Been doing more CD reviews amid all the strangeness (already exceeded last year’s tally), so here’s a round up of the ones posted in the first half of 2020 by my friends at LondonJazz news – earliest first. Click title links below each image for full review.
Debut release by the great bassist’s outstanding new trio.
Another favourite virtuoso exploring new territory.
Another debut, from a Bristol band of great promise. One day, they’ll be able to reschedule the launch gig!
Also taken as a debut by some, ‘cos it’s on Blue Note, but the South African pianist has been making great records there for years.
Solo recital by master pianist in his 60th year. Fascinating.
First offering from another bassist, with a great Finnish quartet. Freebop fun with a contemporary touch.
A beautifully accomplished set from a very thoughtful pianist – slips down easy, despite it’s well-cloaked complexity.
Excellent trio CD from Troyka and My Iris’s guitar player, with lots of good stuff from a favourite keyboard player, Kit Downes.
Serpa is an outstanding Portugese singer, now in New York. This rather amazing set is the soundtrack for a film about her native country’s colonial (recent) past, but you don’t have to see the film to appreciate how fine it is.
Big band EP from crack young UK team, all done in lockdown – clever stuff.
It’s a club in LA with an unprepossessing name, but the revitalised Softs called there in their recent tour and left with the files for this fine release – a nice way to remember the 1970s…
All for now, but in the absence of any live gigs (the only one I have a ticket for has been rescheduled for July 2021) more to follow, probably. Hope there is something there to divert some people in the meantime. Good listening, all.