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London Jazz Festival 2020 - virtual

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I've thought that a good job has been done by all programming this given the circumstances. Relying on largely homegrown talent or 'borrowed' streams from other international festivals there's been some interesting listens, many of which are still to be had on the festival's YouTube site.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeKhBSRjqz3TIBC-W5Lz7Mw

Highlights for me have been,

Lithuanian Jazz Festival stream - some great music from unknown to me artists
Emma-Jean Thackray - mixing Miles BB period with dance influences, very successfully
Hedvig Mollestad & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - Molde Jazz Festival.  Clever writing for larger ensemble even if a couple of times I thought it needed a roger Dean cover.
Sarathy Korwar stream - I think this guy's a big talent, this stream showed why I think
Nathaniel Facey/Gary Crosby - Tribute to Bird - fiery stuff

and still to come on my radar,

Irreversible Entanglements - my favourite contemporary Jazz group
Binker Golding with Olie Brice and Steve Noble - I'm interested to hear him in this company
Brice in a trio with Tom Challenger from the Vortex
A session of Turkish psychedelic Jazz - whatever that is, I'm interested to find out
 

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Olie Brice, Tom Challenger and Will Glaser stream from The Vortex was as good, if not better than, I'd hoped. Tremendous trio

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Listened to most of the Turkish jazz set.  Quite interesting and I was definitely jealous of the weather (the performances were all shot outdoors on the Istanbul waterfront).

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I need some sunshine, I must catch up with it

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2 hours ago, mjazzg said:

I need some sunshine, I must catch up with it

About halfway through dusk sets in but you have a solid hour of music in the sun. 

Thanks for pointing us in the right direction in the first place.

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Like Sidewinder, I enjoyed the Esquire Records talk. Seed Ensemble were good,  once they dispensed with the Pharoah Sanders themes which i didn’t think came off. Yazz Ahmed was good, v original. I may watch that one again.

Anthony

London

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4 hours ago, ejp626 said:

About halfway through dusk sets in but you have a solid hour of music in the sun. 

Thanks for pointing us in the right direction in the first place.

Watching this now. I'm very taken by Baba Zulu, the trio with the electric Saz.  I'd heard one of their albums recently and live they're even better.  Can't believe they played Café Oto last year - not really a surprise as it's located in an area of significant Turkish population.

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