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Bristol jazz week – 6 Nov

November 6, 2017

Yet another packed week, as detailed here by Tony Benjamin, whose preview for Bristol247 seems to get more comprehensive every week. The ICP Orchestra in Bath tonight (Monday) have already been mentioned hereas has Andy Sheppard at St George’s on Thursday. Also an eye-catching prospect is the previously unheralded double bill downstairs at Cafe Kino on Wednesday – a good chance to catch Nick Malcolm’s new quartet Jade, who sound like this.


With all these extras, it’s easy to forget the regular weekly venues, but there’s another double bill at Future Inns on Thursday if you don’t fancy trying to squeeze into St George’s or fancy something cheaper at this particularly good value venue.

Audiences do seem a bit sparse at some of local gigs at the moment – The Bebop club last Friday a case in point. The crowd was also a little thin last night (Sunday) for the brilliant Robert Mitchell at the Hen and Chicken. A particular shame to miss that one, as the trio were working at a very high level, energised by their first live set with new drummer Marco Quarantotto, who has something of Anton Eger’s intensity.

Have to admit I wasn’t so sure about Mitchell’s words – not the sentiments thereof, which are solid humanist propositions, but their not-always-sparkling expression. They were lightly deployed, though, and the music he built round them was superb throughout. A real treat, and bodes well for the launch of his new album and accompanying book in London in a few days at Kings Place – in a jazz in the round triple bill that includes a solo set from Andy Sheppard if you’re in town. Mitchell’s set there boasts a dancer and video installation, but this regular trio outing was a very satisfying warm-up. I’ll be elsewhere sampling other offerings from the feast that is the London Jazz Festival that night, but Kings Place looks like an excellent bet on Saturday.

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