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New track of the week: blue, mostly by Harry Skoler ****

Drawn from Red Brick Hill out next month on Sunnyside this is new from the Bradford, Massachusetts-based Berklee professor clarinettist Harry Skoler and features some characteristically nimble double bass playing from the great Dezron Douglas and …

Published: 10 Jun 2024. Updated: 37 days.

Drawn from Red Brick Hill out next month on Sunnyside this is new from the Bradford, Massachusetts-based Berklee professor clarinettist Harry Skoler and features some characteristically nimble double bass playing from the great Dezron Douglas and brightly conveyed vibes by Blue Note star Joel Ross whose Nublues is one of 2024's finest releases.

There's also unforgettably a fabulously scalding clarinet run from the leader.

The track, full of lots of brooding timbral contrasts and interesting narrative story telling in the compositional structure, was recorded at top New York studio Sear Sound - a synonym for quality jazz sonics in other words - the trumpet solo from Marquis Hill is also notable and the interplay between trumpet and clarinet gains a whole lot of traction.

Drummer on the track is Blue Note star, also well known for his work with Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, the formidable hard bop player Johnathan Blake whose album Passage lit us up inside immeasurably in 2023.

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10 top US jazz club gigs this week

1 / Joel Frahm trio Black Cat, San Francisco Thursday-Sunday The Frahm trio - the saxist with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini were caught at Scott's in Belfast earlier this year - click for a link to the BBC radio air shot 2 / Bill …

Published: 10 Jun 2024. Updated: 31 days.

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1 / Joel Frahm trio Black Cat, San Francisco Thursday-Sunday

  • The Frahm trio - the saxist with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini were caught at Scott's in Belfast earlier this year - click for a link to the BBC radio air shot

2 / Bill Frisell Trio featuring Tony Scherr and Rudy Royston Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle Thurs-Sun

GIG OF THE WEEK

3 / Grégoire Maret and Romain Collin Jazz Gallery, New York Thurs

  • Launching the brilliant Ennio

4 / Mike Stern Quartet Jazz Showcase, Chicago Thurs-Sun

5 / Black Diamond Green Mill, Chicago Friday

  • Marking the release of Furniture of the Mind Rearranging (WeJazz) featuring reedist Artie Black and saxist/flautist Hunter Diamond with bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Neil Hemphill.

6 / Revoutionary Snake Ensemble Regattabar, Cambridge Fri

7 / Monty Alexander Blues Alley, Washington DC Fri, Saturday, Sun

  • Read a review of Monty's superb D-Day

8 / Eric Darius Yoshi's, Oakland Sat

9 / Nelson Rangell Dazzle, Denver Sat

10 / Sweet Honey in the Rock Keystone Korner, Baltimore Sat and Sun

  • Got a venue? Take an ad and appear in our weekly guide. Grégoire Maret and Romain Collin, pictured, surface at the Jazz Gallery in New York on Thursday night