Review: Touchingly, the A side of latest single from Ruby Rushton is a tribute to de facto bandleader Tenderlonious' father, who spent many years working in Nepal. Entitled "Sun Khosi", the track is a brilliantly summery blast of percussive, Afro-fired jazz fusion laden with sweat-soaked horn blasts, snaking Latin trumpet lines, deep Rhodes notes and inspired alto flute solos from Tenderlonious. B-side "Chrysalis" was composed by keys-player Adrian Shepherd and was influenced by the style of one of his inspirations, jazz pianist John Taylor. It's up-tempo, bold, hugely enjoyable, electric piano-heavy and sits somewhere between jazz-funk and the kind of jazz-fusion fare made famous by Azymuth.
Review: After spending so much of their career to date releasing on Jazzman, it's interesting to see The Greg Foat Group make their way over to Athens Of The North for this cool and deadly new record. "The Dreaming Jewels" keeps the grooves simmering low down - all the sweeter to sink into. Just lock in on "Eric's Breakdown" and ask yourself if the track needs any more than that sweet conga flex. "The Door Into Summer" is a beautifully mellow jam too, all sultry Rhodes and sax to signal the start of lazy days. There are more tender moments and some breezier affairs, but the vibe remains chilled throughout this wonderful set from an accomplished band.
Review: Since debuting in 1978, composer and saxophonist John Zorn has built up a reputation as someone who regularly pulls jazz in different directions, following experimental or free-jazz sets with atonal workouts, modal movements or lounge jazz pleasantries. "Calculous", his latest two-part composition, crams a similar number of stylistic changes into its 40-minute duration, though remarkably those playing it - bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Kenny Wollenson and pianist Brian Marsella (Zorn is on production duties) - never skip a beat or stifle a surprise change-up. As a result, the two-part affair makes for hugely impressive and engrossing listening, with the resultant album being one of the most dynamic new jazz sets we've heard this year.