Nicole Glover, Plays, Savant ****

Artemis tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover here on this well paced Jeremy Pelt produced album, US player Glover - who hails from Portland in Oregon and who debuted as a leader in 2015 - along with double bassist Tyrone Allen and drummer Kayvon Gordon …

Published: 6 Apr 2024. Updated: 46 days.

Artemis tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover here on this well paced Jeremy Pelt produced album, US player Glover - who hails from Portland in Oregon and who debuted as a leader in 2015 - along with double bassist Tyrone Allen and drummer Kayvon Gordon who proved noteworthy on Micah Thomas' Reveal last year. Vibes legend Steve Nelson (known for his work with Fathead Newman and Dave Holland - more recently on Louis Hayes' Roses Poses) is a guest and his presence is just one of several plus factors. (The last time we heard Nelson play was at a memorable Oran Etkin gig in 2015). Eight tracks in all: originals of Glover's, a version of Lerner and Lowe 1950s My Fair Lady classic 'I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face,' Kenny Dorham's 'The Fox' and McCoy Tyner's 'Inception' are among the repertoire choices.

The bustling tenor lines on the version of Trompeta Toccata (Blue Note, 1965) tune 'The Fox' - which going back to the source had drums from Tootie Heath (who passed away just this week) - are a highlight, neatly offset against Nelson's pacey comping. Nicole Glover, photo: cover art detail

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Gig selections 8-14 April

Lynne Arriale Trio Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 Apr On pianist-composer Lynne Arriale’s 17th album Being Human issued earlier this year featuring a suite of 10 original compositions that represent the better side …

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On pianist-composer Lynne Arriale’s 17th album Being Human issued earlier this year featuring a suite of 10 original compositions that represent the better side of human life for acts of passion, courage, conviction, love, persistence, heart, etc, dedicated to figures who have inspired Arriale including Greta Thunberg, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and in Nobel Laureate the remarkable Malala Yousafzai - soul. Joined by bassist Alon Near (hear him to best effect on the Jarrettonian 'Heart') and drummer Lukasz Zyta there's a lot of grandeur in the chordal architecture of the pieces led off by the epic 'Courage'. Arriale beyond sheer technique finds the, if you like, spiritual Bill Evans parts of the keyboard few can ever unlock and so you get on 'Love' a luminous dreamworld that recalls just what Evans was able to achieve.

Legendary Loose Tubes and Food saxophonist Ballamy with pianist Rebecca Nash, bassist Nick Pini and drummer Jeremy Stacey. Influenced by George Coleman Iain has been on the ascendant freshly inspired once again since the Shavian What's New recorded near the erstwhile Balloon Man's home turf of Frome in 2019.

Other Doors from Soft Machine last year paid homage to both today's version of the band and looks to the future and also represented a way of marking the abiding influence of both drummer John Marshall who had passed away and in a cameo, bass don Roy Babbington. Title track 'Other Doors' is the sort of flickering spirit conjured that in an ideal world every back room in every decent pub would feel naked without a band playing in its mould once a week or more regularly. Theo Travis on sax was far less prog on this record than usual. 'Crooked Usage' was the jazziest thing here - it's as poignant as a Thelonious Monk ballad and proved as tentative and mind blowing as Monk at his most compelling. John Etheridge on 'Whisper Back' delivers poignancy by the kleenex box load on 'The Stars Apart'. For bass riffery head to 'Now! Is The Tine' but 'Back in Season' sums up the passing of time best of all and the august floating sense of the spheres this lovable record evokes.

Singers Carrie McCullock, David Edgar, Jenny Lingham, Paul Close and Jen Errington backed by pianist Alan Law, bassist Paul Grainger and drummer Rob Walker.

Already something of a veteran on Blue Note with nublues his fourth recording for the venerable label, vibist Joel Ross by dint of this and of course his considerable playing prowess can easily and already be seen as the most significant American vibist of our time in the lineage of greats such as Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Nelson and Gary Burton. This new record has stand-out alto work from Immanuel Wilkins - the line-up also featuring pianist Jeremy Corren, bassist Kanoa Mendenhall, drummer Jeremy Dutton and a guesting Gabrielle Garo on flute. The album opened mournfully with 'Early' and proceeded in solemn fashion leading beautifully into John Coltrane's 'Equinox' which certainly lays down its credentials fast. Most of the tunes are absorbing Ross originals and there's another Coltrane cover in 'Central Park West' and the other cover is Thelonious Monk's 'Evidence'. Ross playing the Vortex is something of a coup for the club hosting the vibist with Corren, Mendenhall and Dutton from the album.

Guitarist Luft is on John Surman's 5-star Words Unspoken issued earlier this year. For Brighton he brings his own current band featuring saxophonist Joe Wright, bass guitarist Tom McCredie and drummer Corrie Dick.

Lynne Arriale Trio, pictured top, returns to play Soho on Monday and Tuesday nights