Michel Reis, For A Better Tomorrow, CAM Jazz ****

An attractive accessible modern mainstream solo piano album from world class Luxembourg player Michel Reis recorded in pristine fashion at Stefano Amerio's Artesuono Studio earlier this year. Reis original 'Coal Harbour' is one of our favourite …

Published: 5 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

An attractive accessible modern mainstream solo piano album from world class Luxembourg player Michel Reis recorded in pristine fashion at Stefano Amerio's Artesuono Studio earlier this year. Reis original 'Coal Harbour' is one of our favourite tracks and here Reis shows his consummate gifts in interpreting strong melody. Reis goes that bit further in terms of grand statement on a track like 'After Winter' but we much prefer it when he manages to winkle out incredible feeling from a few scraps of hooky material - take his version of Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks classic 'Simple Twist of Fate' which is fantastically beautiful. (A touching version of Dylan's 'Chimes of Freedom' is also included.) A late night kind of record, one that has a personal touch. Quietly slipped out at the weekend, what a pleasure from start to finish.

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New Abdullah Ibrahim live album to be issued

Legends of jazz piano come no more esteemed than Abdullah Ibrahim and fans of the great South African will be cheered by news that a recording of his recent Barbican concert made back in the summer is to be issued in early-2024. The album actually …

Published: 5 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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Legends of jazz piano come no more esteemed than Abdullah Ibrahim and fans of the great South African will be cheered by news that a recording of his recent Barbican concert made back in the summer is to be issued in early-2024. The album actually has two performances contained within it according to issuing label London indie Gearbox as 3 is spread across two performances – the first recorded without an audience; the second taken from the evening’s performance with Ibrahim performing with flautist-saxophonist Cleave Guyton and cellist Noah Jackson. Look for the full release on 26 January. A serene version of 'Mindif' has been issued as a single ahead of the full release - the piece is the title track of a 1988 Ibrahim album that was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Chocolat.