Seamus Blake Band, 10 February 2017

It is sometimes said of symphonic works that the power of music is in the writing, not the size of the orchestra—and much the same applies to jazz ensembles, but with the emphasis on the improvisation. By any measure, the Seamus Blake band is a ‘power trio’—and powerful in all the ways that make for…

Trish Clowes’ My Iris, 20th January 2017

For sheer variety and adventurousness, this band can’t have many competitors. It is important that improvising musicians should continue to write and perform fresh material: it hardly displaces affection for the Great American Songbook—and what musician worthy of the name would accept boundaries around that most creative of endeavours, improvisation? Nearly all of the material…