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NEON QUAR­TET

Sub­jekt Edi­tion In­ter-gen­er­a­tional bands used to be the norm in jazz but, in­creas­ingly, jazz school neo­phytes are form­ing bands among them­selves, thus miss­ing out on the wis­dom – mu­si­cal and oth­er­wise – that passes from one gen­er­a­tion to an­other on the band­stand. Neon Quar­tet buck that trend, match­ing veteran sax­o­phon­ist Stan Sulz­man with three of the UK’s most im­pres­sive young mu­si­cians: vi­bra­phon­ist Jim Hart, drum­mer Tim Giles and pi­anist Kit Downes. The re­sults are just as new and ex­cit­ing as any of the “boy­bands”, but there’s an un­usual warmth and hon­esty in their sound, the vibes, keys and drums pro­vid­ing a taut rhyth­mic plat­form for Sulz­man’s joy­ously lib­er­ated play­ing. Hart, Downes and Sulz­man each con­trib­ute in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tions, mak­ing for a co­her­ent, orig­i­nal sound that will ap­peal to young and old alike. neon­quar­tet.com

COR­MAC LARKIN ELIZABETH SHEP­HERD

Rewind Li­nus Some­times it takes an­other com­poser to find some­thing new in old tunes. Toronto vo­cal­ist and key­boardist Elizabeth Shep­herd usu­ally writes her own ma­te­rial, but preg­nancy left her with no time to spare so she de­cided to re­visit the songs that had been for­ma­tive for her. The re­sult is a pleas­antly idio­syn­cratic set of stan­dards and chan­sons turned into lounge jazz clas­sics. Among them are Love for Sale, taken at a lop­ing half-time funk; the much-cov­ered Feel­ing Good, re­an­i­mated in a loose-limbed seven groove; and Born to Be Blue, which sounds like the An­drews Sis­ters hooked up with Prince for the night. Shep­herd’s band can really play, and clas­sic key­boards such as the Wurl­itzer in­vest her imag­i­na­tive ar­range­ments with a laid-back hip­ness that is, let’s face it, what we all thought we were sign­ing up for in the first place. elizabethshepherd.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

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