Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Assorted C&L update: Mark Pringle at the Oxford, Con Cellar on Friday, and *even more* Little Lions



Mark Pringle's Moveable Feast live at the Oxford

Pianist Mark Pringle put together an incredible band for this gig. Pringle's music brought the best out of this quartet - one can only imagine the additional joy had Josh Arcoleo been able to make the date as planned. Joe Wright's tenor tone was just so ridiculous - a flute one minute, a bone-saw the next. James Banner was boxing away so hard at that bass I thought it was going to fall apart in his arms - an exciting player with loads of great musical ideas. He and drummer Euan Palmer were so locked in; even during delightful, clattery, free passages, it was fruitless to try and discern where one player ended and the other began.

Con Cellar line-up for Friday

Ok, so the lineup for Friday is - as usual - awesome. Difference this time is that I should be able to make it *in person* this time. Everyone else should too.

Mark Lewandowski Quartet:
  • Mark Lewandowski – double bass
  • Tom Challenger – tenor sax
  • Liam Noble – piano
  • Gene Caldarazzo – drums
Lloyd Haines Trio:
  • Lloyd Haines – drums
  • Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax
  • Chris Hyson – double bass


More Little Lions to listen to...

This band keeps popping up every so often to lob very pretty music at the internet. This track was recorded live at Dempsey's in Cardiff, and made my Sunday morning just wonderful.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review: Alex Haines Trio EP launch with Rick Simpson's Klammer


Beautiful ambient country from Alex Haines joined by Alex Munk and Nick Jurd.

The launch was last Thursday at Jazz Nursery. Opening for them was a trio on deck featuring Nick Costley-White and Dave Hamblett, followed by Rick Simpson's Klammer ensemble (which is sounding just burning at the moment - looking forward to the album).

Seeing this band in the belly of the boat (Jazz Nursery takes place aboard the Golden Hinde II on the south bank - I have written about it before somewhere on here...) was an intense experience. Soaring, dusty tunes with delicate, warm textures - a welcome injection of eerily disembodied electric americana into the London scene.


Overall, it was a great night.

I was right on the lower deck for the Klammer set: It was incredible to see so many surprised and delighted faces as Rick writhed through his intensely difficult set. ("I've got to start writing some easier tunes!") They have developed a truly distinct voice, whirling through lines with a kaleidoscopic approach to time and tonality, it's music to focus on and get lost in. Rick warned that one song will "leave you feeling a bit weird". It's true; it's awesome.
Rick brings to the table a keen sense of communication that allows everyone to share in all the fun, beauty, and darkness that his ensemble has to offer. Just excellent.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Conor Chaplin, James Allsopp, Tim Giles live at the Con

Here's a must-listen set of standards recorded live at the Con Cellar. This lineup is great: James Allsopp, Conor Chaplin, and Tim Giles - it sounds incredible, and reminds me how much I miss hanging out at that amazing venue... such magic!