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Miguel Zenón, Ariel Bringuez, Demian Cabaud & Jordi Rossy, Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman *** (3 stars)

Two fundamentals about marlbank are representing live performance through witnessing the music, above all going out and hearing jazz as a first port of call, and then equally as importantly capturing honest responses to records for the personal, …

Published: 13 Mar 2021. Updated: 34 days.

Two fundamentals about marlbank are representing live performance through witnessing the music, above all going out and hearing jazz as a first port of call, and then equally as importantly capturing honest responses to records for the personal, private, listening experience that we all adore. Thinking back to the CD era the first recording I ever purchased was The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman and it remains one of my favourite albums of all. I managed to see Ornette a few times live over the years, the first time in Warsaw with Don Cherry in his band, and then a couple of times in London including memorably an appearance by his band Prime Time and latterly during the Meltdown festival that he curated on the South Bank. Miguel Zenón isn't at all an out and out avant player but it doesn't show here and there is great spirit on Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman and perfectly decent sound throughout. A live quartet Ornette-themed affair recorded at the Bird's Eye club in Switzerland, with the Puerto Rican titan are tenor saxophonist Ariel Bringuez, so the lead horns texture is quite different to classic Atlantic Ornette, bassist Demian Cabaud and the Art of the Trio legend drummer Jordi Rossy. Not an edgy record at all, there is just a lot of joy especially when the band picks up the tempo. Good meat and potatoes Ornette and the sort of record that makes you love the music all over again given the chops on display and the sheer looseness of the band do all the persuasion that you need. Stephen Graham

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Rainy Days to release Sing to the World by Benito Gonzalez

Russian label Rainy Days, known for its work with Zhenya Strigalev is to expand upon its Russian artist base with the release in May of the Afro-Latin Sing to the World by Venezuela-born pianist/composer/bandleader Benito Gonzalez known for his …

Published: 13 Mar 2021. Updated: 40 days.

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Russian label Rainy Days, known for its work with Zhenya Strigalev is to expand upon its Russian artist base with the release in May of the Afro-Latin Sing to the World by Venezuela-born pianist/composer/bandleader Benito Gonzalez known for his work with alto icon Kenny Garrett and more recently with Pharoah Sanders. A sprinkling of very big names are on the recording. Double bass icon Christian McBride who goes way back with Gonzalez is on the majority of the tracks and the formidable ex-Branford Marsalis classic quartet drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is also a serious presence. Tain shares the drum duties with Russian drummer and co-producer Sasha Mashin and contributes his composition '412'. The New Orleans icon trumpeter Nicholas Payton plays on four tracks. Recorded in studios in New York and Moscow tracks also include Gonzalez originals and a version of 'Father' by Roy Hargrove. Benito Gonzalez photo via Steinway