Jorge Rossy and Jeff Ballard combine with Robert Landfermann for Puerta

Interesting how this colour saturated record unites Jorge Rossy and Jeff Ballard. Why so? Partly because of their Brad Mehldau connections, Rossy (vibes on Puerta) was the drummer in the hugely revered Mehldau trio in the 1990s and early-2000s. …

Published: 1 Oct 2021. Updated: 26 days.

Interesting how this colour saturated record unites Jorge Rossy and Jeff Ballard. Why so? Partly because of their Brad Mehldau connections, Rossy (vibes on Puerta) was the drummer in the hugely revered Mehldau trio in the 1990s and early-2000s. Ballard followed him in the almost as revered and yes probably even more acclaimed trio with Brad and Larry Grenadier. Ballard before Brad was known back in the day for his work with Chick Corea. If you go out to hear new generation players on the UK scene like the brilliant James Maddren, superb with Emma Rawicz last week in the Vortex, you will know that Ballard is influential on some of the finest to follow his lead. Ballard's mastery of the ride cymbal is world class for example in a trio setting certainly for coiled power and his mastery of fills and for sheer stamina in the heat of the improvisation goading piano to do more and more. Vibes trios are relatively rare at least compared to their piano trio cousins so that is also an interesting aspect of this record, Rossy plays like Steve Nelson a little first listens suggest. I can think of no higher praise than to invoke Nelson's name. Robert Landfermann completes the originals-packed Puerta line-up and Marlbank readers will know the fine double bassist from Ascent. The superb 'Post-Catholic Waltz' issued, as is Puerta, by ECM – is streaming

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The Late Late Show to return to Ronnie's for elevenses on Wednesday with Rachael Cohen and Mark Kavuma among the draws

Digging the vintage sound of Dakota Staton and The Late, Late Show (Capitol, 1957) as story soundtrack as news reaches us that next week sees the return live of another round of the Late, Late Show at Ronnie Scott's, the venue has announced with …

Published: 1 Oct 2021. Updated: 26 days.

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Digging the vintage sound of Dakota Staton and The Late, Late Show (Capitol, 1957) as story soundtrack as news reaches us that next week sees the return live of another round of the Late, Late Show at Ronnie Scott's, the venue has announced with Wednesday the first night back since the Pandemic ahead of the club's 62nd birthday later in October begun in what's now Chinatown a year-and-a-half after Staton's bluesy swinger was released. Doors open each evening at 11pm and run until 3am in the wee small hours. Alto sax ace Rachael Cohen opens proceedings on the first night with trumpeter Mark Kavuma also coming up as host.

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Mark was excellent heard last week at his Ninety One Living Room residency on Brick Lane. Expect Yolanda Charles, The Drawtones and Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula Malinga in the house at the Late. It's £12 in. Ronnie’s general manager Fred Nash says: “With the relaunch we want to welcome everyone in. We’ve kept the ticket prices low, with a list of house cocktails, beer and wine under a tenner – rivalling most bars in town. Really, we just want people to celebrate being able to revel in some amazing music, in good company at one of the best spots in town.”