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A Final Farewell

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4 Jazzwise August 2019

Chrissie Hynde, Blue Note tributes and Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra for EFG London Jazz Festival Some sizable names have been added to the EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November, at stages across the capital. Among these is a performance from singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde (top left), of renowned rockers The Pretenders, who plays music from her upcoming jazz-influenced Valve Bone Woe at the Royal Festival Hall (24 Nov). The album, due for release in September, features a choice selection of jazz standards, such as John Coltrane’s ‘Naima’, alongside songs by Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Charles Mingus, Nick Drake, Ray Davies and Rodgers & Hammerstein, all of which will be performed by Hynde and her ensemble of leading UK jazz musicians.

pianist Axel Zwingenberger (Cadogan Hall, 18 Nov). There’s also a UK take on lesser-known gems from the Blue Note catalogue via artists associated with the now defunct Total Refreshment Centre, who come together for a roof-raising night (QEH, 15 Nov).

Also confirmed is an all-star tribute to Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the German founders of Blue Note Records, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The concert has been curated by Siggi Loch, owner/founder of German jazz label ACT, and features fiery French saxophonist Émile Parisien (above centre) and French/Israeli pianist Yaron Herman, alongside US players Theo Croker, Glenn Ferris, Joe Martin and Gerald Cleaver, with special guests saxophonist Benny Golson and

Further gigs include Mercury-nominated pianist Elliot Galvin and trumpeter Laura Jurd’s Quartet with bassist Ruth Goller and drummer Corrie Dick (Purcell Room, 22 Nov); US sax great Gary Bartz, who collaborates with spiritual jazzers Maisha and lauded US singer Dwight Trible (Royal Festival Hall, 16 Nov): award-winning singer Cherise AdamsBurnett’s charming family show, Evelyn & the Yellow Birds (12noon, Purcell Room, 23 Nov); the Juno and Grammy award-winning sax/trumpet sisters Christine and Ingrid Jensen (top right) who lead the heavyweight Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra that’s packed with top players associated with the London-based label (Purcell Room, 23 Nov) and the restlessly creative Art Ensemble of Chicago mark their 50th anniversary in emphatic style at the Barbican (23 Nov). These shows join those already announced in Jazzwise, who are festival media partners. For the full line up and tickets visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Miles’ Lost Rubberband Album Snaps Back

Rubberband, a previously unissued 1985 album by Miles Davis, is released on 6 September via Warner Bros. Featuring 11 tracks, the music has been completed by its original producers and Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr, with new vocal contributions from Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi. Davis had just made the shock move of leaving Columbia, his label of 30 years, shifting to Warners, where he would subsequently take a bold new approach embracing electronic sounds and the latest production techniques. The Rubberband sessions began in October 1985, with Davis working alongside producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles at LA’s Ameraycan Studios. They were something of a radical departure from the gritty jazz-funk of his final Columbia albums,

with a newly formed studio group of keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey, percussionist Steve Reid, saxophonist Glen Burris, and Wilburn Jr. on drums. Collectively they explored funk and soul grooves, while there were also plans to feature powerhouse vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan on the sessions. However, the album was shelved, Davis subsequently recording Tutu, with the Rubberband tracks remaining in the vaults for the best part of 30 years. Davis’ fans finally got a taste of the long-lost album last year with the release of a fourtrack Rubberband EP for Record Store Day. Now Rhino/Warner Records will release the entire

11-track Rubberband album on CD, LP, and digitally, on what will be the 60th anniversary of Davis’ most totemic album, Kind of Blue.

For more info visit www.milesdavis.com

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