Album: John Donaldson's Unity, Nearer Awakening (Laughing Lettuce)

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American-in-Brighton pianist Donaldson and his quartet pay tribute to the music of the late, great expatriate South African Bheki Mseleku, reminding you what fantastic blowing-vehicles his compositions make.

It's a mainstream-modern approach whose extroverted style doesn't really try to get to the heart of Mseleku's more spiritual or troubled side, but the best numbers – the opening "Joy", a rippling "Timelessness", the beautiful title track – satisfy head, heart and funkily tapping feet. Ian Price plays tenor sax.

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