Emma Rawicz, Vortex, Dalston

Hugely promising saxophonist and flautist Emma Rawicz​ was a scintillating presence at the Vortex last night. Appearing with a stellar band, the former Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame, guitarist Ant Law, double bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer James …

Published: 23 Sep 2021. Updated: 24 days.

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Hugely promising saxophonist and flautist Emma Rawicz​ was a scintillating presence at the Vortex last night. Appearing with a stellar band, the former Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame, guitarist Ant Law, double bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer James Maddren, Rawicz played mainly tenor saxophone switching for the encore piece 'Mantra' to flute and soprano sax. Hugely difficult music, very complex in its design and very vibrant and energetic in its execution the set began with the saxophonist's composition 'Voodoo' and later several pieces inspired by colours (Rawicz told us that she is a synaesthete) including for the first time 'Veridian' and 'Phlox' run together as one. Rawicz has fantastic tone and flexibility in her sound, compositionally the style is a little like Wayne Shorter​. Conor Chaplin, above left, Emma Rawicz, James Maddren

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Peter Cincotti, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

· Playing Milan later but for Peter Cincotti beginning again last night in London it was the first time anywhere outside the US since the Pandemic and at legendary Soho basement spot the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Dean Street where the singer …

Published: 23 Sep 2021. Updated: 24 days.

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Playing Milan later but for Peter Cincotti beginning again last night in London it was the first time anywhere outside the US since the Pandemic and at legendary Soho basement spot the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Dean Street where the singer and pianist returned to after nearly 20 years and took to the stage for a solo performance. We caught the 11pm set. It's the build-up to 88 Keys and Me. The native New Yorker is at home on stage born to play. Cincotti's song for New York 'Heart of the City' was effective and better still was the beautiful homage to his dear father who passed away when Cincotti started gigging aged 13 and to be unveiled on 88 Keys and Me. 'Sway' from 2003's Peter Cincotti was silky and Cincotti kept Paul Williams classic 'Rainbow Connection' from the same album sensibly to the very last, the ultimate sentimental number which actually worked very well. From his back catalogue the East of Angel Town material functioned best of all with the tender 'Goodbye Philadelphia' boisterously heart on sleeve, 'December Boys' full of cadential delights and 'Witch's Brew' a crowd pleaser. Check the audio for exclusive word directly from Peter of what to expect on 88 Keys and Me.

Peter Cincotti in the Pizza Express Jazz Club photos: marlbank