrew McCormack Trio feat. Denys Baptiste Stoller Hall, Manchester Tomorrow Huw V Williams/Mike De …

Published: 30 Oct 2023. Updated: 6 months.

Unknown to Known The Yard, Manchester Tonight

Riot Jazz Brass Band Kings, Dundee Tonight

Steve Waterman Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow

Andrew McCormack Trio feat. Denys Baptiste Stoller Hall, Manchester Tomorrow

Huw V Williams/Mike De Souza/Billy Marrows/Jay Davis Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow

Jeff Lorber trio Pizza Express Live, Holborn Tonight and tomorrow

Matt Anderson Quartet 606, London Wednesday

Ben Shankland trio The Blue Lamp, Abdereen Thursday

Emmet Cohen Ronnie Scott's, London Thursday

Sam Crockatt Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Percy Pursglove, Olie Brice, Will Glaser Eastside, Birmingham Thursday

Jools Holland R&B Orchestra Cliffs Pavilion, Southend Thursday and Friday

Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Friday

Greg Abate Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Emily Saunders Quintet Y Theatre, Leicester Friday

Yetii 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Andreas Guenther Quartet Scott's, Belfast Friday

A Night of the Crusaders Boileroom, Guildford Friday

Loz Speyer's Time Zone The Bear, Luton Saturday

Seonaid Aitken Queen Margaret Hall, Linlithgow Saturday

Norah Jones Glasshouse, Gateshead Saturday

Alina Bzhezhinska and Tony Kofi Vortex, London Saturday

Yuko Yokoi Band Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Saturday

Aadal Seven Arts, Leeds Sunday afternoon

Norah Jones, photo: press, plays Gateshead on Saturday night

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Kevin Sun, The Depths of Memory, Endectomorph ****

The most significant statement yet of just what tenor saxophonist and composer Kevin Sun can do is provided here on a double CD length series of recordings made in various New York studios during 2021 and 2022. Somehow, listening, on 'Interior …

Published: 29 Oct 2023. Updated: 6 months.

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The most significant statement yet of just what tenor saxophonist and composer Kevin Sun can do is provided here on a double CD length series of recordings made in various New York studios during 2021 and 2022. Somehow, listening, on 'Interior Choruses' you land courtesy of pianist Dana Saul in a world Lennie Tristano would have recognised and yet seems relevant today. Saul is magnificent again at the beginning of 'From Some Unseen Center'. While often the tunes work on a skeletal level their core sound is beefed up by trumpeter Adam O’Farrill on a generous selections of tracks (particularly convincing on the first part of the balladic 'Eponymous Cycle') while bass duties are shared by Simón Willson and Walter Stinson and drum parts split between Matt Honor and Dayeon Seok. You feel as if you have been transported to a New York loft sometime in the 1950s or early 60s because the recording has a certain nostalgic glean to it but its modernism keeps it relevant in a jazz world today where there is no obvious right or wrong stylistically. Tunes here are concise and make their point - the album goes freer on the 'Depths' suite - and while not a grandstanding big technique player at all Sun shows his versatility in surprising ways, the quiet timbral ache he conjures on 'Shadow Meridian' for instance hits the spot.

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