Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Where Rivers Meet ***

How curious and ''big band'' even the most avant-garde jazz is recalibrated to on Where Rivers Meet. But that's part of the point. Whether it's Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton or Albert Ayler and there are new orchestrations of work …

Published: 2 Oct 2021. Updated: 25 days.

How curious and ''big band'' even the most avant-garde jazz is recalibrated to on Where Rivers Meet. But that's part of the point. Whether it's Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton or Albert Ayler and there are new orchestrations of work by all these saxophonic titans of the avant-garde here on this St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh 2021 SNJO recording. Their styles are rendered accessible, dare I say ''middle-of-the-road'', big band? Yes, do dare. Although the album's lack of edge is a flaw given the nature of a lot of the music interpreted after all, if you ever find listening to Anthony Braxton daunting, there is a useful way into his music that among the treatments orchestrator Paul Harrison has carefully channelled as if an exercise in decoding and blended with the SNJO's own signature flavours mapped out from the beat of Calum Gourlay down to the last dot. And this great orchestra, thriving-on-a-Smith, as ever is in a unity like one instrument. An astonishing year for Scottish jazz on numerous recordings. And 'When the Saints' pops up let's mark and celebrate that phenomenon. Stephen Graham

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In brief: Dreamers, Lennart Åberg RIP and a Dave Gisler Trio/Jaimie Branch Belfast show coming up

Dreamers to be released in early-2022: Saxophonist Mark Lockheart's new Dreamers is set for a late-January 2022 release, Lockheart's label Edition has announced. The Loose Tubes icon is collaborating in this new band with keyboardist extraordinaire

Published: 2 Oct 2021. Updated: 25 days.

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Dreamers to be released in early-2022: Saxophonist Mark Lockheart's new Dreamers is set for a late-January 2022 release, Lockheart's label Edition has announced. The Loose Tubes icon is collaborating in this new band with keyboardist extraordinaire Elliot Galvin, former Polar Bear bandmate bassist Tom Herbert and drummer Dave Smith, known for his work with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. The Dreamers band will also be touring to promote the record.

Swedish saxophonist Lennart Åberg has died: The website of Swedish TV (Sveriges Television) reports the death of saxophonist and composer Lennart Åberg who has died aged 79. A distinguished presence on the Swedish avant and progressively-inclined jazz scene for many years Åberg performed with international icons of the music such as George Russell and Don Cherry and in the early-1970s formed universal consciousness world/fusion group Rena Rama together with pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Bengt Berger.

Dave Gisler Trio + guest Jaimie Branch to play their first Belfast show: Swiss electric guitarist Dave Gisler with bassist Raffaele Bossard and drummer Lionel Friedli joined by US trumpeter Jaimie Branch play their first gig together at Belfast's Black Box on 29 October. Ticket link.

Mark Lockheart, top. Photo: Edition