Mike Soper, Starlings ****

Track of the day: 'Starlings' is drawn from the Laura Jurd produced sooper dooper Mike Soper quartet studio album Undoing out next month that marks the incredible debut of the trumpeter. For his appealingly edgy sound think Peter Evans of Mostly …

Published: 16 Jun 2022. Updated: 19 days.

Track of the day: 'Starlings' is drawn from the Laura Jurd produced sooper dooper Mike Soper quartet studio album Undoing out next month that marks the incredible debut of the trumpeter. For his appealingly edgy sound think Peter Evans of Mostly Other People Do The Killing renown. Bass guitar here is important and the work of old Elliot Galvin Dreamland mucker Tom McCredie found here lolloping around agreeably in the undergrowth with Galvin head bobbingly as zany as Django in the erstwhile Beckenhamite's considerable Zawinul-esque pomp. Drummer Jay Davis delivers an off-kilter curveball or three behind the beat as part of the polyrhythmical stew while Elliott quaintly decorative at the end has the final epigrammatical, playful, word on synth using an earlier sub-plot of a motif suitably disinterred for our lasting edification.

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Vin extraordinaire all-star affair

Beyond Trio Grande and all-change ahead - Will Vinson has a new record called Tripwire in the pipeline. The alto sax ace is with double bass face Matt Penman, (James Farm) drummer Eric Harland, to us the Elvin Jones of our time, and breakout star …

Published: 16 Jun 2022. Updated: 19 days.

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Beyond Trio Grande and all-change ahead - Will Vinson has a new record called Tripwire in the pipeline. The alto sax ace is with double bass face Matt Penman, (James Farm) drummer Eric Harland, to us the Elvin Jones of our time, and breakout star tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana whose own record 12 Stars is one of 2022's best.

Tracks include Vinson originals the title track, 'Fable' and 'Resting Jazz Face'; standards the Count Basie, Jerry Livingston, and Mack David song 'Blue and Sentimental' first recorded by Helen Humes with Buck Clayton in 1947; the J. Fred Coots/Sam Lewis song 'For All We Know' that first was introduced as a foxtrot in the 1930s by Hal Kemp and His Orchestra; and Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II's 'All The Things You Are' first recorded in 1939 wondrously by Artie Shaw and Helen Forrest. Tripwire is a 16 September release and is to be issued by the Michael Janisch owned indie, Whirlwind. If you're new to Vinson, think the criminally underrated Tom Harrison a bit in terms of a starting point but much beefier sound wise.

'Who Me?' above was on Vinson's 2021 striking saxophone phantasmagoria, Solo

Eric Harland, top left, Will Vinson, Melissa Aldana, Matt Penman. Photo Luke Marantz

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