Autumn live gig overall jazz choices in the Euro clubs: Kurt Elling feat. Charlie Hunter who appear at the Blue Note in Milan on 4 and 5 November followed hard on the heels in the same spot by the Dave Holland supergroup - Aziza.
Kurt Elling's to-die-for version of the Doc Pomus classic 'Lonely Avenue' first recorded and released by Ray Charles in 1956 was the easy pick of the recent soaraway 5-track EP SuperBlue - The London Sessions from the great Chicagoan Elling. Backing vocals on this ''Live at the Pool'' set were by Vula Malinga and La Donna Young with Charlie Hunter taking a strutting but never over-the-top guitar solo that ambles along mightily and there's drummer Corey Fonville who provides a laidback groove as DJ Harrison divvies up an airplane-doing-the-taxiing like keyboards as the ensemble start to rev the mother up oh so effortlessly and roar to put their own stamp on this evergreen break-up beauty and run that particular voodoo of a heartbreak down.
A-Trane Berlin Julia Hülsmann Quartet 14 September
Blue Note, Milan Mike Stern Band 22 and 23 Sept, Jeremy Pelt Quintet 4 October, Yellowjackets 19 Oct, Kurt Elling 4 and 5 November, Aziza 11 Nov, Kenny Garrett 17 Nov, Richard Bona 25 November
And in another coup for Milan Aziza are to appear this autumn, that's the Dave Holland supergroup featuring bass legend Holland along with saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Eric Harland. Their 2016 self-titled album was - and remains - a sensation and classic of jazz made over the past 20 years. More on Dave - read an interview with the great in Leroy lives
Le duc des Lombards Paris Danny Grissett trio 14 September, Judith Owens and her New Orleans Gentlemen Callers 16 Sept, Camilla George 23 and 24 Sept, Billy Hart quartet feat Ethan Iverson 27 and 28 Sept
Moods Zurich Rymden 3 October, Shai Maestro Quartet 15 Oct, Mark Guiliana 18 Oct, Eivind Aarset Quartet 25 Oct, Ashley Henry 31 Oct, The Bad Plus 7 Nov, Makaya McCraven 12 Nov, Linda May Han Oh Quartet 15 Nov
Sunset Sunside Paris Aruán Ortiz trio 14 Sept, Tord Gustavsen trio 30 Sept and 1 Oct, Dan Tepfer 4 and 5 Oct, Peter Bernstein Quartet feat Sullivan Fortner 19 Oct, Tim Hagans Quartet 29 Oct, Aaron Parks Little Big 2 Nov, Ariel Bart 22 Nov, Steve Kuhn trio 25 and 26 Nov,
Unterfahrt Munich Julia Hülsmann Quartet 29 Sept Bob Reynolds Group 8 Oct
Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene Oslo Nils Petter Molvær 9 Sept, Hakon Kornstad trio 1 Oct, Helen Sung trio 8 Oct, Gretchen Parlato trio 14 Oct, James Brandon Lewis trio 20 Oct, Julian Lage, 21 Oct, Trygve Seim 27 Oct, John McLaughlin 23 and 24 Nov, Jacob Young Trio 10 December.
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