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4 Jazzwise October 2019
Soweto Kinch, Jazz Voice and ECM anniversary acts engorge EFG London Jazz Fest Line-Up The EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November, will feature the premiere of a new multi-media music and dance project from award-winning saxophonist and MC, Soweto Kinch, which will be performed at EartH, Hackney on 22 November. Entitled The Black Peril, the conceptual piece is inspired by the turbulent century of race relations and cultural clashes 100 years after the post-war ‘Red Summer’ riots of 1919 in the US and UK, seeking to tackle many of the thorny sociopolitical issues that still remain pertinent today. Reimagining ragtime, proto-jazz, West Indian folk music and the classical works from black composers of the period via hip hop and contemporary sounds, the music will be performed by a high-calibre 14-piece ensemble including musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago jazz stars Makaya McCraven and Junius Paul as well as dance choreographed by rising star Jade Hackett, all against a backdrop of news and archive film footage from 1919. An album of the music will be released early next year, with Kinch set to tour the project in the Spring of 2020.
Flames, Raul Midon, Judi Jackson, Cherise AdamsBurnett and Corinne Bailey Rae. The full line-up of gigs celebrating the ECM label’s 50th anniversary now include several Southbank Centre shows on 17 November by pianist Julia Hülsmann’s Quartet (Purcell Room), saxophonist Joe Lovano’s Trio Tapestry with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi (Queen Elizabeth Hall) and the Jan Garbarek Group (Royal Festival Hall). There are also opening night performances from ‘Zen-funk’ pianist Nik Bärtsch and artist Sophie Clements’ audiovisual project When The Clouds Clear: A Light and Sound Poem (Barbican) and leading Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski’s Trio (Cadogan Hall), both on 15 November.
Also announced are some of the special guest vocalists who will perform at the opening night Jazz Voice concert at the Royal Festival Hall (15 Nov) who include Cécile McLorin Salvant, Urban
Another epic opening nighter comes from renowned bassist/composer Barry Guy who performs the UK premiere of his stunning large scale work, The Blue Shroud (Purcell Room, 15 Nov) Inspired by Picasso’s powerful painting ‘Guernica’, the stellar pan-European ensemble includes the likes of singer Savina Yannatou, trumpeter Percy Pursglove and tenorist Per Texas Johansson among others. These concerts join those already announced in Jazzwise, who is festival media partner. For the full programme and tickets visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
Unreleased Coltrane Comes Out Of The Blue
Unreleased Coltrane Comes Out Of The Blue Blue World is the title of a previously unreleased John Coltrane Quartet studio session from 1964, released by Impulse! on 27 September on CD, LP and download. Unlike last year’s hugely successful Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album from 1963, which was mostly unreleased (though previously known about) sessions with a track included on earlier Impulse! compilations, Blue World is a genuinely unknown date. It’s not mentioned in Coltrane session logs or reference books, but turns out to be tracks recorded by the classic quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, for a Quebec film director Gilles Grouix, who was making Le Chat Dans Le Sac (The Cat In The Bag), a French New Wave movie set in Montreal. Grouix was a big Coltrane fan who was also friends with Jimmy Garrison, and Coltrane agreed to record some pieces for the film at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in June 1964, just after Crescent was tracked and before he went into record A Love Supreme in December. The new album features versions of previously recorded Coltrane compositions, including ‘Like Sonny’ and ‘Traneing In’, two takes of ‘Naima’ and three takes of ‘Village Blues’. The title-track is a memorable waltz-time piece built on a brooding rhythm section vamp which uses similar chord changes to the Harold Arlen composed ‘Out Of This World’, covered by Coltrane on the album Coltrane from 1962, and the album includes sleeve notes from Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn. Ultimately, only 10 minutes of music was used for the film soundtrack and, according to Rolling Stone magazine, the recording was not heard about again until Impulse! received it from the National Film Board of Canada last year.
is a genuinely unknown date. It’s not mentioned in Coltrane session logs is a genuinely unknown date. It’s not mentioned in Coltrane session logs