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Gig of the week – Kairos 4tet

April 25, 2011

I didn’t spot that there was a bit of a crowd of gigs coming up when I decided to do a pick of the week. Cheltenham Jazz Festival is too rich and fine to go into here, so there’s a policy decision: gig of the week in Bristol from now on.

That still leaves a few. There’s Larry Coryell, who some of us listened to a lot thirty years ago. He equalled and occasionally surpassed John McLaughlin in the jazz/rock hotshot stakes but also did great work with everyone from Gary Burton to the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra. He pops up at St Georges on Tuesday with an Indo-Jazz ensemble which sounds intriguing. Don’t know what they actually do, so won’t recommend, but we’ll be going I think.

Then Josh Arcoleo (seen last week with Kit Downes at Colston) is putting himself in the spotlight in the classic sax trio format at the bebop club on Friday. Local boy makes good? Well, he already did that. But this will be a chance to see just how good.

I’m going for another out of town ensemble though. The Kairos 4tet are returning to Jazz@FutureInns on Sunday. Their previous appearance was a memorably good evening, and with another year’s playing and a new CD’s worth of compositions, they ought to put on another excellent show. Like this…

The CD Statement of Intent has been getting great reviews. And with Ivo Neame as regular pianist and the great Jasper Hoiby on bass you get 2/3 of Phronesis for your money. If leader Adam Waldmann can keep sidemen like that on the case his compositions must be strong.

So as far as Bristol goes, they are a definite pick of the week. Won’t actually be there, alas, as we have a prior engagement with the Overtone Quartet in Cheltenham. No Dave Holland this time, as originally planned, but Larry Grenadier has stepped in on bass which is an enticing prospect. Hoiby is one of the few bass players in the world who could divert my attention from Holland. Grenadier another. Ah, decisions, decisions.

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