I know we still have the thrills and spills of an English summer to enjoy yet, but it’s never too early to plan a couple of autumn treats, and here are two big ones from Jazzlines.
Saxophonist David Murray is bringing his Infinity Quartet to Birmingham on Friday 18 October. One of the great tenor players of the last 40 years or so, in my view, Murray has a new album out with nearly this band – Nasheet Waits on drums and Jaribu Shahid on bass are on the UK tour, though album pianist Marc Cary is replaced by Thornton Hudson Jr.
It’s called Be My Monster Love, and the album (on Motema Music and to be reviewed here shortly) also features vocals from Gregory Porter and Macy Gray.
The Birmingham concert is at the CBSO Centre, with the late Andy Hamilton’s youth project band, The Notebenders, in support – Murray and Hamilton were great friends.
And, a month and a bit before that, this time at the Adrian Boult Hall, former E.S.T. drummer Magnus Ostrom brings his new band to town. Ostrom also has a new album on the way, called Searching For Jupiter, and will be appearing in a quartet with bass, guitar and piano. If Searching For Jupiter is anywhere near as good as the Swede’s first release in his own name, Thread Of Life, this should be something special.