Jeff Parker, Eric Revis, Nasheet Waits, Eastside Romp, Rogue Art ****

The Bandwagon's Nasheet son-of-Freddie Waits superb on 'Drunkard's Lullaby' where the Branford bass matador Eric Revis (Tarbaby) is effortlessly elastic and then Jeff Parker desperate to force out a blistering spurt of energy seizes the day. That …

Published: 1 Oct 2022. Updated: 17 months.

The Bandwagon's Nasheet son-of-Freddie Waits superb on 'Drunkard's Lullaby' where the Branford bass matador Eric Revis (Tarbaby) is effortlessly elastic and then Jeff Parker desperate to force out a blistering spurt of energy seizes the day. That track comes well into the sequence of tunes on this 2016 recording. Earlier Revis produces quite an étude at the beginning of 'Between Nothingness and Infinity' almost Bachian and I'm thinking the way Greg Cohen used to play sometimes with Ornette in terms of atmosphere achieved if not means used and then Parker comes in summoning a sort of an Andalusian mood. 'That Eastside Romp' reveals Waits again key and as regular marlbank readers know everything in jazz comes from the drums. What Waits does here is to chop, chop, chop - dividing up the beat which then Parker and Revis further subdivide. Eventually the whole thing overlaps slicing via three separate rhythmic silos that the different accentuated lines and group interaction smash out off to blend beyond the sweet and sourness of tonalities into the pulsar domain. That's one way to make a piece head bobbing - you know when you see a sea of bods at gigs just out of it gently heading-the-invisible-ball all the time and it doesn't matter how and why they do it because what they are hearing connects and is deeply and mystically meaningful. That happens on this track - a phenomenon even among A listers of the calibre of these three icons - that is as rare as snow in San Anselmo.

Jeff Parker plays Cork in a presentation also featuring Alabaster DePlume on 30 October

Eric Revis, left, Jeff Parker, Nasheet Waits, centre, Parker, Revis Photo: press

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Tomorrow’s Warriors feat. Zara McFarlane, 'I Am Warrior,' The Sound of Tomorrow's Warriors ****

The lead-off lightly reggaefied title track from 28 October limited edition double LP release I Am Warrior on The Sound of Tomorrow's Warriors label is new today in the 1 luv spot. Zara McFarlane scats impressively on the song along with the …

Published: 30 Sep 2022. Updated: 17 months.

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The lead-off lightly reggaefied title track from 28 October limited edition double LP release I Am Warrior on The Sound of Tomorrow's Warriors label is new today in the 1 luv spot. Zara McFarlane scats impressively on the song along with the backing singers as the arc of the piece pivots into the freer domain. 'I Am Warrior' was a highlight just last year performed by Zara at A Great Day in London and introduces the new Tomorrow's Warriors label the successor to the acclaimed 1990s and early 2000s highly collectable Dune Records series.

I Am Warrior comprises live Jazz Cafe recordings made at the Camden Town north London venue between 2019 and 2022 and features specially commissioned pieces. Full album tracks are: Side A The Fighter (Mark Crown); The Warrior Way (Peter Edwards); Exquisite Green Revisited (Binker Golding) Side B I Am Warrior (Zara McFarlane); Sutures (Shirley Tetteh); The Change (Soweto Kinch) Side C Hear Me (Cherise Adams-Burnett); Emem (Peace) (Camilla George); Joyful Sound (Rosie Turton) Side D Warriors Rise As One (composed but not performed by Denys Baptiste); Like You Said (Sheila Maurice-Grey); We Warriors (Mark Kavuma). Bonus tracks for digital download are Hummingbird (composed but not performed by Cassie Kinoshi); Each One Teach One (Benjamin Burrell); Slingshot (Nathaniel Facey); Doan Follow Nah Edyiat (composed but not performed by Femi Koleoso). Zara McFarlane photo: The Sound of Tomorrow's Warriors