James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Donny McCaslin and Matthew Herbert rule the first week roost at London Jazz Fest

James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Donny McCaslin and Matthew Herbert rule the first week roost at London Jazz Fest

But the best was still to come at Kings Place with an inspired meeting of the supreme Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, pianist Giovanni Guidi and the innovative Brit electronica artist Matthew Herbert. They quickly set up a transcendental symphony of Herbert’s treated industrial ‘found sound’ with ghostly nostalgic echoes of film soundtracks (from Lalo Schifrin to Nino Rota), jazz age swing, contemporary classical music and Miles-like flugelhorn sketches. It was out of this world and the one to beat going into the final weekend of the festival.
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