Szun Waves, Earth Patterns, Leaf ***

High up at number 3 in the latest UK jazz and blues chart - a surprise in such a distinction given that Earth Patterns isn't remotely a jazz or for that matter a blues album either - the trio Szun Waves fashion a well-crafted vision of their own …

Published: 26 Aug 2022. Updated: 31 days.

High up at number 3 in the latest UK jazz and blues chart - a surprise in such a distinction given that Earth Patterns isn't remotely a jazz or for that matter a blues album either - the trio Szun Waves fashion a well-crafted vision of their own soundscapery here, more an electronica vision than anything. The project of electronic producer Luke Abbott, saxophonist Jack Wyllie, known for his work with Portico Quartet, and of drummer Laurence Pike the tempos are glacial and the sense of firm production palpable. It's ultimately a frustrating listen however because the 7 tracks are all too samey. The album is crying out for a remix given some strong ideas that work as raw material but leave us wanting a new angle and certainly an injection of pace.

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Hammond B-3 organ icon Joey DeFrancesco has died

Devastating news today - Hammond B-3 organ great Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of just 51. The jazz idol was known for his work with John McLaughlin and in recent years with Van Morrison and for so many records of his own and as a featured …

Published: 26 Aug 2022. Updated: 31 days.

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Devastating news today - Hammond B-3 organ great Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of just 51. The jazz idol was known for his work with John McLaughlin and in recent years with Van Morrison and for so many records of his own and as a featured artist at the highest level. A monster player he touched the hearts and minds of many. The cause of death is unknown.

DeFrancesco whose style was influenced by Jimmy Smith among other sources debuted as a teenager on Columbia. He made more than two dozen albums of his own. The son of an organ player, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, Joey started gigging at the tender age of 10. European audiences first got to know him in John McLaughlin's group The Free Spirits with drummer Dennis Chambers which was when we heard heard him first at the Festival Hall in London in the-1990s. RIP

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