Track of the week: Terence Blanchard, Fall, Blue Note *****

Drawn from Absence (also album of the week) shaped significantly and conceived overall as a Wayne Shorter tribute a defty gauged highly charged 'Fall' on Absence finds the great New Orleanian trumpeter composer Terence Blanchard with his band the …

Published: 24 Aug 2021. Updated: 25 days.

Drawn from Absence (also album of the week) shaped significantly and conceived overall as a Wayne Shorter tribute a defty gauged highly charged 'Fall' on Absence finds the great New Orleanian trumpeter composer Terence Blanchard with his band the E-Collective plus the Turtle Island Quartet delving deep to the essence of the piece. Absence is released by Blue Note on Friday. Shorter tracks included on the album besides the Miles Davis Nefertiti 1968 classic are 'The Elders' (featured on Weather Report's 1978 album Mr Gone); 'When It Was Now' (on the 1996 Wayne compilation This is Jazz Vol. 19); 'Diana' (on both Wayne's 1975's Native Dancer and the 1997 duo album with Herbie Hancock, 1+1); and 'More Elders.'

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Eliane Elias piano duo album Mirror Mirror: a must for the autumn

A heads up dear readers to a big highlight of the early autumn with the release of piano-duo album Mirror Mirror featuring the great Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias in duo with US jazz icon Chick Corea, who sadly died earlier this year, alternating …

Published: 23 Aug 2021. Updated: 19 days.

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A heads up dear readers to a big highlight of the early autumn with the release of piano-duo album Mirror Mirror featuring the great Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias in duo with US jazz icon Chick Corea, who sadly died earlier this year, alternating with Cuban titan Chucho Valdés.

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We listened to Mirror Mirror earlier and it's stunning simple as that. Elias' first piano-only recording since 1994’s Solos and Duets, the new album, out on the reborn Candid label, was recorded in studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Chick on four tracks, Chucho on three. Eliane produced the record with her husband bassist Marc Johnson and Johnson's fellow bassist the Methenyian erstwhile Impossible Gentleman, Steve Rodby.

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Tracks are: 'Armando's Rhumba' (with Chick Corea); 'Esta Tarde Vi Llover' (with Chucho Valdés); 'Blue Bossa' (with Chick); 'Corazon Partio' (with Chucho); 'Mirror Mirror' (with Chick); 'Sabor A Mi' (with Chucho); and 'There Will Never Be Another You' (with Chick). Release date is 10 September. Eliane Elias with Chick Corea, top, and Chucho Valdés, above