Jim Snidero, Far Far Away, Savant ****

One of the most convincing albums in the straightahead idiom to come our way in a long while this swerves away from being complacent or wallowing in what some wistfully refer to as the Golden Age - when modernistic jazz seemed to be finding …

Published: 20 Jan 2023. Updated: 13 days.

One of the most convincing albums in the straightahead idiom to come our way in a long while this swerves away from being complacent or wallowing in what some wistfully refer to as the Golden Age - when modernistic jazz seemed to be finding solutions to the challenges thrown up by bebop in the 40s and modified in the subsequent couple of decades. Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero features Kurt Rosenwinkel, superb last year on Berlin Baritone, in a space that finds the altoist pushing from the centre moving outerwards in ever increasing circles to test just what is possible in the language he has long immersed himself in. Snidero has been making records for decades and his style and method seem to say ''if it ain't broke, don't fix it''. Here with the 64 year old US altoist's acclaimed Deer Head Inn band - ex-The Bad Plus pianist Orrin Evans who also was significant on classic JD Allen album Bloom, bass icon Peter Washington and swinger's swinger drummer Joe Farnsworth - the album includes Snidero originals plus Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers' 'It Might As Well Be Spring' from the film State Fair (1945) and a beautiful version of The Real McCoy classic 'Search For Peace' by McCoy Tyner. You can't fake what Snidero and the band do here. Far Far Away has deep maturity and professorial command of the bebop language and a study of flow in band play written in big letters all over it. Even more importantly it makes you listen harder and hear more. The title track is streaming. The album release date is 3 February

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Track of the week - London Brew, 'Miles Chases New Voodoo In The Church', Concord Jazz ****

So what's London Brew coming out with in late March? Not an IPA more a Concord curated gathering of London jazz scenesters recorded at Church studios in Crouch End back in 2020 including Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Theon Cross, Tom Skinner and …

Published: 19 Jan 2023. Updated: 14 days.

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So what's London Brew coming out with in late March? Not an IPA more a Concord curated gathering of London jazz scenesters recorded at Church studios in Crouch End back in 2020 including Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Theon Cross, Tom Skinner and Dave Okumu putting their own sizzling spin on Bitches Brew.