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Iconic saxophonist Wayne Shorter is set to make a dramatic return with his epic new triple album, Emanon (or 'no name' spelt backwards), accompanied by a self-penned graphic novel, illustrated by renowned artist Randy DuBurke and co-written with Monica Sly. Released on Blue Note on 24 August, the day before Shorter's 85th birthday, the first section of the album documents a 2013 studio session featuring his four-part orchestral work performed by the 34-piece Polish Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and his Quartet of Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. The latter half of the album features the Quartet recorded live in London in 2015, the day after it was debuted at Carnegie Hall.

Conceptually complex, the album finds Shorter drawing on his lifelong love of comics and graphic novels, sci-fi, Buddhism and quantum physics, all of which has informed DuBurke's artwork, with an introductory note from bassist Esperanza Spalding. According to Shorter, the orchestral nature of the music stems from a conversation he had with Miles Davis just before the trumpeter's death in 1991: "He said, 'Wayne, I want you to write something for me with strings and an orchestra, but make sure you put a window in so I can get out of there.'" Early listens confirm that the dialogue between orchestra and Shorter's characteristically incisive soprano sax is densely detailed and empathetic, the saxophonist in imperious form throughout.

- Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.bluenote.com

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Day-trippers pour out of the trains in their hundreds, heading straight for sand and sea in the endless sun. Jazz Re:freshed have taken their sixth celebration of the new scene they've helped catalyse on a seaside break, too, relocating from London's South Bank to Brighton's Dome. This attempt to spread a movement already characterised by its outward focus is rewarded by a crowd of well over a thousand, choosing to swap sunlight for uplift by seven barely-known jazz bands.

"This is not a passive environment," the MC advises, but noon arrivals for Brighton's Vels Trio still stand docilely in light from the stage, like a scene from Close Encounters. Rolling keyboard grooves define an as yet unexceptional band, before Leeds' Gondwana-signed Noya Rao toy with post-techno rhythmic rigidity, and add bossa nova swing to soul vocals. Daniel Casimir's intimate upright-bass solo soon becomes buzzingly propulsive, in a taste of more conventional jazz which joins necessary dots. This Nubya Garcia bandmate is joined by his Escapee EP singer and co-writer Tess Hirst in a warmly organic, if low-key, sound.

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Female collective Nérija are currently in the shade of Garcia's breakout glow, but altoist Cassie Kinoshi, with guitarist Shirley Tetteh and trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey also in tow from that crucial unit, deserves similar success with her 10-piece Seed Ensemble. Their first symphonic jazz piece is named 'The Darkies', in take-that riposte to a resurgence in 1950s-style racism. The next song is dedicated to Grenfell Tower's victims of social schism, with electric keys as the adhesive root to a trumpet's reproachful rise and Kinoshi's modal flight. Tetteh locks into her own time and space between the drums. Then guest poet Zana's searing words of "resounding disgust" match Kate Tempest, before the Afro-futurist redemption of Kinoshi's 'Afro More'. Her undemonstrative command, compositions and quiet ballsiness suggest Seed Ensemble's album will be special.

Yussef Dayes' drumming is a climactic contrast. The muscular tension of his presence and a bass drum like an ogre demanding entry are constants. His snare's dry snap and Senegalese-style percussion, the half-speed drum'n'bass beats and zooming guitar interplay, are virtuosity as visceral force. His string vest and tracksuit bottoms, meanwhile, kiss goodbye to post-war jazz suits. The perils of jamming mean his band's energy sometimes drops, but his charisma never does.

Criticism that this scene isn't groundbreaking enough has credence, as fusion and jazz-funk sometimes seem default positions, lightly dusted by contemporary rhythms. But, as with Love Supreme, the live reality's bliss brooks no argument. From the four-year-old black boy concocting his own complex dance in a corner, to the septuagenarian white jazz faithful digging the new scene from the back rows, and from the young women loving drum solos to the young women playing sax solos, the jazz walls have come tumbling down.

Music which has sometimes been fearfully insular is reawakening as a utopia.

Nick Hasted
– Photos by Lisa Wormsley 

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The south coast's premier experimental music symposium – the Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival – makes a welcome return with its third iteration taking place throughout October 2018. Presenting over a dozen acts in four venues, thrill-seekers can expect a diverse programme of local, national and international artists from the world of creative, improvised music.

Highlights include performances from Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston, plus Entropi (The Verdict, 4 October), Terry Riley (St Luke's Church, 7-8 October), Peter Brötzmann's Full Blast (pictured), Irreversible Entanglements, Matthew Shipp & Ivo Perelman, Dinosaur and Adam Fairhall (St Luke's Church, 13 October), Ashley Paul (The Rose Hill, 20 October) and Sons of Kemet (Komedia, 30 October).

Spencer Grady

For more details and ticket info visit www.brightonalternativejazzfestival.com

Electronica jazz trio Szun Waves release their second album, New Hymn To Freedom (Leaf Label), on 31 August. They support the LP with a series of live dates and a new single (below), entitled 'Temple'.

Featuring Portico Quartet/Circle Traps saxophonist Jack Wyllie, Australian drummer Laurence Pike and Norfolk synth man Luke Abbott, the band create immersive freeform soundscapes and spacious dance-inflected grooves to hypnotic effect.

Catch them live on the following dates: Space Gallery, London (30 Aug); PLX Tjärö Festival, Kalrshamn, Sweden (31 Aug); The Exchange, Bristol (23 Nov); Soup Kitchen, Manchester (24 Nov) and Headrow House, Leeds (25 Nov).

For more info visit szunwaves.bandcamp.com

US saxophonist Donny McCaslin follows the breakthrough success of 2016's Beyond Now, with a new art-rock influenced long-player, Blow, which is set for release on 5 October on the Motéma label. McCaslin's key role in David Bowie's final, and widely-acclaimed Blackstar album, which featured his high-impact New York band of bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana and keyboardist Jason Lindner, helped bring cutting-edge jazz to a mass audience (in a parallel rock-edged move to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly).

Building on Beyond Now's hook-driven synth-heavy sound, the new set features guest vocalists on nearly all of its nine songs, with the politicised first single, 'What about the Body', showcasing the lyrics and keening voice of Ryan Dahle. McCaslin and his band hit the road in support of the album and will play their biggest UK gig to date at Scala, London on 7 October, with two further appearances at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland (28 Oct) and Band on the Wall, Manchester (30 Oct).

Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.donnymccaslin.com and the October issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with McCaslin about the album

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