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Aurora Clean Feed ★★★★ The com­bi­na­tion of ad­ven­tur­ous Por­tuguese vo­cal­ist Sara Serpa and leg­endary “Third Stream” pi­anist Ran Blake is an in­spired sum­mer-win­ter pair­ing. The two met first as stu­dent and teacher at Bos­ton’s New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory, but since their first duo record­ing (2001’s ex­cel­lent

Cam­era Ob­scura) the re­la­tion­ship has ma­tured into some­thing quite unique and orig­i­nal. Blake’s darkly enig­matic har­monies, del­i­cately poised be­tween form and free­dom, throw Serpa’s un­af­fected but af­fect­ing vo­cals into sharp re­lief; the re­sults stand along­side the very best of the pi­ano-vo­cal tradition. their lat­est of­fer­ing, recorded live in Lis­bon ear­lier this year, is a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of lesser spot­ted stan­dards, in­clud­ing a riv­et­ing ver­sion of Bil­lie Hol­i­day’s po­lit­i­cally charged Strange Fruit and quirky takes on old Tin Pan Alley chest­nuts The Band Played On and Last Night When We Were

Young. saraserpa. com


Banned in Lon­don Whirl­wind ★★★★ The ti­tle is a nod to Banned in

New York, sax­o­phon­ist Greg Osby’s lo-fi but highly in­flu­en­tial “boot­leg” of his own band burn­ing down a Man­hat­tan club in 1998. This time Osby is hon­oured guest at a more hi-tech af­fair led by Cuban pi­anist Aruán Or­tiz and US bassist Michael Janisch. For what was des­tined to be one of the hits of last year’s Lon­don Jazz Fes­ti­val, they sum­moned up their dream quintet with Osby, ris­ing French-Cata­lan trum­peter Ray­nald Colom and hot New York drum­mer Rudy Roys­ton. What fol­lowed was a mas­ter­class in spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion, with a first-rate group, and Roys­ton in par­tic­u­lar, in­can­des­cent on a mix of orig­i­nals and stan­dards, sum­mon­ing the spirit of the leg­endary Miles Davis quintet of the 1960s, but tak­ing it to a new part of the har­monic and rhyth­mic for­est. aomjquin tet.com COR­MAC LARKIN

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