Bob James and David Sanborn – Barbican, London.
The Headhunters – Under the Bridge, London
The first of this ilk, unveiled by Summers as the “first of three tunes from that first album we’ll play tonight” heard “Sly” flip from its mellow Moog beginnings, into a fallout of frantic drumming, wa-wa clavinet and shrill alto …
John Scofield Organic Trio – Ronnie Scott’s, London
Here without a new album to plug, just a night devoted to playing standards and some hand-picked ‘hits’ from his vast past catalogue, guitar-star Scofield and his supersidemen threw their all into a show centrally tuned to the delivery of hard swing, lyrical balladry and unrivalled jazz-funk showmanship.
Herbie Hancock:Plugged In – Royal Festival Hall
Albeit a set wet with creativity and some hip arrangement re-thinks, it was fair to slay some of the early improv that heard Hancock tangled up in sprawling, self-indulgent ballads, flitting awkwardly between knotty piano lines and punching percussion loops …
Ultrasound – the Scala, London
Whilst a show still faithful to all the first-time-rounders that bought into the group’s grandiose, glammy rock between ’97 and ’99, it speedily transpired that for every scream for “Suckle”, “Floodlit World” or “Same Band” (which for all of its …
Afro-Cuban Fiesta Feat. the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & The Pedrito Martinez Group – Barbican Centre, London.