Oops, late again – but here‘s Tony Benjamin‘s gig list for the coming week.
As he says, new compositions from Greg Cordez will be good to hear on Wednesday. He’s a thoughtful and varied composer, as my CD review here noted.
The Kenny Garrett set at the Bebop club sounds good as well, but note that you can also hear the amazing Phronesis, just by getting train over to Bradford-on-Avon. The Wiltshire Music Centre’s about 10 mins walk up the hill from the station, and that’s where I’ll be on Friday night. A chance to hear this remarkable trio live is not to be missed.
And after that, there’s yet another choice booking, with Julian Arguelles’ Tetra at the Lantern at Colston Hall on Sunday night (12 June). That’s so enticing that Mr B has a separate preview here. This tour was the Guardian‘s jazz pick of the week, too. They really are one of the best quartets around, and bristling with talent – with Arguelles’ sax teamed with younger piano star Kit Downes, everyone’s favourite drummer James Maddren, and Sam Lasserson on bass. Their last Bristol appearance went down a treat at the Hen and Chicken, and they were even more impressive, if anything, at the Brecon Jazz festival, when I seem to remember comparing them to Keith Jarrett’s old “European” quartet. Not to imply that the music is the same, just trying to find a measure for how good they are.
This video captures them well.