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Johnny Hunter, A Consequence in Three Parts, Efpi ****

The first thing that struck us on this album of UK drummer Johnny Hunter's compositions is the plangent Tomasz Stanko-like contribution of trumpeter Graham South on the opening 'Emergence'. Mainly comprised of the 'Consequence' suite (again South …

Published: 17 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

The first thing that struck us on this album of UK drummer Johnny Hunter's compositions is the plangent Tomasz Stanko-like contribution of trumpeter Graham South on the opening 'Emergence'. Mainly comprised of the 'Consequence' suite (again South recalls the late great Polish trumpeter on the more cheerful first piece of the suite) there is plenty of feisty interplay between South and tenor saxist Mark Hanslip. We liked the stillness of the opening of the second piece of the suite and you get an idea of the open percussiveness that is at the heart of Hunter's approach when he can be a little Tony Oxley-like even. Bassist Seth Bennett is a fairly stately presence at times and does a lot to ground the obliqueness of the harmonies. While certainly free-ish in places there is a solid structure and dynamic sense of adventure in Hunter's pieces that suggest firm discipline and layers of development in both the writing and the band's interconnectedness. Highlights of this Manchester studio album recorded four years ago include the Warne Marsh-like solo Hanslip delivers on the third of the 'Consequence' pieces. Worth discovering.

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Gig selections this week

Christian McBride's New Jawn Ronnie Scott's, London Tonight & tomorrow Corto-Alto Band on the Wall, Manchester Tonight Matt Ridley's The Antidote The Yard, Manchester Tonight Dave Newton trio Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow Cameron Saint and Tom …

Published: 16 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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Christian McBride's New Jawn Ronnie Scott's, London Tonight & tomorrow

Corto-Alto Band on the Wall, Manchester Tonight

Matt Ridley's The Antidote The Yard, Manchester Tonight

Dave Newton trio Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow

Cameron Saint and Tom Remon Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow

Lorne Lofsky/Nigel Price Quartet St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall Tomorrow

Henry Spencer 606, London Wednesday

Emilie Conway Arthur's, Dublin Wednesday

Pete Johnstone's International Organ Quartet Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

Byron Wallen 4 Corners Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester Thursday

Benn Clatworthy Quintet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Extended Family Band Hexagon theatre, Birmingham Thursday

Rachael Cohen Quartet Crucible Playhouse, Sheffield Friday

Gaz Hughes' Beboptical Illusion Scott's, Belfast Friday

Ronnie Scott's All Stars Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon Friday

Pete Johnstone's International Organ Quartet Queen's Hall, Edinburgh Friday

Blue Lab Beats The Glasshouse, Gateshead Friday

Jim Ridl Leeds Conservatoire, Leeds Friday

Jackson Mathod Square Chapel, Halifax Friday

Lorne Lofsky and Nigel Price 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Soul Immigrants The Verdict, Brighton Saturday

Get the Blessing Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool Saturday

Omar Lounge Jazz Bar, Southend Saturday

Matt Ridley's The Antidote play Manchester tonight. Photo: press