Is it something about the ‘coalition of chaos’? It seems that free improvisation has definitely gained a bigger foothold on the Bristol jazz scene this summer, and after last weeks feast of freedom there’s another prestigious improvising event at The Fringe this Wednesday (28). The Deep Trouble Trio features trombonist Sarah Gail Brand whose ‘outrageously earthy tone’ attracted critical acclaim when she emerged in the 90s. These days she’s a Professor of Improvisation at the Guildhall in London and this trio with Paul Rogers (bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) is a genuine all-star event.
The Old England stages another left-of-leftfield evening on Thursday (29) with a quadruple-bill that includes Rebecca Sneddon’s ‘barbed scree’ trio Drop to Destruction as well as ‘glitchy synth abstractions’ from DIY electronicist Chrx.
In a marked contrast to all this Canteen (Wednesday 28) has a return visit of New Orleans livewires Roamin Jasmine whose cheerful sound has all the accents of their hometown. Started as a busking operation they’ve become unofficial ambassadors of a new ‘post-Katrina’ musical generation.
More European flavours are on offer from cool Brussels jazz-popsters Whocat (Canteen, Thursday 29) and saxophonist Dino Christodoulou’s Milon (Salt Café, Friday 30). Fronted by slinky vocalist Sara Moonen the former make highly pleasing jazz-driven songs, while guitarist Neil Smith’s contribution to the latter weaves nicely with Dino’s often Greek-rooted sax.
And very much in the ‘last but not least’ category, Bristol-based quintet Sefrial bring their sophisticated contemporary jazz to Future Inn (Thursday 29). Initially inspired by the artful likes of John Zorn and others the band have developed their own distinctive sound that plays to the considerable strengths of their members, led by Dakhla Brass saxophonist Sophie Stockham.