Harish Raghavan, Calls for Action, Whirlwind

Challenging, satisfying jazz that takes no prisoners and makes you think. Harish Raghavan on double bass you may well be familiar with for his work with Ambrose Akinmusire here in more unfamiliar circumstances as leader. Raghavan is with new Blue …

Published: 18 Nov 2019. Updated: 2 years.

Challenging, satisfying jazz that takes no prisoners and makes you think. Harish Raghavan on double bass you may well be familiar with for his work with Ambrose Akinmusire here in more unfamiliar circumstances as leader.

Raghavan is with new Blue Note star Joel Ross on vibes; Kweku Sumbry, drums; Micah Thomas, piano; Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone.

A studio album recorded in New York two years ago: If you are a Chris Potter or Dave Holland fan you will get what Raghavan is doing here straight away, Ross if you like adopting the Steve Nelson-type role.

The tunes have a knotty, immersive feel and there is a strong pulse and sense of narrative throughout. Get this one today.

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2019 Highlight: Maria Chiara Argirò, Hidden Seas, Cavalo

From Italian pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argirò – a world full of a marine inspired folk and jazz impressionism conveyed by acoustic and electronic textures and inspired by Edward MacDowell’s Sea Pieces. Strikingly fresh and appealing the …

Published: 17 Nov 2019. Updated: 20 months.

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From Italian pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argirò – a world full of a marine inspired folk and jazz impressionism conveyed by acoustic and electronic textures and inspired by Edward MacDowell’s Sea Pieces.

Strikingly fresh and appealing the material leaps off the page – French singer Leïla Martial matching the mood with a certain delicacy and clarity.

Also on the album are Sam Rapley on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Tal Janes playing guitar and utilising effects), Andrea Di Biase on double bass and Gaspar Sena on drums.

No better time to paddle a little.

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