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


Gig of the week/ weekend/ month..

Choices choices. Having inhaled deeply at St. James Wine Vaults last night (Art Themen with the Jazz House Trio – more soon on that one), the weekend presents a feast especially Sunday. You might think the obvious choice would be Seamus Blake (New York tyro, Mingus Dynasty mainstay and sometime Herbie collaborator) with Mark McKnight’s Organ Trio at the Colston Hall. The next in Ian Storrer’s series of outrageously high quality gigs (they kicked off with Marius Neset last week and it was awesome by all (blog) accounts).  But wait, what’s this? Christin Tobin, sublime singer with exquisite taste, fertile imagination, fabulous voice and top drawer band – all at the Wine Vaults in Bath on Sunday. I must confess, this may be a slightly stronger tug. See you there.