Leon Bridges' Glasperised jazz direction on the Born again track included on Gold-Diggers Sound is a palpable thrill

With Robert Glasper on keys, and sounding in fine fettle indeed, soul singer Leon Bridges' jazz direction on 'Born again' one significant element on Gold-Diggers Sound (Columbia) is a thrill. Listen closely and there's some fine horn work just …

Published: 23 Jul 2021. Updated: 12 months.

With Robert Glasper on keys, and sounding in fine fettle indeed, soul singer Leon Bridges' jazz direction on 'Born again' one significant element on Gold-Diggers Sound (Columbia) is a thrill. Listen closely and there's some fine horn work just itching to go further beyond the ache and the tearing soulfulness inherent in Brdges' sound cutting the air. Check the very fine horn arrangement passage near the ''But it feels good comin' home'' line around the 2:40 mark especially. Down here in marlbank we adored Bridges' 2019 song 'That Was Yesterday' and now hearing him change his style towards jazz on this track the Bridges story becomes a page-turner once again giving the track's deeply transcendent quality and deep emotion delivered so spectacularly.

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Wayne Shorter tribute album Absence is new next month from Terence Blanchard ft. the E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet

The very powerful track 'Absence' introducing the album of the same name is new from Terence Blanchard. Shaped significantly and conceived overall as a Wayne Shorter tribute Absence finds the great New Orleanian trumpeter composer Blanchard with …

Published: 23 Jul 2021. Updated: 12 months.

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The very powerful track 'Absence' introducing the album of the same name is new from Terence Blanchard. Shaped significantly and conceived overall as a Wayne Shorter tribute Absence finds the great New Orleanian trumpeter composer Blanchard with his band the E-Collective plus the Turtle Island Quartet. To be released by Blue Note on 27 August long-time Blanchard pianist Fabian Almazan makes a striking contribution to the piece early on while Blanchard's soloing later takes on a blistering intensity.

Absence features Shorter, Blanchard and E-collective pieces whose bassist David Ginyard wrote the title track. Shorter tracks included on the album are 'The Elders' (featured on Weather Report's 1978 album Mr Gone); 'Fall' (on Miles Davis 1968 album Nefertiti); 'When It Was Now' (on the 1996 Wayne compilation This is Jazz Vol. 19); 'Diana' (on both Wayne's 1975's Native Dancer and the 1997 duo album with Herbie Hancock, 1+1); & 'More Elders.' Terence Blanchard, top

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