The chemistry is right for Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline

Details of Music From The Early 21st Century make very interesting reading and include the fact that Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline have combined to write all the music. All three are leaders in their own right and these tracks augur well …

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 5 months.

Details of Music From The Early 21st Century make very interesting reading and include the fact that Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline have combined to write all the music. All three are leaders in their own right and these tracks augur well for the whole caboodle because of what sounds like a great feeling of rapport.

I've been a fan of Previte's since seeing him in the band of the great Annie Ross in the 1990s Robert Altman satire Short Cuts [in the clip scroll to around 2mins 54secs for a fleeting glimpse of the charismatic drummer] and even better hearing him more to the fore with a bunch of talented students at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2008 doing his Voodoo orchestra-like take on Bitches Brew. To my chagrin I still haven't managed to see Nels Cline or Jamie Saft live so far. Saft's sound is at the heart of many excellent RareNoise releases, the label's in-house organist and Cline scored big time not too long ago for Blue Note on the impeccable Lovers.

Recorded live on a US tour last year in east coast places such as Quinn's in Beacon, New York state, described online as a ''low-key hangout with an old-timey vibe offering Japanese fare, craft beer & a lineup of live music'' this record is coming out on prog-jazz label RareNoise who describe the absorbing sound as ''essentially a freely improvised organ trio set.'' SG

Bobby Previte, above.

Out on 28 February

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Selection of stunning Love and Understanding tracks stream

Deconstruct yourself, reconstruct yourself more like. Four tracks are now streaming from the awesome Love and Understanding, quite brilliant really these and the rest. Just hear Surman burn on 'Construction' for starters, the groove behind him kind …

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 5 months.

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Deconstruct yourself, reconstruct yourself more like. Four tracks are now streaming from the awesome Love and Understanding, quite brilliant really these and the rest. Just hear Surman burn on 'Construction' for starters, the groove behind him kind of mindful of the feel of the beginning of Extrapolation and then in the manner it churns over when bass enters the fray amid much impressive guitar noodling seems to just pick up mucho G-force in the way Dave Holland's bass lines throughout 'In a Silent Way' function as it proceeds. Oh, best UK jazz release from the archives in simply years. Made in Sweden, that's only part of the story. As previously reported on 2 February… read on to get the gist.

Spanning jazz-rock, the orchestral and the avant, blessed with poke-your-ears-out sound first listens on Soundcloud and now similarly on Bandcamp make abundantly clear, remastered involving a 96kHz 24 bit transfer from the original tapes, this is huge for fans of 1970s UK jazz that Jon Griffiths' My Only Desire Records is to issue on vinyl, CD and downloads a previously unreleased 1974 ''Love and Understanding'' monikered recording of the great pianist/composer Mike Westbrook's Citadel/Room 315, a recording that features the peerless reedist John Surman. The live recording in Sweden predates the famous recording itself that RCA put out a year later. It is blessed with a Caspar Sutton-Jones remaster, Gearbox's secret weapon these last few years loaned out, the sound something that you might encounter as warm and fresh as in the garden wet with rain.

'Citadel/Room 315' is a long suite conducted by Westbrook himself, the origins of which derive from a Swedish Radio commission. Surman plays both baritone and soprano saxes and adds bass clarinet.

Significant for scholars of Westbrook intent on tracing the development of the work given the chronology and the newly available status of the work, a 16-piece orchestra was involved on the recording drawn from a Swedish band led by saxophonist Arne Domnérus and Argentinian trumpeter Americo Bellotto, personnel includes trumpeters Jan Allan and Bertil Lövgren, guitarist Rune Gustafsson, the great pianist Bengt 'Dear Old Stockholm' Hallberg and drummer Egil Johansen. 'Citadel/Room 315' takes its name from the unlikely circumstances of a tower block at Leeds College of Music where it was composed and where Mike's wife Kate was teaching and who inspired the piece. Mike Westbrook comments: “It’s very much about our early days together. The whole piece is about falling in love.” SG Release date is 3 April.