Jasper Høiby, Three Elements: Earthness, Edition ****

With exciting new UK pianist Noah Stoneman - marvellous this year on his debut Anyone's Quiet: Let It Rain To You - and lively drummer Luca Caruso on board, bass don Jasper Høiby is back here with his new piano trio 3 Elements. Beginning in a …

Published: 24 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

With exciting new UK pianist Noah Stoneman - marvellous this year on his debut Anyone's Quiet: Let It Rain To You - and lively drummer Luca Caruso on board, bass don Jasper Høiby is back here with his new piano trio 3 Elements. Beginning in a wildly expressive piano-led foray on 'Undaunted' the tunes include Planet B's 'Earthness' from 'What It Means To Be Human'. With Høiby there is always a lot of dynamic power percolating up from the bass and a metrically challenging approach that allows a small group to seem larger than it is. Lots of the tunes are quite brief so go instead for the longer treatments like the ballad 'Never Forgotten,' 'Her Deepness' led off by Caruso and 'Her Love Song' for the fullest expression of what this fine band are all about. Høiby's best album since his Phronesis days? Definitely.

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Claude Deppa, Robert Mitchell and Will Gregory among the line-up for January's Bath Jazz Weekend

Continuing to hold its position as the first UK jazz festival of the year, the Bath Jazz Weekend returns in January and here's how the line-up is looking for the 2024 running held once again at the city's Widcombe Social Club: Friday evening: …

Published: 23 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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Continuing to hold its position as the first UK jazz festival of the year, the Bath Jazz Weekend returns in January and here's how the line-up is looking for the 2024 running held once again at the city's Widcombe Social Club: Friday evening: Screening of Lift To The Scaffold; Alexander Hawkins and Larry Stabbins in duo; Claude Deppa's Middle Eye; Saturday afternoon: François Corneloup/Tony Hymas; Sophia Domancich/Paul Dunmall/Olie Brice/Miles Levin; Saturday evening: Julie Tippetts/Maggie Nichols; Robert Mitchell's True Think; Gas Giants - Will Gregory/Tony Orrell/Ross Hughes; Sunday afternoon: Eschersteps - Eddie Parker/Lee Hyett/Andy Christie/Andy Tween; Mark Lockheart/Huw Warren/Yuri Goloubev; Mali Sheard/Ismael Aasgaard/Kyle Osborne/George Balmont/Luke McCarthy. Runs from 5-7 January - the festival website is accessible here. Claude Deppa, photo: press