Tom Lewis Music Week interview

A few of the key passages from Andre Paine of Music Week's interview with Decca's co-MD Tom Lewis shaped around the release of Blue Note Re:imagined: ''I love that straight-ahead jazz is getting this level of broadcast support. The album launch …

Published: 16 Oct 2020. Updated: 39 days.

A few of the key passages from Andre Paine of Music Week's interview with Decca's co-MD Tom Lewis shaped around the release of Blue Note Re:imagined:

''I love that straight-ahead jazz is getting this level of broadcast support. The album launch itself will be backed by a very significant digital and retail spend targeting Blue Note aficionados, fans of all the contributing artists as well as those audiences whose tastes align with the new explosion in jazz listening."

"The overwhelmingly domestic line-up of artists feels like a very important point. Put simply, jazz in the UK is the most exciting in the world. And, certainly, the bands who have emerged from within this scene – or, more accurately, these scenes – have made their presence known around the world. It feels thrilling to see so many British acts carrying the Blue Note logo. I don’t think that has happened since the early ‘90s.'' Full interview

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Peter Bernstein, What Comes Next

Supremely swinging. That's the bouncing 'Simple as That' on What Comes Next by Peter Bernstein. Recorded during Lockdown at New York’s Sear Sound, the guitar star is with Sullivan Fortner on piano, Peter Washington, on double bass, who on this …

Published: 16 Oct 2020. Updated: 39 days.

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Supremely swinging. That's the bouncing 'Simple as That' on What Comes Next by Peter Bernstein.

Recorded during Lockdown at New York’s Sear Sound, the guitar star is with Sullivan Fortner on piano, Peter Washington, on double bass, who on this particular track steers the big beat like the captain of a supertanker taking the magnificent ship into a welcoming harbour. Joe Farnsworth on drums shows his class throughout.

Bernstein is an influence on young players out there such as the Irish talent Joseph Leighton and it's no wonder that his approach has broad appeal given the sheer fluency and flowing skill in his method.

What Comes Next also features a previously unrecorded Sonny Rollins composition, the calypso 'Newark News' so press the Newklear option, too. Feeling good. Out on the Smoke Sessions Records label.