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Joey Alexander, Salt ****

Looking for that bluesy ache? Need to know who-the-hell drummer Tyson Jackson is? Pupping to jump in and decide that Joey Alexander has at last loosened up and that 'Salt' suits him so much better than the formality of his nonetheless ridiculously …

Published: 1 Apr 2021. Updated: 21 days.

Looking for that bluesy ache? Need to know who-the-hell drummer Tyson Jackson is? Pupping to jump in and decide that Joey Alexander has at last loosened up and that 'Salt' suits him so much better than the formality of his nonetheless ridiculously accomplished prodigy years going back? If the answer to these three vital questions is yes then sprinkle the very condiment liberally rollicking around since it began to stick in the synapses once streamed. Verve have somehow got their mojo miraculously back and the Rhodes has done wonders for Alexander. Photo: via the Kurland agency

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Duryea, from Bayou ***

Succinct in length, not much more than a radio song duration, characterised by a brooding austere atmosphere pianist Ayumi Tanaka is dominant as 'Duryea' unfolds. The sound of the brushes of drummer Thomas Strønen (Meadow, Mats Eilertsen Trio) then …

Published: 1 Apr 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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Succinct in length, not much more than a radio song duration, characterised by a brooding austere atmosphere pianist Ayumi Tanaka is dominant as 'Duryea' unfolds. The sound of the brushes of drummer Thomas Strønen (Meadow, Mats Eilertsen Trio) then emerges and there is the beginning of a radical change in the nature of the piece when clarinettist Marthe Lea begins to improvise. When the track eventually gains heat it is far more interesting with Lea carrying the day and given vivid character in her approach in a klezmer-like skirmish (around the 2-minute 40-seconds mark). The piece turns out to even be a joust. Bayou itself is out on 9 April. Ayumi Tanaka, Marthe Lea, Thomas Strønen, top. Photo: ECM