Gigs of 2021: latest update

1 Chris Potter, Crag Taborn, Nasheet Waits, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho 2 Lady Blackbird, 100 Club, Oxford Street 3 Mark Kavuma and the Big Beat + George Kelly, Ninety One Living Room, Brick Lane 4 JT4, Vortex, Dalston 5 Jo Harrop and Alex Webb, …

Published: 13 Oct 2021. Updated: 33 hours.

Looking ahead to Linda Fredriksson album Juniper

Possessing a lot of staying power and a much more rapid grower than the tree-like junipers in Finland that can reach 15 metres and live for hundreds of years (don't say we don't spoil you with botanical insight) in listening terms Juniper numbers …

Published: 13 Oct 2021. Updated: 14 days.

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Possessing a lot of staying power and a much more rapid grower than the tree-like junipers in Finland that can reach 15 metres and live for hundreds of years (don't say we don't spoil you with botanical insight) in listening terms Juniper numbers from saxophonist Linda Fredriksson, two tracks of which are streaming so far, win us over root and branch. One is the preternaturally still elegy 'Neon Light (and the sky was trans)' and even better 'Nana – Tepalle' a beguiling melody introduced by a deep riff that bears, you can't help much as you might fight it, an uncanny (purely coincidental) resemblance to the heart of the main Ron Grainer theme for 1970s/80s TV series Tales of the Unexpected, the sax part of which was played by Duncan Lamont. Juniper is issued by the We Jazz Label on 29 October. Album personnel with Fredriksson, first heard by this blog in the punk-jazz band Mopo at the Irish Time Jazz Connective festival in Dublin, include one of Europe's most creative drummers Olavi Louhivuori who made European jazz history 17 years ago with the Ilmiliekki Quartet on the acclaimed March of the Alpha Males. Fredriksson taps spiritual jazz and a compositional sound that harnesses space and shades of electronica so intuitively in a deep song that has a stirring vibrational sense to it all through. Linda Fredriksson, top. Photo: publicity shot