ESSENTIAL CDS, VINYL AND BOOKS REVIEWED
ISSUE 264 JULY 2021 £6.50
Gary Crosby and Janine Irons
30 Years Of Super Charging British Jazz
“It won’t go away, the music is too strong” Suite Relief
Rising Above The Clouds
Everybody Still Digs...
Sunday at the Village Vanguard at 60
Jazz Folk Bloom
Chris Potter Chris Potter “The whole thing opened my head up”
On Miles Smiles
PLUS • Graham Costello’s Strata • Archipelago • Tristan Banks • Emilia Mårtensson Takes Five
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4 Jazzwise July 2021
Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Lakecia Benjamin and Bobby McFerrin to play EFG London Jazz Fest
There are some major names coming to this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 12 to 21 November as an in-person and livestreamed 10-day festival, with the Barbican now announcing its headliners. These include virtuoso singer Bobby McFerrin (pictured) and his vocal ensemble The Joy (13 Nov); boundary-crossing Turkish vocalist Aynur Doğan (14 Nov); bass supremo Avishai Cohen with support from Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran (16 Nov); a symphonic version of Soweto Kinch’s politicallycharged The Black Peril project performed with the London Symphony Orchestra (19 Nov); sax legend Charles Lloyd with his all-star Quintet of Gerald Clayton, Marvin Sewell, Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland (20 Nov) and a closing night set from US pianist Brad Mehldau on Sunday 21 November. Further concerts added to the bill include a collaboration at Kings Place between award-winning singer Cleveland Watkiss and pianist/composer Django Bates under the moniker Arts & Crafts, which will see the pair collaborate for the first time to explore Afro-Caribbean, American, and English folk culture through song, jazz and improvisation “from Armstrong to Bowie, from Bates to Watkiss”. Also newly announced is a rare London show from International Anthem-signed visual/sound artist Damon Locks and his Black Monument Ensemble who play music from their latest LP
NOW, at EartH, Hackney (15 Nov).
These shows join those already announced at the Southbank Centre which include Jazz Voice (RFH, 12 Nov); Vijay Iyer Trio with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey (QEH, 14 Nov); Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s celebration of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (QEH, 18 Nov); Orphy Robinson and flautist Rowland Sutherland’s Bryter Layter: A Nick Drake Celebration (QEH, 13 Nov) and an appearance by iconic tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain (RFH, 21 Nov). Cadogan Hall, near Sloane Square, has a strong programme with appearances from last month’s Jazzwise cover guitar star Julian Lage (12 Nov), phenomenal young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (13 Nov), a duet from bass and guitar luminaries Dave Holland and John Scofield (14 Nov) and vocal doyenne Dianne Reeves (20 Nov).
Other notable additions include NYC mavericks Irreversible Entanglements (Kings Place, 13 Nov), drummer Sarathy Korwar with special guests (EartH,
14 Nov), Joey Alexander + Noemi Nuti (Cadogan
Hall, 17 Nov), Kandace Springs (Alexandra Palace
Theatre, 18 Nov), Anthony Joseph (Kings Place, 18 Nov), Terje Isungset (Kings Place,
19 Nov), Jaimie Branch (Jazz Cafe, 19 Nov), Average White Band: Saturday Night Funk!
(RFH, 20 Nov), Bill Laurance & The Untold
Orchestra (Union Chapel, 20 Nov) and The Necks (Kings Place, 20 Nov). Jazzwise is festival media partner. For full listings and tickets visit www. efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
Miles and Mingus kick off Rhino BHM reissues As part of its US Black History Month celebrations, Warner Music’s reissue imprint Rhino Records is expanding its jazz catalogue with the reissue of two classic albums, plus a previously unissued Miles Davis live album. Recorded on 19 January 1974, Mingus At Carnegie Hall was released later that year as a single LP that featured just two [lengthy] tracks from the concert. Some 47 years later, the complete set will be released with over 72 minutes of unreleased material, played in its original order for the first time. The deluxe 3-LP, 2-CD set also features never-before-seen photos taken by original photographer Gal Costa and new liner notes by jazz historian and producer, Michael Cuscuna. The CD version is released this month, with the vinyl coming on 17 July. Also re-released is the 1958 collaboration between Milt Jackson and Ray Charles, Soul Brothers, Charles’ second ‘true’ studio album for Atlantic, following on from The Great Ray Charles. While he released R&B singles for the pop market during his time with the label, he used his LPs to explore modern jazz. Here he is heard both on piano and alto sax. Soul Brothers is released this month on mono vinyl. The Davis album, Merci Miles! [reviewed on page 50, and available on vinyl and CD] was recorded on 1 July 1991, at the Jazz à Vienne festival in France and was one of his last concerts before his death in September that year. For more info visit www.rhino.com