Daily jazz blog, Marlbank

The Saturday morning listen: Doxas Brothers, 'Wildcat,' Justin Time Records

Formidable thrusting saxophone lines here from Chet Doxas enhanced by rumbling accompaniment from his brother Jim on drums and by firm support from pianist Marc Copland and from bassist Adrian Vedady. Drawn from Kindred out in a couple of weeks an …

Published: 7 Oct 2023. Updated: 9 months.

Formidable thrusting saxophone lines here from Chet Doxas enhanced by rumbling accompaniment from his brother Jim on drums and by firm support from pianist Marc Copland and from bassist Adrian Vedady. Drawn from Kindred out in a couple of weeks an album stocked mainly with originals recorded in Québec last year, the hard bop tinged 'Wildcat' - Chet entering a world reminiscent of Stanley Turrentine at times as he tumbles through a cascade of dizzying scalar cycles - provides a wonderfully storming introduction to an album we will return to later in the month.

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Shalosh, Tales of Utopia, ACT ****

Once again Shalosh do not disappoint. And yes it is comforting to land in a jazz trio space that e. s. t. (and even the much missed Phronesis in places) made their own but with the twist of some glorious melodies rooted in folk music and middle …

Published: 6 Oct 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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Once again Shalosh do not disappoint. And yes it is comforting to land in a jazz trio space that e. s. t. (and even the much missed Phronesis in places) made their own but with the twist of some glorious melodies rooted in folk music and middle eastern traditions that put their own stamp on their work as added flavour. Israelis Gadi Stern on piano and keyboards, David Michaeli on double bass (a formidable presence on the record who plays a stimulating role that fans of Jasper Høiby will be familiar with) and Matan Assayag on drums here are inspired by works of antiquity whether from the Old Testament or Homer’s Odyssey. And musically the trio, so buoyant and alive throughout (and perfect on a track like 'The Market' for fans of bands like the fine Swiss trio Vein), are all about flow and taking their ideas to places only they know.