The last couple of months or so have been quiet on this particular front, proof once again to me were it necessary, that there are a limit to the hours in the day and the number of directions in which I can channel attention and effort. A fair bit of that effort has been non-jazz related, happily there’s been plenty of music and I’ve written elsewhere, if not here. I’ve collected most of it together below, partly to catalogue, and as a re-entry for this blog. Ambleside Days Festival was a real highlight and back in May, Cheltenham was a vintage edition of that festival with one of the quietest moments, Marc Copland’s solo set, being one of the most luminous in the memory.
The round-up/ summary looks like it will become a bit of a favoured format for a while, both of live experiences and recorded. Coming very soon then, a bit of a round up of CDs I’ve been listening to, a lovely mix of local-ish to Bristol/ Bath, UK wide and a sprinkling of Nordic.
First though, the collection of writing posted elsewhere, roughly in reverse chronological order:
Ambleside Days Festival Reviews
CD Reviews (for London Jazz News)
- Giovanni Guido – Avec Le Temps
- Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between The Shadow and The Soul
- Laurence Hobgood – Tesserata
- Mike Walker – Ropes
- Bridges with Seamus Blake – Continuum
- Sam Leak/ Dan Tepfer – Adrift
Cheltenham Festival Gig Reviews (for London Jazz)
Photos: John Watson