INCOMING

INCOMING

Marbin, Fernweh ****

It's not often we review gypsy jazz, the hugely loved swinging style associated with Django Reinhardt, because even though of course we like it and have even attended the spiritual home of the style in London, a nice spot called LeQuecumbar in …

Published: 7 May 2021. Updated: 48 days.

It's not often we review gypsy jazz, the hugely loved swinging style associated with Django Reinhardt, because even though of course we like it and have even attended the spiritual home of the style in London, a nice spot called LeQuecumbar in Battersea, the site doesn't always encounter the kind of trad-jazz as accomplished as the prolific Marbin that is worth detouring to write about much. (Last time we were blown away in the idiom was watching the Tcha Limberger film A Magyar Nóta: Belga Mestere in 2019.) Perusing the Marbin Wikipedia page just now (that's what you call deep research) we read how the band's founders Chicago bound Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin have played with the Methenyians Paul Wertico and Steve Rodby. They also released the very different Shreddin' at Sweetwater earlier this year. So this is a reverie and perhaps a shock to their fans. But why not. Completing the trio on Fernweh is double bassist Jon Nadel: The whole thing just flies. I'm reluctant to pick out top tracks but listen from first to last and press replay and begin again. By 'Dark Eyes,' aka 'les yeux noirs', I'll guarantee that you will be hooked.

The toe tapping 'Minor Swing' is a dream and as ever hearing 'Nuages' you just have to bow down to Django because it is one of the greatest pieces of music to have appeared in the 20th century and still is as inspirational as ever. What a lovely line from Rabin in the Marbin treatment. Two words to finish: a pleasure. SG. Out on 2 July. Link to the Marbin site

Tags:

Van Morrison, Blue Funk ****

''I didn't make the call/'Cos I was in a blue funk/Kind o' went AWOL/I fell into a blue funk/Pulled myself out of the mire/Lift myself a little higher/Get out of this blue funk.'' From the new double album out today and which was recorded at a …

Published: 7 May 2021. Updated: 48 days.

Next post

''I didn't make the call/'Cos I was in a blue funk/Kind o' went AWOL/I fell into a blue funk/Pulled myself out of the mire/Lift myself a little higher/Get out of this blue funk.''

From the new double album out today and which was recorded at a number of locations over an unspecified period in the Musicbox Studios, Cardiff; Culloden Hotel, County Down; Real World Studios, Wiltshire; Subterania, London and the Bath Spa Hotel, Bath, the Lockdown blues are at the heart of Latest Record Project Vol. 1 warts and all. Everything connects in the overlap spanning soul specifically in a Ray Charles sense and jazz flavoured by Richard Dunn on Hammond organ. The big songs that immediately embedded deep within me quickly enough after several listens but pretty much immediately include top of the heap the savage moodswing sentiment of 'Blue Funk' which is spectacular (in case you were wondering not the same tune as the Bags and Brother Ray Soul Brothers (1958) instrumental of the same name). On the number Limerick man Dave Keary goes B. B. King-like at the beginning in a glorious burst and Van really is in the moment. Elsewhere 'Big Lie' has a very good duet with Chris Farlowe. 'A Few Bars Early' has an original angle to it. 'Thank God for the Blues' grooves. The sha-la-la-las on the title track sparkle and newcomer backing singer Kelly Smiley blends really well with Dana Masters. In the rhythm section Teena Lyle on percussion makes a big difference throughout the double album as she did in the band with Van opening PowerHaus in Camden Town back in December. On BMG.

Stephen Graham

Tomorrow night at 8pm UK and Ireland time from the Real World studio where the project was partly recorded Van Morrison and band stream via nugs.net