Album: Gavin Barras Quintet, Day of Reckoning (ASC)
The first jazz response to last summer's riots, inspired by bassist Barras's experience travelling back from a gig at Ronnie Scott's to his home in Manchester, where he watched TV news with the sound down as he composed the material for this album.
It's a quintet, with Ed Jones on tenor, Corey Mwamba on vibes, Steve Plews on piano and Dave Walsh on drums and the overall mood is swinging but edgy, with Jones wailing mightily.
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