Nicole McCabe, Live at Jamboree, Fresh Sound New Talent ****

Even better than Landscapes, the US alto saxophonist Nicole McCabe has Landscapes bassist Logan Kane with her while pianist Iannis Obiols scurries pleasingly on Thelonious Monk's 'I Mean You' and drummer Ramon Prats join her at the Catalan …

Published: 17 Feb 2024. Updated: 2 months.

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Even better than Landscapes, the US alto saxophonist Nicole McCabe has Landscapes bassist Logan Kane with her while pianist Iannis Obiols scurries pleasingly on Thelonious Monk's 'I Mean You' and drummer Ramon Prats join her at the Catalan capital Barcelona's jazz club Jamboree playing there for the first time and recorded last year. Mostly the tempi are fairly slow so you can hear lots of detail, it gets more heated on the Monk. The audience applause is also enjoyably captured in the sonics enough to make you begin dreaming and imagine being there and isn't annoying. Material here includes that Kane figuring gem from the earlier album on McCabe original 'Finding Beauty in an Unexpected Place' and grows on us even more. The McCabe intro to a fabulous 13-minute version of Benny Golson classic 'Stablemates' that Miles introduced to the canon with the First Great Quintet released in 1956 on Miles (Prestige) and which is massively reharmonised and elaborated upon winningly in the improvisation is top drawer. Tonally that bit more original, timbrally personality laden - how inspiring.

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Top gigs for 19-25 Feb UK and Ireland including a spread of great acts at the Liverpool Jazz Festival and Mark Kavuma touring Ultrasound to Guildford

Soft Machine Band on the Wall, Manchester Mon 19th Feb RBC Big Band Eastside, Birmingham Mon 19th Feb Paul Dunlea jam session Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city Monday 19th Feb Lars Danielsson's Liberetto Watermill, Dorking Tues 20th Feb Hot Flamingo …

Published: 17 Feb 2024. Updated: 2 months.

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Soft Machine Band on the Wall, Manchester Mon 19th Feb

RBC Big Band Eastside, Birmingham Mon 19th Feb

Paul Dunlea jam session Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city Monday 19th Feb

Lars Danielsson's Liberetto Watermill, Dorking Tues 20th Feb

Hot Flamingo feat. Molly Amour The Good Fellowship Inn, Hull Tues 20th Feb

Nikki Yeoh and NYJO present Speechmik X-Ploration Ronnie Scott's, London Tues 20th Feb

Cahill/Costello The Rum Shack, Glasgow Tues 20th Feb

Neil C. Young Trio Matt and Phred's, Manchester Wed 21st Feb

Emily Francis Trio Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Wed 21st Feb

Nic Meier Cu Mumbles, Swansea Wed 21st Feb

John Settle + MG4 The Cask, Scarborough Wed 21st Feb

Tineke Postma Aria Group Vortex, London Thurs 22nd Feb

Mark Kavuma Quintet Cricket Pavilion, Guildford

  • It's the enticing Noah Stoneman on piano with trumpeter Kavuma and Theo Erskine on tenor saxophone, his Ultrasound playing pals - in fact the whole album band is listed by the venue as the line-up for this Guildford gig. Kavuma blew us away a while back down the East End on Brick Lane with Songbird (Mussinghi Brian Edwards) and Deschanel Gordon that time in his band. And most recently hard bopper Kavuma, one of the Late Late Show hosts at Ronnie's, was heard again to effect with the pair prominent in the sound last year. But Erskine is clearly a new face we still haven't caught live going places and worth knowing about because of the record. By the way Deschanel has won new fans who listen primarily to chart music in the band of acclaimed singer Olivia Dean as he has gigged and plays on Dean's highly credible UK top 10 album Messy while Stoneman first made us lit up inside in Dalston playing live with Xhosa Cole paying homage to Unity in March 2020 on that Larry Young-loving night of course on a Hammond organ just before the first Lockdown.

Tommy Smith & Gwilym Simcock, David Helbock's Austrian Syndicate, Attuned Quartet, Yolanda Charles Project pH Instra-mentals, Denys Baptiste's Late Trane and more Liverpool Jazz Festival, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Thurs 22nd-Sun 25th Feb

Hoop Tap Social, Botley, near Oxford Thurs 22nd Feb.

Eric Darius Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Thurs 22nd Feb-Sat 24th Feb

Seonaid Aitken Quintet The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thurs 22nd Feb

Jean Toussaint Quartet Hidden Rooms, Cambridge Thurs 22nd Feb

Moonscape Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thurs 22nd Feb

Strictly Smokin' Big Band featuring Dennis Rollins The Glasshouse, Gateshead Fri 23rd Feb

Becca Wilkins' Reverie Hampstead Jazz Club, London Fri 23rd Feb

Scott Flanigan trio Scott's, Belfast Fri 23rd Feb

Mario Bakuna Quartet The Bear, Luton Sat 24th Feb

Oscar Lyons The Hunter club, Bury St Edmunds Sat 24th Feb

Bex Burch + Rachel Musson The Globe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Sun 25th Feb

Dixie Mix Yalm Food Hall, Norwich Sun 25th Feb

Lee Meehan Organ Trio Arthur's, Dublin Sun 25th Feb in the afternoon. Lee's Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars was among our top rated Irish jazz albums, right up near the top, in 2023.

Denys Baptiste - the last artist ever to record on the Dune label: Identity By Subtraction is highly satisfying - pictured, takes his Coltrane homage The Late Trane, an already sold out show, to the Liverpool Jazz Festival on Sunday 25th Feb. The ex-Bheki Mseleku player is a widely adored tenorist who came on to the scene in the 1990s, not least by bass don-of-dons Gary Crosby. On piano Nikki Yeoh is in Denys' band which is good news given how fine her form was back in the summer at Crazy Coqs - read a review - and also earlier next week Nikki appears on Tuesday night at Ronnie's with NYJO on her Hermeto inspired Speechmik X-Ploration.