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10 gigs coming up very soon that caught our eye. A-Trane, Berlin Oded Tzur 16 February ECM signing. Here be Dragons is new. Birdland, New York Catherine Russell and her septet 13 Feb Trad-jazz, intimations of gospel, and more. Blue Note, Tokyo Kassa …

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 3 months.

10 gigs coming up very soon that caught our eye.

A-Trane, Berlin Oded Tzur 16 February

ECM signing. Here be Dragons is new.

Birdland, New York Catherine Russell and her septet 13 Feb

Trad-jazz, intimations of gospel, and more.

Blue Note, Tokyo Kassa Overall 17-18 Feb

Must hear zany rapper-drummer.

Jamboree, Barcelona Jim Snidero 21-22 Feb

Off the scale modern-mainstream alto saxophone flavours that explore a tradition in transition.

Ronnie Scott's, London Judi Jackson 13 Feb

Soulful jazz diva who has rocketed to wider recognition remarkably quickly.

Stadtgarten, Cologne Moses Boyd 27 Feb

One half of Binker and Moses, here going all clubby.

Sunside, Paris Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Baptiste Trotignon, Darryl Hall 14 Feb

Italian master Rava in an all-star band.

Unterfahrt, Munich Quiana Lynell 26 Feb

Jazz-vocals with a twist of soul. Definitely the real deal.

Vortex, London Craig Taborn 28 Feb

Solo piano from an avant master.

Whiskey Jar, Manchester Henrik Jensen's Followed by 13 24 Feb

Bassist Henrik Jensen's much talked about band bubbling up from the underground.

Moses Boyd, top

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Misch and Dayes to release What Kinda Music on Blue Note

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have a hit album on their hands, What Kinda Music making it to number four in the main UK albums charts just released. As we reported back in February the title track was a bit of a banger released as lead-off track, not …

Published: 12 Feb 2020. Updated: 32 days.

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Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have a hit album on their hands, What Kinda Music making it to number four in the main UK albums charts just released. As we reported back in February the title track was a bit of a banger released as lead-off track, not really a jazz thing to say (and but is it jazz? I hear you mutter). Ah. Actually, the question however puckishly posed is redundant in this context if you want to be serious except for the Blue Note link, the historic label is putting What Kinda Music out. But of course relatable to open minded jazz listeners given the world the music swims in although it largely bypasses into a commercial sound. Tom Misch is an everyman kind of artist and not genre-bound by any means so far in his meteoric rise.

Basically it is that old fashioned thing a song and ingeniously constructed. The main thing above all is how does it move you and does it make for a listening experience? (Answers in order, no not instantly and yes it certainly appeals.)

Taken from the album "What Kinda Music" which was released on Blue Note on 24 April the strings are beautifully arranged and the gentle vocal appealing, Misch is charting new territory and while Jamie Cullum mined jazz crooners for inspiration Misch takes another direction and is more a product of ''soft singing'' nothing like Chet Baker but certainly not the same as Harry Connick or anyone like that.

Misch is also the very antithesis of the kind of belt it out bravado of a Lewis Capaldi. Dipping into nu jazz as it used to be called a little he finds a way of drawing on electronica, pop, a whole of mix of musics including the openness of jazz and more while Yussef Dayes exorcises his inner Phil Collins (around the 35 second mark, yep incongrously made me think god it is dredging 'In the Air Tonight' [cf.1:57 or 2:33] territory with that bit of beef) instead takes what drummers such as Richard Spaven have been pushing to do for years into a new sphere marked by his individual beat-breaking splicing of club and jazz culture that has most appeal to millennials particularly who have grown up on club music and do not get fixated on genre because their tastes are spread all over.