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Matt Ridley, The Antidote: Live At The London Jazz Festival, Ubuntu ****

The UK jazz scene has no shortage of top jazz bassists. But few are as imaginative as Matt Ridley as he proves here on his brand new live album of his music which includes unreleased material plus live versions from his band the Antidote's 2021 …

Published: 24 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

The UK jazz scene has no shortage of top jazz bassists. But few are as imaginative as Matt Ridley as he proves here on his brand new live album of his music which includes unreleased material plus live versions from his band the Antidote's 2021 studio album. Ridley, who has toured widely with Darius Brubeck in recent years, is with saxist Alex Hitchcock, guitarist Ant Law, pianist Tom Hewson and drummer Marc Michel and the five play complex but melodic and contemporary sounding instrumental music that has an anthemic feel and a punch to it. Hitchcock on 'Zelensky' provides one of the strongest passages of this feisty album which was recorded at Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club, matched by his a cappella solo at the beginning of 'Adagio for the Fallen Stars,' much of it linked together in a suite and in Michel the band has a drummer who provides plenty of heat. Check Ridley's consummate virtuosity particularly at the beginning of 'Stranger Things'. Matt Ridley and the Antidote play the Vortex, London on Monday 30 October

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Emily Saunders Band Tap Social, Botley Thursday

Hamish Stuart Band Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend Thursday

Nigel Price Organ Trio 7 Arts, Leeds Thursday

Reuben James Turner Sims, Southampton Thursday

Dave Jones Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Enemy East Side, Birmingham Thursday

Kurt Elling, Macy Gray, Matthew Halsall, Brandee Younger, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Thursday-Monday

Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

Nigel Price Organ Trio Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Friday

Jo Harrop Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Andy Panayi Jazz at the Hunter, Bury St Edmunds Friday

Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft Quintet Lighthouse, Poole Friday

Umezu Kazutoki Kiki Band Scott's, Belfast Friday

Happenstance 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Claire Martin The Pheasantry, London Friday and Saturday

Incognito Band on the Wall, Manchester Saturday

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