CD REVIEW: New York All-Stars (featuring Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern) – Burnin’ In London

This hard-hitting quartet led by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and piano master Harold Mabern produce a full-throttle set of virtuosic mainstream jazz recorded live at London’s Pizza Express club in November 2017.

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Around the LJF World in +10 Days —Gonzo Journalism from a Diehard Jazz Fan

Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Daryl Hall, Bernd Reiter

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Daryl Hall, Bernd Reiter

Martin Hummel, Harold Mabern

Martin Hummel, Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern

Martin Hummel, Eric Alexander

Martin Hummel, Eric Alexander

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander

Sunday, 19th November

Bernd Reiter New York All-Stars, featuring Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

Pizza Express Soho (Full)

Eric Alexander is undoubtedly one of the best living tenor sax players in the world. When you pair him with the legendary Harold Mabern on piano, and throw in John Hall/bass and Bernd Reiter/drums, you have a mesmerizing cocktail of straight-ahead take-no-prisoners mainstream bop. Although technically not included in the LJF program, this quartet is world class and it was a brilliant way to end a spectacular EFG London Jazz Festival.

Relationship: In Development

Performance: Immaculate

Around the LJF World in +10 Days —Gonzo Journalism from a Diehard Jazz Fan

Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Tom Harrison, Leo Richardson, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Tom Harrison, Leo Richardson, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Martin Hummel, Noemi Nuti

Martin Hummel, Noemi Nuti

Tom Harrison, Martin Hummel, Leo Richardson

Tom Harrison, Martin Hummel, Leo Richardson

Martin Hummel, Goatious Foot

Martin Hummel, Goatious Foot

martin Hummel, Georgia Van Etten

martin Hummel, Georgia Van Etten

Martin Hummel, Quentin Collins

Martin Hummel, Quentin Collins

Martin Hummel, Luc Saint Martin

Martin Hummel, Luc Saint Martin

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Sunday, 19th November

Quentin Collins Quartet

Pizza Express Soho Lunch Show (Sold Out)

Trumpet/flugelhorn ace Quentin Collins is mixing things up with a new band and some pulsating, soulful sounds. His latest line-up included Andrew McCormack/piano, Daniel Casimir/bass and Shane Forbes/drums. The audience was clearly ready for this one, as the band played a range of Collins’ compositions, including Peace of Silver, in tribute to the late master and performed by the Kyle Eastwood Band. It was a special one, and places Collins right back on the front foot of outstanding lead trumpeters in this country.

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Thrusting

Around the LJF World in +10 Days —Gonzo Journalism from a Diehard Jazz Fan

Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.

Noemi Nuti, Andrew McCormack

Noemi Nuti, Andrew McCormack

Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti, Josh Arcoleo, Rob Mullarkey, Josh Blackmore

Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti, Josh Arcoleo, Rob Mullarkey, Josh Blackmore

Andrew McCormack, Rob Mullarkey

Andrew McCormack, Rob Mullarkey

Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti

Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti

Josh Blackmore, Martin Hummel

Josh Blackmore, Martin Hummel

Martin Hummel, Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti

Martin Hummel, Andrew McCormack, Noemi Nuti

Wednesday, 15th November

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

Pizza Express Soho (Sold Out)

The one a lot of people had been waiting for. Graviton is on a few lists for Album of The Year and Jazz FM’s Chris Philips chose the show as one to see. McCormack and crew (see Monday’s GSMD band listing) did not disappoint. A musical cross between Steve Reich and Tigran on acid, the band flew through a repertoire of high octane bliss. An all-star line-up and one to watch for 2018.

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Captivating