Waking up & round-up of recent reviews: Speake, Soundprints, Arguelles & others

The blog here has been sadly neglected over the last month or two. It is a reflection of busyness but not neglect of music or balm for the ears (and by extension the soul).  I’ve been reviewing a few CDs for London Jazz and some live music for Jazzwise’s website.  Posting on more than one website at a time as proved too much however,  so back here on home turf for posterity, interest (and perhaps as I spotted Jon Turney reflecting, vanity, here’s a very succinct round-up with links to the reviews (you know what to do, just click).

Martin Speake – Intention.  Prolific writer and altoist keeping ex- Bad company with Ethan Iverson on piano.

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas – Soundprints.   Oh my. Big Joe and Dave D continue ploughing Shorter-esque furrow to exhilarating effect.

Karen Sharp – The sun, the moon and you.   Tenorist in great form on a straight ahead set with top drawer  regular company

Kristjan Randalu – Absence.  Estonian pianist’s ECM debut with Brooklyn luminary Ben Mondor on guitar.

Dave Manington’s Riff Raff – Challenger Deep.   Another sumptuous outing from bassist – composer led ensemble. Feet, heart and head are engaged in equal measure.

Julian Arguelles’ Tetra – Tonadas.   Thrilling and moving, the Iberian flavours are to the fore with Ivo Neame completing the Tetra for this outing.

In addition to this little lot, I took in a what the Bath Festival had to offer in a jazzy direction and reviewed for Jazzwise.

There’ll be a few more posts in this direction as September and (shhh) Autumn rolls round, with some very tasty live music in the Bristol/ Bath area and few album releases in the review queue.


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