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New generation vibes star Jonny Mansfield to release a new live quartet album in April

April release for Quartet! Live at Pizza Express The UK jazz scene isn't short of fine vibists - Orphy Robinson, Anthony Kerr, Jim Hart, Ralph Wyld, Lewis Wright to name but a few - and also among that number of top players is Jonny Mansfield whose

Published: 12 Feb 2024. Updated: 3 months.

April release for Quartet! Live at Pizza Express

The UK jazz scene isn't short of fine vibists - Orphy Robinson, Anthony Kerr, Jim Hart, Ralph Wyld, Lewis Wright to name but a few - and also among that number of top players is Jonny Mansfield whose The Air In Front of You was released last year. Mansfield follows this release with a new live album this spring entitled Quartet! Live at Pizza Express out in April. Mansfield is with pianist Will Barry, bassist Will Sach and Royal Academy of Music student drummer Luke McCarthy on the recording. Mansfield says that the album recorded in January came from the final gig of the first tour as a quartet and the album is a combination of the two sets. The first three tracks 'Flicker,' 'Rival' and '(Organise) The Air in Front of You,' joined by improvisations ''allow for unfiltered interaction that continues into the compositions fuelling a whole new perspective on the material.'' Listen to some of the pre-release tracks, above, on Mansfield's Resonant Postcards Bandcamp page

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Florian Favre, Idantitâ Revisited, Traumton ***

There's quite a chasm between swinging, bebop inspired jazz and a completely different music as here - the loose, take your time spacey sounds grounded in a specific regional music. Swiss pianist Florian Favre and his colleagues provide sensitive, …

Published: 11 Feb 2024. Updated: 4 months.

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There's quite a chasm between swinging, bebop inspired jazz and a completely different music as here - the loose, take your time spacey sounds grounded in a specific regional music. Swiss pianist Florian Favre and his colleagues provide sensitive, chamber music on this live recording taking Favre's earlier solo album Idantitâ released two years ago and making it a group sound by drawing once again on songs from Favre's home region of Fribourg in western Switzerland. It helps for extra personal resonance if you know the original songs. But if you don't it's not too much of a hurdle as Favre provides his own spin on the source work. Recorded at the Théâtre de L'Échandole in Yverdon-les-Bains singer Claire Huguenin plays a prominent, atmospheric, role - and the instrumentation is quite unusual with oud, violin, cello, euphonium and guitar all in the mix, the oud adding an antique Levantine charm on 'Le lutin du chalet des Rêbes' for instance. Some will prefer the original solo release - there's a link to it here but nevertheless this new release out in March gives plenty of new thought-provoking insights to a body of music most of us will be unfamiliar with but will want to know more about given the ingenious explorations delved into here.