Huw Warren, Live at Ucheldre Vol 2

This follows on from the first volume, which was a Brazilian themed affair, released earlier in 2020. Recorded live four years ago in Wales, the sound, like the earlier release, is bright and immediate and Huw Warren, one of the UK's best jazz …

Published: 1 Jul 2020. Updated: 33 days.

This follows on from the first volume, which was a Brazilian themed affair, released earlier in 2020.

Recorded live four years ago in Wales, the sound, like the earlier release, is bright and immediate and Huw Warren, one of the UK's best jazz pianists, is completely engaged.

Bookended by 'Darn That Dream' and 'It Never Entered My Mind,' the main feature of the album however is the lengthy version of the beautiful John Dowland inspired 'Teares' that Warren has recorded several times in the past.

An absorbing version of John Taylor's 'Ambleside' has a beautiful skip and joyousness to it and contributes towards make this album a must for piano jazz fans. We take Warren far too much for granted, albums such as this, and the earlier Ucheldre album, are a reminder of the folly of doing just that because they show Warren's great range, instinctiveness, and mastery to full effect.

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Azat Bayazitov, The Doors Are Open

The leader is the least familiar name of all the players here apart from the drummer. But don't let that put you off. Tenorist Azat Bayazitov, a Russian who used to play with the Igor Butman orchestra and is now living in the States, has a …

Published: 30 Jun 2020. Updated: 34 days.

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The leader is the least familiar name of all the players here apart from the drummer. But don't let that put you off. Tenorist Azat Bayazitov, a Russian who used to play with the Igor Butman orchestra and is now living in the States, has a gloriously full sound in the Michael Brecker mould and his compositions have an immediate bustling quality to them.

With Adam Rogers on guitar; David Kikoski on piano or Rhodes; Boris Kozlov on bass; and Samvel Sarkisyan on drums, it's a formidable unit that the tenorist has drawn together for this album. Bayazitov is the sort of player perfect up close and personal in a club that is if we still had some clubs. The title is ironic, don't you think, in present circumstances. A great new discovery.

Out on Rainy Days records.