This blog has suffered a slight case of benign neglect over the past month as writing has been mainly for other jazz websites and publications. A little summing up is in order. First up, a flurry of CDs reviewed for London Jazz News.
Irish bass player Ronan Guilfoyle recorded Hands in New York with son Chris (Guilfoyle!) and the Big Apple movers and shakers David Binney on saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums(my review here for London Jazz). It’s tense, absorbing music, well worth a listen.
Orrin Evans, another New York resident, is perhaps less well know on these shores but that shouldn’t put you off. The pianist hails from Philadelphia as does his contemporary, bassist Christian McBride. Together with drummer Karriem Riggins they are at the core of a style and genre hopping album, reflecting the diverse paths Evans’ career has followed. The title, The Evolution of Oneself (my review here) is self-consciously apt, but there’s nothing affected about the playing. The band are cooking whether its blistering post-bop or grooving Nu- Jazz.
If Ronan Guilfoyle’s quartet was an international, hands across the Atlantic collaboration, Amok Amor are even more so. Their debut album is out, reviewed here. Swedish bass player Peter Eldh, familiar to discerning UK residents from work with Django Bates, Marius Neset and latterly Kit Downes, teams up with Germans drummer Christian Lillinger and saxophonist Wanja Slavin, and yet another New York resident (can you spot the theme yet?) trumpeter Peter Evans. Its urgent, wonky, riff driven jazz with plenty of nuances and a path steered between tightly scripted playing and interactive group improvisation.