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Bristol jazz this week

September 25, 2017
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There are so many promising young musicians touring at the moment it’s hard to keep up with them. Following last week’s double bill at Future Inns – a venue that still rarely seems to draw the audiences its players deserve – there’s another outstanding-looking line-up there this Thursday. Mosaic features not one but two winners of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Prize, leader and vibes player Ralph Wyld and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado (also appearing last week with Tom Millar). Wyld has played Future Inns before (can’t remember who with) and you may have seen him with Yazz Ahmed at the Bristol jazz festival. His own band is an ambitious sextet featuring trumpet, clarinet and cello, and John Fordham’s review of their recent CD said it was “a cool but very joined-up genre-crossing venture for an unusual lineup”. Wyld has also collected the Dankworth prize for jazz composition, and is all set for a great career. You can listen to the CD here. Fordham’s review attracted the comment that they were great to hear live as well.

Then on Friday at the BeBop club pianist Mark Pringle presents his new quartet, bringing us musicians he’s been playing with in Berlin, where he’s currently based. I’ve really enjoyed the two recordings of his I’ve heard – a duo with his former teacher John Law and a suite for an 11-piece ensemble, inspired by time spent in Paris, which I reviewed here. The quartet will be different, bringing together Tobias Andersson from Sweden on guitar,  James Banner on Double Bass and Spaniard João Lopes Pereira on drums. In interview, Pringle says the group offers “simple melodies overlaying undercurrents of driving swing, with a harmonic palette that draws on Scandinavian folk music, Paul Motian and Béla Bartók (to name just a few)”. Really wish I could catch this first night of a short UK tour, but I have a prior engagement with the Brodsky Quartet at St Georges… So I’ll have to settle for this for now.


Before these two, Bristol trumpeter Nick Malcolm showcases his Jade quartet at the Fringe on Wednesday, with Jake McMurchie on sax, Will Harris, bass and Ric Yarborough, drums, while the brilliant guitarist Dan Messore pops into Bristol for a welcome visit to the Canteen the same evening.

And one of our very few convincing jazz violinists, Christian Garrick, continues an impressive series of Sunday gigs at the Hen and Chicken, where Jez Cook (guitar), Andy Crowdy (bass), Eddie Hession (accordion) and Tom Hooper (drums) will help him conjure the Spirit of Stephanenamed for Stephane Grappelli, one of the most extraordinary natural musicians of the last century. Garrick, son of the late pianist and composer Michael, is a more schooled player than the Frenchman, but just as much of a virtuoso, and has Grappelli’s ability to reel off swinging melodic lines that you don’t want to stop.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Leonard permalink
    September 27, 2017 5:15 pm

    Pleased to see that the “Mainly Jazz” blog is back up to critical speed with this post demonstrating its importance to us followers. I hope to back up to speed myself before too long.

  2. September 27, 2017 6:00 pm

    Hi Chris! This is me filling a (temporary) gap, I hope. It reminds me it’s quite time-consuming to do this every week 🙂
    Will try to do at least a “gig” of the week, though, as the Autumn calendar unfolds.

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