Daily jazz blog, Marlbank

In the US jazz clubs this week

Monty Alexander Birdland, New York Tuesday 28 May, Wednesday 29 May, Thursday 30 May, Friday 31 May, Saturday 1 June The much-loved jazz pianist who is 80 on D-Day - a pivotal day in 20th-century world history when the Allies launched Operation …

Published: 27 May 2024. Updated: 52 days.

  • Monty Alexander Birdland, New York Tuesday 28 May, Wednesday 29 May, Thursday 30 May, Friday 31 May, Saturday 1 June

The much-loved jazz pianist who is 80 on D-Day - a pivotal day in 20th-century world history when the Allies launched Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare, to take on the Nazis - is also the name of the excellent Monty Alexander album D-Day, the Jamaican-American's best album since Rocksteady 20 years ago.

Brad Mehldau here at the greatest jazz club of them all, and where he recorded The Art of the Trio Vol 2 in the late-1990s.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights the pianist is with Glasperian bassist Vicente Archer and the ex-Vijay Iyer drummer Marcus Gilmore great on Refract last year; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Mehldau is with bassist Felix Moseholm and the Wyntonian drummer, swingmatism personified in Joe Farnsworth.

The iconic jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant plays Seattle with pianist Sullivan Fortner, double bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Aaron Kimmel.

The great Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley drummer Louis Hayes whose Roses Poses proved a late period delight.

Saxophonist Walter Beasley's new album is Live and Blessed.

The trumpeter launches his new Posi-Tone Records album Measured Response with his band of tenorist Willie Morris, pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, bassist Noah Garabedian and drummer Sarah Gooch.

GIGS OF THE WEEK

Lead-off 'From This Moment On' from the seriously swinging upcoming album with Peter Bernstein Wild Is Love out at the end of June is - just listen - obviously terrific. ''The new Stacey Kent'' - we call the singer, Naama (Gheber) blew us away on her debut Dearly Beloved in 2020, and proved an accomplished voice already hugely comfortable at the heart of the matter on some classic standards that showed both her maturity as a vocal interpreter and her taste. The title track of 'Dearly Beloved' is closest to the Kent approach, other tracks on that album which featured the great Steve Nelson on vibes showed that aplomb and sassiness that Cécile McLorin Salvant in a different way brings to Broadway material.

The longtime Stateside Swedish bassist's tentet includes acclaimed avant pianist Kris Davis and the fiery saxophonist Chris Cheek. Berklee professor Råberg's tentet release Evolver is new.

Naama - pictured in a publicity photo - plays San Francisco on Thursday and Friday nights

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Stephen Grew, Now We Are Here, Discus Music ***

Experienced English free improviser Stephen Grew, known for collaborations with avant-garde figures like Evan Parker and Trevor Watts, presents a solid solo recording of 6 piano improvisations. Recorded in a Lancaster church, the pieces include …

Published: 26 May 2024. Updated: 55 days.

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Experienced English free improviser Stephen Grew, known for collaborations with avant-garde figures like Evan Parker and Trevor Watts, presents a solid solo recording of 6 piano improvisations. Recorded in a Lancaster church, the pieces include 'Now We Are Here,' 'Raw Energy, High Charge,' and 'Passion in the Keys - the miracle of mechanical ingenuity.'

Enthusiasts of Matthew Shipp, the late Keith Tippett, or the freer side of Robert Mitchell and Pat Thomas will appreciate Grew's work most. Indeed Grew has previously collaborated with Thomas on Pianoforte, a 2004 Sheffield live recording issued by Slam. Stephen Grew, photo: press