Years ago at a Catalan showcase in central Barcelona I heard French, Catalonia-based, trumpeter Raynald Colom during a quick presentation of acts before the assembled press took a bus to nearby Terrassa for a club show in the Nova Jazz Cava.
Colom is very well-known there not so much here in the UK and Ireland but signing to Whirlwind for this record probably will help his profile and if he appears here in a club or somewhere again that will do no harm at all either. Thinking back to his homage which landed in the spirit of Freddie Hubbard that different time in Catalonia he stood out all those years ago (I have forgotten most of the others who appeared) and when I heard first pre-release track 'Wholeness' it was great to pick up again on the musical remarks of his spirit that he made long ago.
A live album recorded in Italy 'Wholeness' is based on Scriabin’s colour concept and is inspired by sunrise in the great city of Barcelona. The album includes a beautiful version of enduring Jimmy Rowles classic 'The Peacocks' that goes back to the mid-1970s when it was included on the Stan Getz and Rowles album of the same name issued by Columbia.
I stopped listening to Colom at this point to turn to the wondrous sound of Stan Getz and was blown away by Getz and Rowles.
While I am not completely blown away by A Million Dreams it's more than satisying as Colom progresses refurbishingly into Miles Davis and Benny Golson territory on 'Sketches Set Seven - Stablemates' when pianist Tony Tixier is a spiky foil (the album has Joe Sanders on double bass and Francesco Ciniglio on drums).
'September in the Rain' at the end is an easy-going treat summoning in my mind memories of 2013's early evening solo piano Pizza Express Jazz Club gigs The Shearing Hour performed by John Turville. With Colom here Sanders has a big part to play ''strolling along'' with his walking bass lines. Verdict? A more than decent live album that stirs memories and desires. SG
Raynald Colom, above, photo: Agustina Arán
Out on 20 May