Shirley Smart and Robert Mitchell, 'Opals,' Discus ****

'Opals' is the lead-off track from Shirley Smart and Robert Mitchell's Zeitgeist² streaming ahead of the album's 28 January release. Highly melodic and lightly elegiac there is a lot going on over its 6-minute duration with a firm if controlled …

Published: 28 Dec 2021. Updated: 7 months.

'Opals' is the lead-off track from Shirley Smart and Robert Mitchell's Zeitgeist² streaming ahead of the album's 28 January release. Highly melodic and lightly elegiac there is a lot going on over its 6-minute duration with a firm if controlled improvisational feel as well as a rhapsodic sense that spools beyond any narrow genre sense and certainly could appeal to classical listeners as well as jazz appreciators. The overall effect is rather beautiful enhanced by the recording's very warmly recorded sonic vaues especially the way the piano sound is captured. Other album tracks are 'The First Note,' 'Anxieties,' 'Zeitgeist,' 'Klavierstück in A,' 'For Catherine,' 'Inner Sanctum,' 'A Son of Windrush Reflects' and 'Mind's Eye'.

The Zeitgeist² version is a slightly longer and more intense treatment of 'Opals' in a new arrangement of the Smart piece that has appeared on the cellist-composer's 2018 trio album Long Story Short – that version beginning with a percussive flourish, for instance. Hear Smart and Mitchell at the Vortex on 20 January.

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Neighbourhood jazz club East Side rustles up a solid programme beginning in the New Year

Leytonstone's East Side jazz club has quietly and with little publicity built up a solid word of mouth programming policy in east London. The area's greatest claim to jazz fame perhaps hitherto was bound up in the fact that the late Kenny Wheeler …

Published: 28 Dec 2021. Updated: 7 months.

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Leytonstone's East Side jazz club has quietly and with little publicity built up a solid word of mouth programming policy in east London. The area's greatest claim to jazz fame perhaps hitherto was bound up in the fact that the late Kenny Wheeler lived in the area for many years and where a plaque on Wallwood Road attests to that fact. East Side is on Harvey Road in the unlikely digs of an ex-serviceman's club.

Stand by your beds gigs Omicron-permitting in early-2022 are on Tuesdays and coming up is a well-conceived programme highlights of which include Mark Lockheart's Generation Quintet on 18 January, Annie Whitehead's quartet the following week; Graham Harvey and Dave O'Higgins in February; then Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price, Ivo Neame, Deschanel Gordon, above, and Byron Wallen in March.

The club's website has full details of all gigs. The club opens its doors again next Tuesday

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