We'll have to wait another week for the rest of Jouska, new from drummer Dave Storey's trio. If 'Gravel Baron' is anything to go by we are in for a treat.
With James Allsopp on saxophone and Conor Chaplin from Dinosaur on bass Jouska is mostly composed by either Allsopp (as in 'Gravel Baron') or Storey, with 'Chelsea Bridge' by Billy Strayhorn the sole standard.
An attractive, loosely swinging retro sound built from the ground up by Chaplin, Allsopp is usually more of an avant garde player but here on 'Gravel Baron' he is in a Joshua Redman-like mood, while Storey is tidy and convincing as he rustles up a neat groove.
Dave Storey, top. Photo via Bandcamp