Strigalev-Klein-Belardi-Herr, Tele-Port, Double Moon

Anyone who has heard Zhenya Strigalev live will always be interested in what he is doing. He has so much personality in his playing and he can tackle the fastest tempo as if it is child's play. Here he has dipped out of his comfort zone a little for …

Published: 23 Dec 2019. Updated: 2 years.

Anyone who has heard Zhenya Strigalev live will always be interested in what he is doing. He has so much personality in his playing and he can tackle the fastest tempo as if it is child's play. Here he has dipped out of his comfort zone a little for by his standards a relatively mellow and positively chin stroking diversion.

Coming out of the classic Charlie Parker bebop sound he injects his own quirky punkishness to the mix and has so much personality to what he is doing it is ridiculous.

Tele-port on Double Moon nearly passed me by in the flurry of recent releases. Zhenya is with a bunch of largely unknown Luxembourg players although drummer Jeff Herr is a bit better known mister. I interviewed him back in 2015 just ahead of his first ever UK appearances with his band the Jeff Herr Corporation when he told me: ''It’s hard, very hard, to speak of influences. But the Fly Trio with Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard have been doing some fantastic things. They’re very aesthetic and there are lots of colours in their playing.”

You wouldn't obviously think of Ballard here on this record that is perhaps a little too introspective for its own good but Herr does bring an open drama-laden quality to the groove and he contributes the sparkling tune 'Red Circle' to pleasingly volatile effect. SG

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Gigs of the year for 2019

Best for atmosphere, sheer groove, communication, and all-round jazz feeling keeping it simple were the bril 1/ Blicher Hemmer Gadd at the Lost Lane in Dublin. Also in the reckoning and outstanding [2/ Amanda St John, Green Note, Camden Town, London

Published: 23 Dec 2019. Updated: 20 months.

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Best for atmosphere, sheer groove, communication, and all-round jazz feeling keeping it simple were the bril 1/ Blicher Hemmer Gadd at the Lost Lane in Dublin.

Also in the reckoning and outstanding

[2/ Amanda St John, Green Note, Camden Town, London

On the soul side an extraordinary voice renders excellent originals.

3/ Gwilym Simcock trio, Ronnie Scott's, Soho, London

Simcock is in his prime, born to play.

4/ David Murray, Vortex, Dalston, London

Master at work. Art of the ballad.

5/ Sarah Gillespie, Dolans Warehouse Upstairs, Limerick

A poet deep down. Brave heart, maxiumum impact.

6/ Pulled by Magnets, St John on Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green, London

Dark and brooding. Seb Rochford shows how he can be a power player into the bargain.

7/ The Coalminers, Spice of Life, Soho, London

Tapping the New Orleans sound in a fun way.

pic top of the Lost Lane, marlbank.