So here it is… the second edition of ‘The Record Pool’. Just a little late this month as the end of February caught us a bit by surprise and short on time, but let’s finally close out the month here at The Jazz Meet and take a fresh look back at a few of the records that caught our attention over the course of the past 30 days. Unearthing three more albums that run the full gamut of current jazz flavours, we present a lost début recording from saxophonist Nat Birchall, an electronic jazz project from Mark de Clive-Lowe and a digital only project from pianist Eddie Moore and his quartet The Outer Circle. Read below for our thoughts on each recording and peep the samples to get a much fuller picture of each project. ———- ———- For the Hard Bop Enthusiast Nat Birchall – The Sixth Sense Available on Sound Soul
As we’re now nearly 30 days into the start of 2013, we thought there would be no better time to launch a new feature on the website where we dig a little deeper into the new jazz releases making the rounds each month. As we put together our annual 2012 Jazz Retrospective mixtapes, we realised just how much great new music is still being released across the jazz spectrum but often, except for the odd review here or there, we tend to only mention it in passing over on our Facebook page. Below is our initial attempt at rectifying this situation, as we present the first in what we’ve affectionately dubbed ‘The Record Pool’. This month, we pick three releases – two previously unreleased reissues and a Blue Note Records début – that are more than worthy of a portion of your January pay packet! Let us know what you think… ———-
Another super release by way of West London and the Jazz Re:freshed crew. Fresh from their star turn at The Jazz Meet this past November, it’s Grant Windsor and Richard Spaven again on the collab as the pair, alongside accomplished bassist Neville ‘Level’ Malcolm, create a new project ‘The Sure Co’. The first material to see the light of day is this EP, part of the ongoing Jazz Re:freshed 5ive series, which has also seen music released from Kaidi Tatham and, of course, the man Spaven! Both Windsor and Spaven have a history when it comes to recording together but the actual seeds were sown for this project as all three musicians toured with Jose James, Gregory Porter, Nailah Porter, and TY. The defining moment came during sound check on one particular trip to Germany with US jazz vocalist Nailah Porter, when after some deliberation, the trio finally decided to head into the studio and record some material. The fruits of that session
The talented British pianist and composer Greg Foat is back. After wooing fans with his début album back in 2011, Mr Foat immediately returned to the studio to write the follow-up. Having initially heard glimpses of the new material when his band played live at The Jazz Meet back in March, we can now happily report that the full album officially dropped this week and can be purchased via your local retailer (or direct from the Jazzman Records website). So just how do you follow an album that was labelled an instant classic in some quarters (yes, including us!) and featured in many year-end lists as well as being named one of the best jazz albums of 2011 at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards? Well it seems Greg knows the answer. Speaking about the project back in March, Greg said that “It is pretty special, it is like a companion album to ‘Dark
The Jazz Meet reviews the newly reissued ‘Piano’ by Haitian pianist Henri-Pierre Noël, available now on the Wah Wah 45s imprint. Click to read our review.