Jenny Hval and Susanna Meshes of Voice SusannaSonata *** A darkly compelling fable concerned with lust, fear, wondering, and a few mythical creatures thrown in for good measure, partly inspired by 1940s surrealist film maker Maya Deren, this collaborative album features the vocals, effects and other instruments of Jenny Hval; and the voice, piano-playing, and much else besides of Susanna (Wallumrød of Magical Orchestra renown). The Norwegian pair have been working together for five years, and this avant recording dates back to their early days. Settling gloweringly the starkly original material the pair have composed rarely fails to make anything but a formidably strong sensory impression throughout.
Released on 18 August
ON THE UP Intimacy key at the Hampstead Jazz Club
Mayank Patel of the Hampstead Jazz Club.
Neighbourhood jazz clubs are the beating heart of the London jazz scene day in day out. Jazz thrives on places and people and that is why they are so important, a natural environment when players can relax, develop their craft and collaborate. The newest addition to the north London scene is the highly atmospheric Hampstead Jazz Club. Founder of the club, which is located in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton pub on New End, a short walk from the Hampstead tube station or a swift bus ride from Golders Green, 28 Church Row restaurant and Lateralizerecord label owner Mayank Patel showed marbank around earlier. Lateralize have just released Live in London by singer Judi Jackson.
The exterior of the Hampstead Jazz Club.
Tiny, with a cellar-like classic Parisian feel, a state of the art Autograph supplied audio rig, the same supplier who kit out the Pizza Express Jazz Club, house baby grand piano, Gretsch drum kit and a low ceiling this moves jazz club intimacy to a new level. Mayank tells me there is room for around 50 people and as he strikes a note on the piano you realise how personal the sound is. Pianist Jamie Safir is musical director of the club and the club has a roster of musicians who include the Copasetics’ Alex Webb.
Duke of Hamilton landlord Ben Robson, upstairs above the club. The clubwill host a freshly conceived songwriter crème de la crème-themed evening presented by singerJo Harrop and pianist/arranger Alex Webb. Expect songs by the greats whose songs continue to shape our lives drawn from the work of Newley and Bricusse, Lionel Bart, Lennon & McCartney and Elvis Costello. Joining Alex and Jo will be the tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste who won a Parliamentary Jazz Award recently for TheLate Coltrane plus up-and-coming bassist J “This City” Darwish and drummer Pete Hill. story/pics: marlbank The gig is on Friday 30 November. Tickets & info.