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Nir Felder, II

The blues, crunchy jazz-rock and a John Scofield universe of jazz possibilities, are never far away from this new album from Nir Felder, consistently one of the most inspiring of jazz guitarists over the past decade. Opening with 'The Longest Star' …

Published: 13 Jul 2020. Updated: 12 months.

The blues, crunchy jazz-rock and a John Scofield universe of jazz possibilities, are never far away from this new album from Nir Felder, consistently one of the most inspiring of jazz guitarists over the past decade. Opening with 'The Longest Star' there is almost a Metheny-like world of possibilities conjured up but Jimmy MacBride's blistering drum solo at the beginning of 'Interrignum' is more like where the album really locates itself, Felder chipping in with earthy riffing and a rumbling acceleration. He is happy to fold in plenty of other instruments beyond guitar in the album's production layers but nonethless II does not feel overcooked. Essentially it is a trio album, with Felder and MacBride bassist Matt Penman completing the trio plus a few guests dotted about. 'Fire in August' has a garage-rock feel to it and the album on one level has a certain straight forward sense of momentum. But other tracks like 'Coronation' take the pot off the stove and add a certain airiness that works well before the blues coated 'Big Heat' soars in and provides one of the album's best tracks. 'Big Swim' with its futuristic synth beginning is a bit of a surprise and the album is good at coming up with new angles of attack before concluding with the anthemic 'War Theory' which again is a big highlight. Worth getting. Once again Felder proves himself a vital presence on the contemporary jazz scene. Out now on Ropeadope.

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Trumpeter Eddie Gale has died

Eddie Gale, the erstwhile Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor sideman, died on 10 July aged 78 in California. Gale was from Brooklyn and received lessons early on from trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began to sat in at jam sessions in his youth. In the early 1960s …

Published: 13 Jul 2020. Updated: 12 months.

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Eddie Gale, the erstwhile Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor sideman, died on 10 July aged 78 in California. Gale was from Brooklyn and received lessons early on from trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began to sat in at jam sessions in his youth. In the early 1960s he got to know Sun Ra and he toured and recorded with Ra’s Arkestra throughout the 60s and 70s. With Cecil Taylor he appeared on the classic Unit Structures and with Larry Young was on the recording for Of Love and Peace. His own albums included Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music in 1968 and Black Rhythm Happening the following year. Eddie is survived by his wife, Georgette, his children Donna, Marc, Chanel, Gwilu and Teyonda, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.