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