J. D. Hive, Isn't Dinner Lovely Tonight, Traumton ***

The former radio.string.quartet.vienna violinist Johannes Dickbauer is the J. D. in the band name. It's not a high street chain but there is sport as well as honey to be found in the music-making. What a player the fiddle player is. More …

Published: 25 Oct 2022. Updated: 42 days.

The former radio.string.quartet.vienna violinist Johannes Dickbauer is the J. D. in the band name. It's not a high street chain but there is sport as well as honey to be found in the music-making. What a player the fiddle player is. More grumblingly the album cover art (zany paint, lots of jumping) and Pollyanna questionmark-less album title are off putting.

The piano trio with him really act like accompanists such is the domination of the leader. But pianist Sebastian Schneider makes his presence felt most on 'Dystonian Distraction' and on 'Lost Caravan'. And it would be interesting if more of a role for him is carved out.

'Vaccine Frenzy' is superb, the rich melody enhanced by the virtuoso sound of the leader. So all in all chamber jazz? Yes. But the sound enters also into jazz-rock on the blistering 'Race Against 1.5.'

Certainly if you are a classical music fan and you come here you will find much that won't scare the horses. But some jazz fans won't be necessarily looking for that same feeling at all.

If Isn't Dinner Lovely Tonight has a fault - as it is so frenetic in places the tunes are not ''dinner-jazz'' at all in a Helen Mayhew sense - it is that an out and out improvisation feel takes too much of a back seat given the discipline and tightly coiled construction of the nevertheless attractive pieces.

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Marius Neset, 'Diamonds,' ACT ****

TRACK OF THE DAY - DIAMONDS With two fifths of the band plucked from the UK jazz scene in bass guitarist Conor Chaplin and Dinosaur keyboardist Elliot Galvin while drummer Anton Eger toured widely with the now disbanded Anglo-Swedish-Danish trio …

Published: 25 Oct 2022. Updated: 43 days.

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TRACK OF THE DAY - DIAMONDS

With two fifths of the band plucked from the UK jazz scene in bass guitarist Conor Chaplin and Dinosaur keyboardist Elliot Galvin while drummer Anton Eger toured widely with the now disbanded Anglo-Swedish-Danish trio Phronesis, Norwegian saxophone star Marius Neset completes his band with a second pianist in the lesser known Magnus Hjorth but who like Eger goes back a long way with Neset and who was on Neset's magnum opus Suite For The Seven Mountains.

'Diamonds' recorded in a Copenhagen studio in June and written by Neset and Eger is a concentrated huddle of a piece texturally with a crowd of resonance and some piercing beautiful soprano lines from Neset who was first introduced to a UK audience by Django Bates.

There is a lot of agility in the piece and an incredible command of the instrument displayed. The keyboards lines are iridescent and highly engaging. 'Diamonds' is one of two tracks to stream ahead of the full album release of Happy on 11 November, the other is the warm meta calypso-esque title track where you can hear a little of the Bates influence on Neset compositionally.