Matt Anderson Quartet, Live at Leeds Jazz Festival, Hidden Threads Records ***1/2

What else is coming up on the British scene over the next few months? Well, firstly and worth knowing about at this stage, there's a bluesy hard bop flavoured almost classic Blue Note knowingness to this latest from tenor-soprano saxist Matt …

Published: 10 Jan 2024. Updated: 48 days.

What else is coming up on the British scene over the next few months? Well, firstly and worth knowing about at this stage, there's a bluesy hard bop flavoured almost classic Blue Note knowingness to this latest from tenor-soprano saxist Matt Anderson in a recording from the Heart venue in Leeds made last spring. Mature and spirited, gathered around the core sax lead are pianist Alberto Palau, who contributes one of the tunes 'Northern Journey,' bassist Will Harris and drummer Jay Davis. It's the same line-up as The Town and the City released in 2022 with two of the tunes from that album returning here. Anderson tunes include the West African influenced opener 'The Conversation', 'Green Shoots,' dedicated to Anderson’s young son Robert, and 'Mr. Weird' - a tribute to Wayne Shorter. Out on 1 March

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Track of the week: Gaz Hughes trio, The Message

Lots of touring ahead for the Gaz Hughes trio by the look of it - the retro drummer who plays in the Art Blakey mould has a new album about to released. Entitled Nuclear Bebopalypse this is north of England player Gaz' third trio album and …

Published: 9 Jan 2024. Updated: 49 days.

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Lots of touring ahead for the Gaz Hughes trio by the look of it - the retro drummer who plays in the Art Blakey mould has a new album about to released. Entitled Nuclear Bebopalypse this is north of England player Gaz' third trio album and features 1950s-soaked originals written in the mould of the time with Hughes alongside pianist Andrzej Baranek and bassist Gavin Barras to be released on 2 February. The sprightly opener 'The Message' is our track of the week.

Dates include Tallulah's, New Brighton on 25 Jan; the Railway, Stockport, 28 Jan; Southport Jazz Festival, 3 Feb - with lots more dates listed on Hughes' website