UK gig choice for 12-18 Feb

QOW Trio Victory Club Ballroom, Cheltenham Mon 12 Feb WAKO The Yard, Manchester Mon 12 Feb The Mingus Project Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 13 Feb Allison Neale Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tues 13 Feb Paul Hartley The Railway, Stockport Tues 13 Feb

Published: 10 Feb 2024. Updated: 17 days.

QOW Trio Victory Club Ballroom, Cheltenham Mon 12 Feb

WAKO The Yard, Manchester Mon 12 Feb

The Mingus Project Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 13 Feb

Allison Neale Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tues 13 Feb

Paul Hartley The Railway, Stockport Tues 13 Feb

Jon Taylor Cask, Scarborough Wed 14 Feb

John Etheridge Blue Spirits Trio Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath Wed 14 Feb

Ian Shaw Crazy Coqs, London Wed 14 Feb

Polly Gibbons 606, London Wed 14 Feb

Josephine Davies The Wick Inn, Hove Wed 14 Feb

Pierre Flasse The Lescar, Sheffield Wed 14 Feb

Silje Nergaard and Espen Berg Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Thurs 15 Feb and Fri 16 Feb

WAKO The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thurs 15 Feb

Tony Kofi Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Thurs 15 Feb

Manu Delago Glad Cafe, Glasgow Thurs 15 Feb

Julian Costello Quartet Matt and Phred's, Manchester Thurs 15 Feb

Andy Lawrenson Rugby Club, Carlisle Thurs 15 Feb

Simon Spillett Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thurs 15 Feb

Simon Allen The Stoke, Guildford Fri 16 Feb

Georgia Cécile Ronnie Scott's, London Fri 16 Feb

Alan Barnes & Karen Sharp Quintet Key theatre, Peterborough Fri 16 Feb

Alcyona Mick and Tori Fresstone 1000 Trades, Birmingham Fri 16 Feb

Night Herons, Fleur Stevenson, Rebecca Poole & Vimala Rowe, Denny llett and others Wallingford Winter Blues and Jazz Weekender, Wallingford Fri 16 Feb-Sun 18 Feb

Henry Spencer The Vortex, London Fri 16 Feb

Emily Francis Trio Scott's, Belfast Fri 16 Feb

Sultan Stevenson Trio The Bear, Luton Sat 17 Feb

Rory Ingham Sextet The Hive, Shrewsbury Sat 17 Feb

Corto.Alto Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Sat 17 Feb

Tony Compton Jazz Centre, Southend Sat 17 Feb in the afternoon

Silje Nergaard and Espen Berg Turner Sims, Southampton Sat 17 Feb

WAKO Seven, Leeds Sun 18 Feb lunchtime

Georgia Cécile, pictured, plays Ronnie Scott's on Friday 16 February

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Félix Zurstrassen, Nova: Elusive, Igloo ***1/2

Pianist Kit Downes, above centre in the band picture, pops up in all sorts of playing situations, touring for instance recently with Seb Rochford, and here he is once again in Belgian bassist Félix Zurstrassen's group Nova making a difference as …

Published: 9 Feb 2024. Updated: 19 days.

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Pianist Kit Downes, above centre in the band picture, pops up in all sorts of playing situations, touring for instance recently with Seb Rochford, and here he is once again in Belgian bassist Félix Zurstrassen's group Nova making a difference as ever whether rhapsodic on the title track or more maverick and oblique on 'Piece for Ape'. The sound here has a number of complementary sources, whether the sax directions of Dutchman Ben Van Gelder or the more pastoral guitar sounds of Franco-Brazilian Nelson Veras. Tunes are often quite brief and you feel that they could be elaborated upon a bit more but certainly the band has appeal from both an intellectual and emotional point of view. 'Swirl' is probably the best track although you could indulge yourself and go for the moody more old-time sax lead on 'Adal's Dance' happily enough. Drummer Antoine Pierre is a usefully busy presence on 'The Tribe of Dream' and certainly Zurstrassen's sense of beat and propulsion should appeal to you if you like players like Jasper Høiby. Worth seeking out. I would love to hear this band in a small jazz club somewhere soon. Progressive modernistic ''acoustic'' sounds from a band with plenty of ideas and the means to deliver them - what's not to like? SG

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