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I’ve just moved house and don’t yet have broadband up-and-running at my new bit, so blogging will continue to be light for a while.

Jim Hart Trio and Corrie Dick Trio

Vale Bar, 25 July 2010

Last Sunday’s gig by the Jim Hart Trio was excellent, even if trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s schedule meant that he wasn’t able to play on this, the last night of the band’s tour. On several numbers there was an interesting contrast between Michael Janisch’s rhythmic propulsive bass-playing and the softer attack of Jim Hart’s vibes playing, with drummer Dave Smith adding lots of interesting colouring and prompts. They mainly played Hart’s compositions, but included a couple by Ralph Alessi and a marvellous version of Monk’s “Bye-Ya”.

There’s a review of their Edinburgh gig (with Alessi) in the Herald.

The evening opened with a brief but enjoyable set from the Corrie Dick Trio: Dick on drums, Phil Cardwell on trumpet, and Pete Johnstone on organ. As well as a lot of fine individual playing, there was the sort of interaction between the musicians which suggests they have a good future ahead of them as a band. I do wish Pete Johnstone would stop humming along with his solos, though. It’s annoying when Bud Powell does it, it’s annoying when Keith Jarrett does it, and, er, it’s just annoying.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Preview

Speaking of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival starts today. There maybe aren’t many big names this time round, but there’s a lot of interesting looking stuff, including visits from David Berkman, New York sax player Frank Perowsky, composer and arranger (and drummer) John Hollenbeck, France’s Orchestre National de Jazz, and Joe Temperley. Contributions from the locals include Laura Macdonald getting back together with Swedish drummer Martina Almgren, a new Tommy Smith group, and the Edinburgh Festival Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to Count Basie (with Brian Kellock on piano). There’s also an odd-looking project from Tom Bancroft which opens with sets from two medium-sized bands, one led by him and one led by Laura Macdonald before the two outfits get together as a big band: the musicians involved in this include Zoe Rahman, Annie Whitehead, Joakim Milder and Byron Wallen, so it’s definitely got potential.

Unfortunately for Glasgow residents, there isn’t much on through the day at weekends. I find Edinburgh’s just that wee bit too far away to go through for one gig, unless it’s someone really special. Full details of events are on the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival web site.