Just the ticket for the week ahead

Ishmael Ensemble Audio Glasgow Monday Myele Manzana The Yard Manchester Monday GoGoPenguin The Marble Factory Bristol Tuesday Miguel Gorodi Quintet East Side Jazz Club London Tuesday Matthew Halsall YES Manchester Wednesday Tim Whitehead The White …

Published: 6 Nov 2022. Updated: 30 days.

Ishmael Ensemble Audio Glasgow Monday

Myele Manzana The Yard Manchester Monday

GoGoPenguin The Marble Factory Bristol Tuesday

Miguel Gorodi Quintet East Side Jazz Club London Tuesday

Matthew Halsall YES Manchester Wednesday

Tim Whitehead The White House Oxford Thursday

Joy Ellis trio Capstone Theatre Liverpool Thursday

Peaceful Place released this year does what it says on the tin you might think on the opening track from pianist Joy Ellis, a dreamy, expansive, soundworld opening up. That feeling of decompression continues on the next track as drummer Adam Osmianski adds subtle shade and Ellis continues in a quiet reflective vein. The pianist leader goes for a strong melodic theme on 'Eat, Sleep, Repeat' and you feel the different strands of the album starting to come together on this track, the deft bass of Henrik Jensen starting to be more obvious and later he begins 'Silver Linings' for a different point of entry. Gentle and thoughtful - an album to chill out to rather than dance the fandango to.

Joy Ellis photo: top - press

Tony Kofi and NYJO Dora Stoutzker Hall - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff Friday

Charlotte Glasson 1000 Trades Birmingham Friday

Steve Davis trio Scott's Belfast Friday

Rick Simpson quartet The Verdict Brighton Friday

JTQ Arts Centre Colchester Saturday

Jan Garbarek Group Royal Festival Hall London Sunday

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Pat Thomas, Pat Thomas Plays The Duke, New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings ***1/2

As radical an interpretation of Duke Ellington's work as you will search long and hard to find anywhere - Black Top's Pat Thomas here live at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle upon Tyne last year in staggering form. Sounding Matthew Shipp-like on …

Published: 6 Nov 2022. Updated: 29 days.

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As radical an interpretation of Duke Ellington's work as you will search long and hard to find anywhere - Black Top's Pat Thomas here live at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle upon Tyne last year in staggering form. Sounding Matthew Shipp-like on 'Creole Love Call' the Oxford pianist takes a lot of risks with the material in the sense that he is not afraid to deconstruct and recompose such canonical work using the classic tunes as inspiration and the method of free improvisation as a tool beyond his arrangements. Only the less than ideal way the piano is recorded combined with the room acoustics muddy the sound a bit too much. Not an overly reverential approach at all but far more valid than some timid geezer at the Joanna with a bow tie terrified that a note is out of place tumbling in all soup-down-his-tie. 'Come Sunday' moves closer to most to the melody but even here Thomas chops and jolts at the familiar strains of the piece and manages to conjure a spell that is unique.

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