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This week's top gigs

Curtis Stigers Ronnie Scott's, London tonight and continuing through to Saturday Liane Carroll and Roger Carey St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall tomorrow Clark Tracey Quintet Watermill Jazz, Dorking tomorrow Kirk Lightsey Quartet ft Alex Hitchcock Pizza …

Published: 25 Sep 2023. Updated: 9 months.

Curtis Stigers Ronnie Scott's, London tonight and continuing through to Saturday

Liane Carroll and Roger Carey St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall tomorrow

Clark Tracey Quintet Watermill Jazz, Dorking tomorrow

Kirk Lightsey Quartet ft Alex Hitchcock Pizza Express Jazz Club, London tomorrow and Wednesday

James Owston trio Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Wednesday

Larry Stabbins, Pat Thomas, Mark Sanders Vortex, London Wednesday

Jo Harrop with Nigel Price Stoke By Nayland Hotel, near Colchester Wednesday

Hidden Waves Quartet Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

Mingus Moves Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Nic Meier Tap Social, Botley Thursday

Sharp Little Bones feat Tony Kofi Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Thursday

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra plus Geoff Keezer Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Friday

Nigel Mooney's Organ Works feat. Jean Toussaint Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast Friday

Chris Biscoe 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Deschanel Gordon 606, London Saturday

Jo Harrop, top. Photo: press

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Ivo Neame, Live at Turner Sims, Whirlwind ****

There are times here on this very fine solo album from pianist Ivo Neame recorded in Southampton's Turner Sims hall in 2020 that recall solo Django Bates from the 1990s, particularly Autumn Fires (And Green Shoots). There is the same delicate way …

Published: 24 Sep 2023. Updated: 9 months.

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There are times here on this very fine solo album from pianist Ivo Neame recorded in Southampton's Turner Sims hall in 2020 that recall solo Django Bates from the 1990s, particularly Autumn Fires (And Green Shoots). There is the same delicate way of unpeeling a tune, a certain puckish flair and even a tender romanticism built in. Neame, best known for his work with Phronesis, dissects Bach, draws a little on Rachmaninov, covers a David Bowie piece 'Soul Love' and matches Bill Frisell’s ‘Strange Meeting’ with 'Rag' - the Frisell ingredients certainly proving a strong highlight. Beautifully recorded - there's plenty here to return to time and time again. If you think you know what Neame can do already, think again.