If you are into free improv drummers and we certainly are then tomorrow at east London's Cafe Oto as part of his residency drummer, composer and improviser Steve Noble is playing solo and in duo with trumpeter Gabriel Wonck. Steve was the first artist to appear on leading London jazz-indie the Babel label when it began in the 1990s and at that time appeared on the label in a band with Bromley guitar legend Billy Jenkins and adventurous Italian bassist Roberto Bellatalla who released The Shakedown Club on Babel in 1994. Last time and many moons later that marlbank was lucky enough to catch Steve after contemporaneous 90s exposure to Noble at the Water Rats venue in King's Cross was in 2013 when he was playing the Sun Ra blues on Belfast's Hill Street at a venue called the Black Box in the trio Decoy. A tremendous organ combo with Alexander Hawkins and bassist John Edwards, Sun Ra and kinetic bar-vaulting improv never sounded so good. The band has also more recently collaborated with free-jazz sax icon Joe McPhee, incidentally whose Winter Garden with Flow Trio is worth your time. Beat a trail to Dalston if you can in all Nobility for a slice of a remarkable player up close and personal.
Steve Noble photo: Dawid Laskowski. See the Cafe Oto website for more details. Further dates are on 3 June in solo and duo with Seymour Wright; on 10 June, solo and in duo with Ute Kanngiesser; on 17 June solo & duo with Pat Thomas; and on 24 June solo and in duo with Alex Ward.