Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens, 'Loping,' Whirlwind ****

From In Common III 'Loping' operates on different levels. And for one you will go a long way to find as interesting a rhythm section as Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Holland and Kris Davis, TLC giving a kicking momentum to the groove as it builds …

Published: 9 Feb 2022. Updated: 4 months.

From In Common III 'Loping' operates on different levels. And for one you will go a long way to find as interesting a rhythm section as Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Holland and Kris Davis, TLC giving a kicking momentum to the groove as it builds from the off. The centre of gravity in the writing is quite unusual and twists and turns via slabas of guitar and sax as leaders Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens find new things to say for the rhythm section to go to town on and Smith's solo on 'Loping' is beautifully executed obliquely underpinned by Davis. Recorded last June the full album is out next month. Try this track and the scintillating 'Orange Crush' to be going on with on what is surely one of the most absorbing jazz releases of the year so far.

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An April release beckons for Gerald Clayton's Bells on Sand

Blue Note are to release a new trio album from pianist Gerald Clayton in April with Clayton joined by his father bassist John Clayton and drummer Justin Brown. 'Water's Edge' from the album is streaming. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and …

Published: 9 Feb 2022. Updated: 4 months.

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Blue Note are to release a new trio album from pianist Gerald Clayton in April with Clayton joined by his father bassist John Clayton and drummer Justin Brown. 'Water's Edge' from the album is streaming. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and includes a guest slot from Charles Lloyd and singer Maro. As well as originals the albums includes two versions of Robin, Whiting and Chase standard 'My Ideal' and a treatment of Catalan composer Federico Mompou's 'Elegia,' 'Damunt de tu Només les Flors' and 'Paisajes II, El Lago.'

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