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All Green: Julian Lage, Boo's Blues ****

Saturday morning listen: Today drawn from Squint (Blue Note, 11 June) it's a Julian Lage title, 'Boo's Blues', the US guitarist with the Peruvian double bassist Jorge Roeder and US drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus. You can also hear 'Saint Rose' …

Published: 8 May 2021. Updated: 46 days.

Saturday morning listen: Today drawn from Squint (Blue Note, 11 June) it's a Julian Lage title, 'Boo's Blues', the US guitarist with the Peruvian double bassist Jorge Roeder and US drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus. You can also hear 'Saint Rose' streaming ahead of release. Recorded in a Nashville studio last summer 'Boo's Blues' is California dreaming and a ship in a bottle that you just want to examine every little piece of squeezed in however impossibly. And like a sofa that's seen better days that you just love every spring of even when it's not built for comfort you certainly don't want to part with it at all.

A piece that's like part of the furniture after even a play or two: further listening leads organically to Grant Green in the mind's eye in trio formation on one of the greatest set of changes imaginable for an improviser in this style and sensibility domain, Jerome Kern's 'All the Things You Are'. Gauging the Lage he stands on the shoulders of a Blue Note giant and icon of the music such as Green and is now on the greatest label in jazz as a leader, an achievement in its own right, Green's own in his heyday, carrying the fire fearlessly to a new generation as Green continues to provide joy through the immortality of his own records that still inspire us everywhere in the embers sparking our imaginations.

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New dawn for Oxford jazz as the Spin moves from the Wheatsheaf to the Old Fire Station

The Oxford Mail report that the Spin jazz club at the Wheatsheaf is to move to The Old Fire Station on George Street. With any luck the new venue will continue the Spin's long held and deserved reputation for excellence. Opening the new space will …

Published: 8 May 2021. Updated: 47 days.

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The Oxford Mail report that the Spin jazz club at the Wheatsheaf is to move to The Old Fire Station on George Street. With any luck the new venue will continue the Spin's long held and deserved reputation for excellence. Opening the new space will be the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project on 13 May, this coming Thursday night at 8.30pm streaming and introduced by the legendary Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge. The band are Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier, Raph Mizraki, Paul Cavaciuti and Keith Fairbairn. I've only visited the club a few times the first to hear a Coltranian evening by tenorist Gilad Atzmon: reviewed here and most recently dropping in on a sound check for Steve Waterman. The place was packed that first night for Gilad and it proved a fine venue for jazz. Onwards and upwards.

Photo, top: a still from a YouTube Oxley-Meier promo video. Link to more details of Thursday's stream