March/ April Highlights 2: CDs – Seamus Blake; Martin Pyne; Arne Torvik; Dave Jones

I’ve reviewed a few CDs for London Jazz News over the last couple of months. A bit of personal archiving here then with links and one (or two) liners.

Seamus Blake: A double review of releases featuring the sax polymath. Superconductor interweaves lush string arrangements with an electric band, Blake’s writing and playing cover multiple bases.  Bridges finds Blake guesting with a Norwegian band. Tasty European flavoured jazz with more great blowing.  The review is here.

Martin Pyne: A solo, freely improvised set on vibraphone inspired by tales of faeries.  Plenty to enchant here, it takes the listener to a quiet place. Review here.

Arne Torvik:  More Nordic fare from a pianist based in Molde (of international jazz fest fame).  Review here

Dave Jones: A breezy, swinging set from the Cardiff pianist with a storming quartet (expanded at times with a bit of overdubbing to  allow Ashley John Long to play bass AND vibes… yup, that’s two CDs with vibes on this month). Review here

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