Track of the week: David Duffy Quartet, Connected, Jazzville

Drawn from Where the Branches Begin out next month 'Connected' has a deft and subtle jazz-rock ambient pulsar feel to it and is new from Barcelona-based Irish composer and producer bassist David Duffy. Duffy is with saxist Emil Nerstrand, pianist …

Published: 19 Sep 2023. Updated: 8 months.

Drawn from Where the Branches Begin out next month 'Connected' has a deft and subtle jazz-rock ambient pulsar feel to it and is new from Barcelona-based Irish composer and producer bassist David Duffy. Duffy is with saxist Emil Nerstrand, pianist Marc Martin and drummer Davie Ryan on the release which was recorded in Spain in 2021. The whole album has a wistful, dreamy, pastoral atmosphere and all the tracks flow easily to feed the greater whole - certainly worth discovering on release. Another track from the album 'Pulse' is also streaming.

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Pete McCann, Without Question ****

I was hooked pretty much straight away by this eloquent new studio release from US guitarist Pete McCann. It injects plenty of melodicism into tunes that make sense and has plenty of interplay across the band. Without Question includes tributes to …

Published: 18 Sep 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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I was hooked pretty much straight away by this eloquent new studio release from US guitarist Pete McCann. It injects plenty of melodicism into tunes that make sense and has plenty of interplay across the band. Without Question includes tributes to John Abercrombie and Lee Konitz and you get a sense of post-1970s jazz fanning out from the centre to explore the increasingly absorbing outer edges an improvisation can discover logically arrived at. The band McCann has gathered around him includes fine altoist Steve Wilson, the driving pianist Henry Hey, bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Mark Ferber with compositions all by McCann. It really is a pleasure - I was reluctant to switch Without Question off. SG