There is some “real jazz” on this week but there is also some excellent jazz-tinged music that is well worth checking out.
First a trip into the country and the exemplary acoustic piano trio of Sweden’s Bobo Stenson. They are at the Edge Arts Centre in Much Wenlock on Thursday.
Stenson is an archetypal ECM records pianist (and I mean that in all the best senses) – he is as likely to adapt a piece by the classical composer Alban Berg or the Tango master Astor Piazzolla to his ends as he is an Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman tune.
He does all those things on his latest ECM disc, called Cantando, which is currently receiving rave reviews and which features the same band as playing here – bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Jon Fait complete the line-up.
It starts at 8pm, tickets are £12 (£10) from 01952 728509 or online at edgeartscentre.co.uk
* Over at the Warwick Arts Centre Tuesday evening, the theatre will be filled with the new tango voice and band of Daniel Melingo.
Melingo’s latest album, Meldito Tango, shows him to have the charisma and genre-hopping accessibility of Tom Waits or the Italian Paolo Conte.
He started out as a rock musician and later wrote film music for the Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar.
He uses highly skilled musicians and it looks from Youtube footage like he is a compelling performer.
On Sunday at the same venue, the jazz tinges to tango become more overt with a gig by the Tango Siempre Quintet, joined by bandoneon player Paulo Russo.
Daniel Melingo is in the WAC Theatre at 8pm tomorrow, tickets £15.50 (£12.50) and Tango Siempre are in the WAC Studio at 7.45pm on Sunday, tickets £12.50 (£10.50). All available from warwickartscentre.co.uk or on 024 7652 4524.
* Tuesday, too, sees the first Birmingham outing for the Sleepthief Trio: Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Liam Noble on piano, and, from across the pond, the one and only Tom Rainey on drums.
Laubrock has moved further into the left field of more free improvisation and less structure with each of her projects and has built up a strong rapport with Noble so fresh sounds and close listening will be the order of the evening. And I could listen to Rainey for as long as he’ll play. A real original.
Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief Trio are at the Recital Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire at 7.30pm Tuesday evening. Tickets are £8 (£6) on the door or in advance on 0121 303 2323. This is a Birmingham Jazz gig.
If the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and his legacy is your thing, it might be worth a trip out to Lichfield on Sunday, where the Angelo Debarre Quartet keeps the flag flying. They are at the Guildhall in the centre of town; it’s an atmospheric place and draws a warm crowd. Tickets are £13 (£12 concs; £7 students) on the door or from 01543 262223. This is a Lichfield Arts gig.
Finally, if you missed the excellent gig by the John Escreet Group with David Binney earlier this month, you get another chance to hear it tonight. The concert at the CBSO Centre was recorded by the BBC and is broadcast on Jazz on 3 this evening. The programme starts at 11.15pm. Listen carefully for the bit where drummer Tyshawn Sorey starts to throw his sticks across the room and empty his stick bag onto the wooden floor to enjoy the random percussion sounds they make. It’s behind a lovely trumpet solo by Ambrose Akinmusire.
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