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Updated daily - specially selected - the 10 new tracks that you need to stop right now and listen to asap. Chantal Acda, photo: Jurgen Augusteyns plus Sunday's zen 10:

Published: 20 May 2024. Updated: 33 days.

Updated daily - specially selected - the 10 new tracks that you need to stop right now and listen to asap.

Chantal Acda, photo: Jurgen Augusteyns

plus Sunday's zen 10:

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US club guide 20-26 May

Jason Marsalis Vibes Duo Snug Harbor, New Orleans Mon 20 May Ryan Devlin Quartet Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia Tues 21 May David Murray Quartet Village Vanguard, New York Tues 21 May, Wed 22 May, Thurs 23 May, Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May

Published: 20 May 2024. Updated: 33 days.

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A formidable group touring new album Francesca (Intakt) filled with Murray compositions plus a cover of the great pianist Don Pullen's 'Richard's Tune' - a tune dedicated to AACM pater familias and inspiration Muhal Richard Abrams. The Virginia born Don Pullen (1941-1995) recorded his Muhal dedicated tune that appeared on the outstanding 1974 release, Solo Piano Album (Sackville). And the World Saxophone Quartet master David Murray - think an avant-garde version of Ben Webster and you are half way there towards appreciating the globe trotting Californian - is on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet playing so immaculately with fine avant pianist Marta Sánchez whose own trio album Perpetual Void is also recent, Luke Stewart of Irreversible Entanglements on double bass and one of DC's finest Russell Carter on drums, Francesca proves as warm and enlightening as the delights in another context of 2022's Seriana Promethea. Recorded in a studio 20km from Zurich over two days last November, tunes range in length from just over 6 minutes for 'Am Gone Get Some' - a little longer and more expansive than the Seriana Promethea treatment of the piece recorded with Brad Jones and Hamid Drake - to a speck under 11 mins, the latter an awesome title track named for the jewel tie designer Francesca Cinelli Murray. Derek Schilling in the album notes says: ''Murray's art celebrates the magic of the hook, the deep groove.'' And he is 100 per cent correct in this. Highlights include bass clarinet feature 'Shenzhen.'

  • Terrace Martin feat. James Fauntelroy Blue Note, New York Thurs 23 May, Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard Dazzle, Denver Thurs 23 May

  • Russell Malone Smoke, New York Thurs 23 May, Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May

Guitar great Russell Malone - known for his swinging work with Diana Krall and on last year's Rickie Lee Jones album Pieces of Treasure - at Smoke with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Vincent DuPont and drummer Neal Smith.

  • Joe Farnsworth Quartet with Sarah Hanahan, Peter Washington and Luther Allison Jazz Showcase, Chicago Thurs 23 May, Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May

Tunes like 'Prima Materia' in pianist Connie Han's hands are always highly listenable. A player whose star power has increased year on year certainly since Iron Starlet if you gravitate to Chick Corea and especially Return to Forever's early period you will be in your element. Sunny, cosmic, as much a daytime as a cool breeze-of-the-evening listen 'Prima Materia' has an open feel and the sound develops organically. Drawn from the ancient civilisation of Sumer themed Secrets of Inanna, flautist Katisse Buckingham, Wayne Shorter quartet bass icon John Patitucci, tenorist Rich Perry and drummer Bill Wysaske joined the pianist on the 2022 album.

Cellist Tomeka Reid - known to UK jazz fans for her work with Alexander Hawkins - in Chicago with guitar innovator Mary Halvorson, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

CLUB GIGS OF THE WEEK

The great singer Carmen Lundy with pianist Julius Rodriguez, bassist Ben Williams known for his work with Pat Metheny in the Unity band, guitarist Andrew Renfroe and drummer Terreon Gully - ''Tank'' is known for his work on Christian McBride electric classic Vertical Vision from 2003.

  • Matt Wilson's Good Trouble Birdland, New York Fri 24 May, Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May

  • Noah Haidu trio with Buster Williams and Lenny White Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles Sun 26 May

  • Russ Lossing trio [Deerhead Inn, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania] Sun 26 May

Jason Marsalis, pictured, plays Snug Harbor in New Orleans tonight