Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens, In Common III, Whirlwind ****

Up there with the best of 2022 to date In Common III is a textbook example of the way ahead for hard bop and beyond-based approaches anchored by the incredibly loose rhythm section of Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Holland and Kris Davis. Guitar and …

Published: 11 Mar 2022. Updated: 5 months.

Up there with the best of 2022 to date In Common III is a textbook example of the way ahead for hard bop and beyond-based approaches anchored by the incredibly loose rhythm section of Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Holland and Kris Davis. Guitar and sax-led the direction of the music manages to harness more oblique passages say on 'Oliver' with less complex melodic sections that allow space for some fine thematic composition and the ingenuity of the improvisers at work here. It's not all deadly serious by any means and you get a fun theme like 'Hornets' as part of the recipe of success. Kris Davis sounds amazing at the beginning of 'After' and her contribution throughout is a big plus. Smith's balladic sense is strong on a track such as 'Lite' and it's extraordinary the pictures painted by the electronic contortions on the same track that lifts the album effortlessly into a futuristic space. A must for any self-respecting jazz fan, speaking of now!

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Tord Gustavsen dates and new album

The latest Tord Gustavsen trio album Opening due in April features a ''new'' bassist in Steinar Raknes joining the pianist leader and the trio's longstanding drummer Jarle Vespestad on the release, once again to be issued by the ECM label. The …

Published: 10 Mar 2022. Updated: 4 months.

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The latest Tord Gustavsen trio album Opening due in April features a ''new'' bassist in Steinar Raknes joining the pianist leader and the trio's longstanding drummer Jarle Vespestad on the release, once again to be issued by the ECM label. The Gustavsen trio are touring in the spring with a raft of UK and Ireland dates included on the itinerary. Dates are:

1 May – Bray Jazz Festival, Ireland

17 May – Milton Keynes

18 May – Turner Sims Southampton

19 May – St George's, Bristol

20 May – The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds

21 May – Howard Assembly Room Leeds

22 May – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

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