Yes life offers up surprises in a must for latin-jazz and specifically salsa-swing fans the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis + singer, songwriter Rubén Blades with musical direction by the JALCO bassist Carlos Henriquez Una Noche con Rubén Blades (‘A Nightwith Rubén Blades’) has just been released. Bladian classics such as ‘Pedro Navaja’ – surprise in an edgy ‘Mack the Knife’ sense written into the rakish lyrics — that Rubén cooked up with salsa trombone deity Willie Colón famously on a hit Fania classic in the 1970s and ‘El Cantante’ making the cut on an unstoppable live set recorded in 2014. **** Out on Blue Engine
Doris day or no Gilad blows cool for Coltrane at the Spin
Gilad Atzmon pays tribute to John Coltrane 50 years on at intimate Spin club show. They have a new album together but on a day storm Doris wreaked havoc on travel plans for millions, Alan Barnes was not able to join Gilad Atzmon at the Spin in Oxford's Wheatsheaf. Instead the fiery saxophonist breezed into the long upstairs room of the pub on the High playing a John Coltrane-themed set half a century as he observed in a wry intimate aside to the front row after the great man departed this mortal coil. 'Impressions,' 'Afro Blue', Atzmon switching from tenor sax to a heavily amplified viscerally effective clarinet reminiscent of his dazzling For The Ghosts Within co-leading stint with Robert Wyatt and Ros Stephen, and a waltzing 'Giant Steps' saw the set well underway the confirmed Ornithologist joined by Frank Harrison on piano, Yaron Stavi on double bass and Enzo Zirilli, drums. The Spin's Mark Dorfmann, manning the door and standing up on a table at one point to better view the stage explained to marlbank, dipping in briefly, that the Spin club night at the boozer which serves decent Hobgoblin ale among other beer on tap has been running for 18 years and he and guitarist Pete Oxley are regular performers. • A new piano bar called Sandy's that marlbank is looking to check out will also open in this city of dreaming spires later this year on nearby King Edward Street.