CD reviews 08-09-08

Carla Bley Big Band: Appearing Nightly (Watt) ***** If there has developed a distinction between the big band (Basie, Kenton, Murray) and the jazz orchestra (Ellington, Evans, Schneider) then the Carla Bley band, despite its name, fell squarely in the latter… Read More ›

CD reviews 01-09-08

E.S.T.: Leucocyte (ACT) **** During the Swedish piano trio’s last Australian tour, they took a couple of days to go into a Sydney studio to jam – no pre-written material, just their instruments, some electronic gizmos and their extraordinary musical telepathy… Read More ›

DVD/CD reviews 25-08-08

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Standards I/II Tokyo (ECM DVD) *****   To mark the 25th anniversary of this possibly greatest of all piano trios, ECM has released a double DVD of two Tokyo concerts from 1985 and ’86. For those of… Read More ›

CD reviews 18-08-08

Kenny Barron: The Traveller (Emarcy) ***** Surely, one of the classiest pianists on the planet, with a new rhythm team comprising Japanese bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, plus, on a few tracks, saxophonist Steve Wilson and guitarist Lionel… Read More ›

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

This news arrived too late for my Birmingham Post jazz diary, so the power of the old ink on paper can’t help promote the amazing Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are in Birmingham on Sunday evening.The band comprises seven brothers, all… Read More ›