Gigs coming up - pick of the week

John Pope quintet The Yard, Manchester tonight Barry Green trio feat. Iain Ballamy 606, London tomorrow Huw Warren and Ant Law Flute and Tankard, Cardiff tomorrow James Owston trio The Musician, Leicester Wednesday Joseph Leighton trio Vortex, …

Published: 2 Oct 2023. Updated: 7 months.

John Pope quintet The Yard, Manchester tonight

Barry Green trio feat. Iain Ballamy 606, London tomorrow

Huw Warren and Ant Law Flute and Tankard, Cardiff tomorrow

James Owston trio The Musician, Leicester Wednesday

Joseph Leighton trio Vortex, London Wednesday

Amaro Freitas Ronnie Scott's, London Thursday

Julian Siegel quartet 7 Arts, Leeds Thursday

Sonia Bryce and Jacqui Dankworth Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday

Steve Ajao Eastside, Birmingham Thursday

Guy Barker Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London Thursday

Bryan Corbett Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Thursday

Quentin Collins Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Henry Spencer The White House, Oxford Thursday

Itamar Borochov Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Thursday, Friday

Iain Ballamy 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Steve Taylor Fusion Phew The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Przemysław Strączek Quartet Scott's, Belfast Friday

Karen Sharp/Stuart Henderson/Leon Greening/Raph Mizraki/Simon Price Progress theatre, Reading Friday

Colm O'Hara quintet Arthur's, Dublin Saturday

Chris Ingham's Jazz at the Movies, Venue 16, Ipswich Sunday afternoon

Jacqui Dankworth and Sonia Bryce - photo: press - with the Carducci String Quartet play Leeds on Thursday

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Irreversible Entanglements, Protect Your Light, Impulse! ****

Grounded in a spiritual Coltranian sense in the undertow with spoken word poetry on top, black consciousness, meditational profundity is in significant Afrofurist quantity. Joining the core band of poet Camae Ayewa, bassist Luke Stewart, trumpeter …

Published: 1 Oct 2023. Updated: 7 months.

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Grounded in a spiritual Coltranian sense in the undertow with spoken word poetry on top, black consciousness, meditational profundity is in significant Afrofurist quantity. Joining the core band of poet Camae Ayewa, bassist Luke Stewart, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, saxophonist Keir Neuringer and drummer Tcheser Holmes are pianist Janice A. Lowe, cellist Lester St. Louis and vocalist Sovei. Irreversible Entanglements on this showing seem like an Art Ensemble of Chicago for our times and there is a deep sense of immersion virtually everwhere you listen here whether in sprawling group improvisation play dancing in and out of sonorous, serious, themes or when Ayewa becomes a compelling voice in the wilderness. It all certainly fits with the New Thing Impulse explorations of the 1960s and you get a sense of what goes around… comes around that will delight avant fans particularly. 'Our Land Back' is the pick of the tunes and one that again provides what this remarkable band do so very well: meaningful expression arrived at through group play and poetic intensity. One of the best albums this year.

The band return to play London this autumn appearing at the London Jazz Festival at Earth in Dalston on 15 November.

Irreversible Entanglements, photo: Piper Ferguson