Coming up – Stapleton/Yates/Neame, St George’s, Feb 4
Last year, Edition records treated St George’s patrons to a free night out to hear the remarkable duo of Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset – who sounded fantastic in the old space.
Next week, they’re at it again, with an Edition showcase on Monday evening. This time there’s a duo featuring composer, label founder and all-round energiser Dave Stapleton on piano and trumpeter Neil Yates. Yates lovely jazzy/folky trio record on Edition has been a little under-recognised, I fancy, but is well worth investigating. The duo with Stapleton is new, as far as I know, but both are resourceful players who produce nicely rhythmic and melodic music in an endless stream so the collaboration is bound to work. (There’s a date for an “Edition quartet” featuring these two with Neset and Herskedal at the Cheltenham Jazz festival, incidentally, which is intriguing, too).
Monday also features a solo set from pianist Ivo Neame (also saxophonist, but not heard him do that for a while). He’s done great things with Phronesis, his own Nonet, and others, so the chance to hear him alone at the keyboard is one to relish.
Not actually free this time (St George’s have to pay for heat and light!), but only a fiver. Can’t be bad.
First post here for a little while as I’ve been putting time into trying to help promote the Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest, now only a few weeks away. But should note that Dakhla’s album launch at the Cube was irrestistible fun – as Tony Benjamin says here – and so is the new album. And John Law’s trio set at the Be-Bop club last week was, if anything, even better than the preview here suggested. All three players seemed to relish the intimate space and close attention of the packed audience, as Law said at the end, and it brought out the very best in their music. Hearing Dakhla was a pleasure. But hearing the quality of invention and interaction from this great trio was a privilege. Really astoundingly good.