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Gigs to go to? Latest selection. These stand out a mile: Heidi Vogel, Green Note, Saturday 14 August Jon Cleary, The Pheasantry, Monday 16-Wednesday 18 Aug Martin Taylor, Ronnie Scott's, Tuesday 17 Aug Nubya Garcia, Royal Albert Hall, Wed 18 Aug …

Published: 14 Aug 2021. Updated: 35 days.

The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, The Sirius Mystery opus 4 no​.​1, Ropeadope *****

I'll add The Sirius Mystery to marlbank top albums of the year to date in 2021 immediately without a doubt. Trumpeter and composer Russell Gunn delivers mightily entering a blutopian multiverse of considerable design. It's obvious. In the 1990s …

Published: 13 Aug 2021. Updated: 36 days.

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I'll add The Sirius Mystery to marlbank top albums of the year to date in 2021 immediately without a doubt. Trumpeter and composer Russell Gunn delivers mightily entering a blutopian multiverse of considerable design. It's obvious. In the 1990s Gunn was with Wynton on Blood on the Fields and Wynton actually is on this fine new record composed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Gunn.

You may know Gunn's sound even more than you think especially if you recall the much-missed Jez Nelson BBC Radio 3 show Jazz on 3 which used a Gunn theme (from '74 Miles Away') for its theme tune.

Leading the zany Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra who already have a few albums out, pan-African motifs are explored immersively on The Sirius Mystery drawing on Gunn's Malian roots and delving into the Dogon universe walking and talking with the spirits that surround.