Monday, 3 August 2015

Sam Leak Big Band - Listen now to the entire suite...



This is absolutely mega. Sam Leak has released his whole suite of big band music from last year's London Jazz Festival - intense music. Alec Harper's solo - starting just after the 8 minute mark - is amazing, and backed with just the nastiest storm of big band, eventually giving way to (at first) cleanly stated hymn-like chords from Sam himself. And then it really really swings. The horn entry under Sam's piano after that is almost grimy.
Lluis Mather comes in around 24:30 with a searching, imaginative improvisation - followed by Sam Rapley demonstrating once again (if briefly) that the bass clarinet is a sonic force to be reckoned with even in the context of an entire big band.
I think you just have to listen to it. It's fun, and it's interesting. All in all a mighty fine way to spend 54'23".

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Crushing piano trio magic - ENEMY live in Brighton



Here are Kit Downes, James Maddren and Petter Eldh absolutely killing it live at the Verdict in Brighton earlier this year. This is precise, immersive, and frankly dangerous music - I don't want to touch it; I want to dive headfirst into it. The sense of enjoyment, wonder, and humour is infectious - and all the while, they remain unafraid to present the listener with the magic beauty they've found.