CD round up – Printmakers, Lloyd and Sheppard. Three gems to savour

A quick CD round up is in order. Having devoured and reviewed these three albums for London Jazz News its hard to imagine them not being embedded in every play list and favorites compilation for sometime to come. First up was Charles Lloyd‘s clwmdWild Man Dance.  The Lloyd magic is partly in a cultivated, deceptively thin sound on tenor that insinuates its way into your soul, and partly in the performance he evokes from his bands that ebbs and flows magically. They were riveting at the London Jazz Festival and this album is a recording of the live premiere and is every bit as good My review for London Jazz is here. Album two was Westerly, the long awaited debut recording of Nikki Iles band WesterlyThe Printmakers  They’ve been touring for several years now and most recently spotted in these parts at the Wiltshire Music Centre a year or so ago. This was a sure fire winner with the band delivering a live performance on CD every bit has lyrical, nuanced and varied as a gig, my review here. Finally, equally sublime is Andy Sheppard‘s Surroundedlatest release for ECM, Surrounded by Sea. We had a foretaste of this group and the music at the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival in March (my round up of that event here on the Jazzwise site) so I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. Its outwardly the polar opposite of rumbustious Andy Sheppard of the Pushy Doctors, a quiet, pared back atmospheric affair with a  band mesmerisingly in tune with each other.  My review is here.  Three top drawer albums to savour.


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