Tyrone Isaac Stuart, Anderson, New Soil ****

A take 5 but not as you know it: The chat between the desk and saxist Tyrone Isaac Stuart is appealing. There is pleasantly zany, anarchic, antique production here all meshed into one in a meta-bebop maelstrom. 'Tis TIS the fascination of course …

Published: 2 Aug 2022. Updated: 4 months.

A take 5 but not as you know it: The chat between the desk and saxist Tyrone Isaac Stuart is appealing. There is pleasantly zany, anarchic, antique production here all meshed into one in a meta-bebop maelstrom. 'Tis TIS the fascination of course here and no tsk tsks at all to cluck about. Saxophonically like Jason Yarde at the more scalding end of the spectrum. A little Soweto Kinch is fed in too in the exciting newcomer's excellent sound perhaps. New in the 1 Love spot. Crazy overdubs and all simply enhance the listening experience. Full personnel is Tyrone Isaac-Stuart (alto saxophone); Zuri Jarrett-Boswell (piano); Shirley Teteh (guitar); Jack Polly (bass); Reiss Ellis Beckles (alto saxophone); Dave Clements (vocal sample) and Jamie Murray (drums). The great jazz writer, film expert and saxophone teacher Selwyn Harris emails to say after our enquiry asking whether his very good self in other words north east London's very own jazzer Barry Norman had taught TIS: ''Yes, you're barking up the right tree. I did teach Tyrone. I didn't contribute anything much to what you hear now as he started in his last year of secondary school with me but I did introduce him to jazz and I remember his face when he heard Charlie Parker for the first time. He was awestruck.'' SG

Tyrone Isaac Stuart photo: Ian Hippolyte

updated 03/08/22

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A first album in 5 years from Courtney Pine Spirituality sets the jazz agenda

Building towards the release of Spirituality - Courtney Pine's first album in 5 years - the 1980s saxophone and bass clarinet legend is touring throughout the autumn with the 2021 Ivors Impact winner pianist Zoe Rahman and a string quartet. Shows …

Published: 2 Aug 2022. Updated: 7 days.

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Building towards the release of Spirituality - Courtney Pine's first album in 5 years - the 1980s saxophone and bass clarinet legend is touring throughout the autumn with the 2021 Ivors Impact winner pianist Zoe Rahman and a string quartet. Shows include Cornwall, Buxton, Liverpool, Wavendon, Norwich, Leeds, Cardiff, Southampton, Edinburgh, London, Saffron Walden and Bradford on Avon.

A London born UK icon of Jamaican lineage Pine's last album was Black Notes From The Deep in 2017.

Courtney, 58, broke the mould to establish a renaissance for UK jazz at the time of Journey to the Urge Within which cracked the pop charts in 1986 something that in that synth pop-dominated era hitherto was fairly unthinkable and somehow introduced a new generation of UK black jazz musicians to the wider public mostly for the first time.

Many musicians on Urge Within have long since become icons of the UK scene including BBC Radio Three presenter pianist and composer Julian Joseph, vibes luminary and jazz industry power Orphy Robinson, Tomorrow's Warriors legend Gary Crosby and the great jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss.

Pine was the Shabaka Hutchings of his day and yet surely Birmingham star Hutchings would admit that he stands on the shoulders of the giant as do so many. Like Pine who set up his own label Destin-E Records signing the likes of long time comrade steady eddie guitarist Cameron Pierre, Hutchings has established Native Rebel. Blessed with a monstrously accomplished playing technique drawing on circular breathing methods and more Pine emerged from a reggae background as a very young man playing with such seminal acts as Clint Eastwood and General Saint.

It's fair to say that Pine, a Black British and Afropean icon whose reach has extended far beyond the jazz niche into more general cultural and socio-political significance, is the most influential jazz musician of Jamaican descent on the UK scene since Joe Harriott and while revered and celebrated quite rightly today long after his passing Harriott was very undersung and neglected in his day given the acute often overtly racist climate of the era. Pine has developed his own syncretic approach whether developing ideas based on DJ and scratch culture, pan-Caribbean music, the legacy of John Coltrane and much more.

Spirituality picks up the thread established on the earlier Song (The Ballad Book) from 2015.

More on Courtney Pine - read a live 2012 review from the Islington Assembly Hall Pine comin' home to the House of Legends

Zoe Rahman and Courtney Pine photo: publicity shot

Catch up on the podcast Global with Courtney Pine Discovering Nu Jazz and Beyond above

Updated on 25 November 2022 adding a Spotify link to Spirituality and the latest Courtney podcast