Daily jazz blog, Marlbank

Tenderlonious, You Know I Care, 22a ****

Deeply felt spiritual jazz here with spacious vamps, chunky grooves and a searching, yearning quality throughout. Altoist-flautist Tenderlonious is here with pianist Hamish Balfour, bassist Pete Martin and drummer Tim Carnegie and together the …

Published: 16 Aug 2023. Updated: 10 months.

Deeply felt spiritual jazz here with spacious vamps, chunky grooves and a searching, yearning quality throughout. Altoist-flautist Tenderlonious is here with pianist Hamish Balfour, bassist Pete Martin and drummer Tim Carnegie and together the quartet immerse themselves in the sort of sounds championed by Eric Dolphy, Archie Shepp and John Coltrane in the 1960s. You gain a sense of deep study and reflection as solo lines delve ever more deeply into new possibilities and directions as well as a certain momentousness in the group play. You Know I Care includes a tender flute-led treatment of Wayne Shorter classic 'Infant Eyes'. Out on 25 August. 'Maimoun' from the album is streaming.

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RBG Trio, RBG Trio, Auragami Records ****

A trio heaven sent here for fans of acoustic sax, bass, drums set-ups with the first sighting of the RGB Trio who immediately escort you into their own absorbing hard bop-tinged universe. With top Irish drum and bass team of Kevin Brady and Dave …

Published: 16 Aug 2023. Updated: 10 months.

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A trio heaven sent here for fans of acoustic sax, bass, drums set-ups with the first sighting of the RGB Trio who immediately escort you into their own absorbing hard bop-tinged universe. With top Irish drum and bass team of Kevin Brady and Dave Redmond joined by scorching Irish based US sax player Meilana Gillard the material is made up of appealing band originals and the sound owes something to a touch of Joe Henderson and Sonny Rollins to its outer coating. There's plenty of room for extensive improvisation around the sturdy no-nonsense themes and some fine musicianship sprinkled throughout. The RGB are also touring soon - with dates in Belfast (21 September) Armagh (22 Sept), Derry (23 Sept) Kildare (11 November) and London (18 Nov). All in all as impeccable a jazz trio to come out of the Irish scene in a long while. Out on 20 September. Check out the band's Bandcamp page here