Tom Harrison, Unfolding in Tempo, Lyte

From 2016. Jazz possesses the infinite capacity to live both in the present and the past. And this album by saxophonist Tom Harrison in the company of singer Cleveland Watkiss, pianist Robert Mitchell, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer David …

Published: 2 Dec 2019. Updated: 5 months.

From 2016. Jazz possesses the infinite capacity to live both in the present and the past. And this album by saxophonist Tom Harrison in the company of singer Cleveland Watkiss, pianist Robert Mitchell, bassist Daniel Casimir and drummer David Lyttle, provides ample evidence of this.

The past takes care of itself, with repertoire mined mainly from deep within the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook (‘Take the A Train’ reinvented by Watkiss for a Cheltenham audience reflecting its live setting at the Everyman theatre, ‘Things Ain’t What They Used To Be,’ ‘Solitude’ etc), while Robert Mitchell injects modernistic jazz chords and the whole band pushed hard by a scampering pared down rhythmic treatment Lyttle delivers on drums, the urgent interjections and rampaging arabesques of Harrison floating on top.

Bassist Daniel Casimir, recently a winner at the latest Worshipful Company of Musicians competition, nestles in expertly and knits well with Lyttle, the album full of life and vitality that belies the fact that the material is so antique and familiar.

Recorded live in Cheltenham and at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, Unfolding in Tempo is a must for anyone interested in Ellingtonia and how a new generation across the Atlantic relates to it more than a half a century on.

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2019 Highlight: Ron Carter and Foursight – Stockholm Volume 1

Recorded at Fasching in Stockholm a year ago, Ron Carter, his place in jazz history secure for many reasons but especially from his tenure in the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet (1964-1968), the baton passed on to him in many ways by Ray Brown, …

Published: 2 Dec 2019. Updated: 5 months.

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Recorded at Fasching in Stockholm a year ago, Ron Carter, his place in jazz history secure for many reasons but especially from his tenure in the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet (1964-1968), the baton passed on to him in many ways by Ray Brown, leading his quartet that features fine pianist Renee Rosnes, the ex-Horace Silver tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene and choice drummer Payton Crossley on Foursight – Stockholm Volume 1 released by Frank Kleinschmidt’s In + Out Records.

Tracks are 1. 'Cominando' (07:39) 2. the Victor Feldman classic 'Joshua' (08:51) 3. 'Little Waltz' (07:04) 4. 'Seguaro' (10:35) 5. 'Cominando, Reprise' (02:00) 6. 'Nearly' (13:10) 7. 'You And The Night And The Music' (7:57). Three years ago the Guinness World Records put out a press release entitled “Ron Carter earns world record as the most recorded jazz bassist in history” with 2,221 recordings to his name at the time of publication. Add quite a few since and as ever in addition to quantity crucially unrivalled quality – in the same breath.