We’ve been matchmaking this week, and you can hear what happened when trumpeter Byron Wallen met up with US saxophonist Steve Lehman and his trio for a date in the Jazz on 3 session studios.
This is no candle-lit rendez-vous, but the music produced plenty of heat and light. Wallen and Lehman start by establishing what they have in common – a huge admiration for pianist Andrew Hill – and a tune of his gets the set off and running. What’s fascinating about these one-off sessions is listening to musicians exploring music together for the first time. The trio has a fluent group dynamic already, weaving intricately in and around Lehman’s angular groove music. Add Wallen though and things get stirred up – listen to the way the rhythm section responds to the start of his solo on Pure Imagination. The fact that there’s nowhere to hide in this music makes Wallen’s bold approach to this potentially dangerous liaison all the more impressive.
Our interval feature this week focuses on another American visiting the UK – Keith Jarrett, who’s playing with his Standards trio in London next week. We can’t bring you the gig but it’s a great chance to run the rule over the Jarrett back catalogue and consider where he might go next – writer Geoff Dyer does just that.
To round off the programme we’ve got the rest of Paradoxical Frog’s performance at the Vision Festival, the first part of which we brought to you a few weeks ago. It’s another trio-plus-guest set-up, but the group’s fragmentary, semi-free approach provides quite a contrast to our opening set.