Here are two photos (credit: Stephen Jay) from last Thursday’s gig by the Michael Janisch Quintet at an enthusiastically attende Epsom Playhouse. This band (with Jochen Ruckert replacing Clarence Penn on drums) is at the Pizza Express tomorrow and Wednesday. Recommended.
The first shot is of the band: from left to right Clarence Penn, Janisch, Paul Booth, Jason Palmer and Jim Hart.
The second is of me interviewing Michael Janisch onstage.
Jason Palmer is a very fine trumpeter who will make a few jaws drop. Paul Booth was on fine form last week too.
The album is beautifully recorded and put to gether, and, in addition to this band, also has great contributions from the likes of Patrick Cornelius on alto and Aaron Goldberg on piano.
Looks like it was a great gig, Sebastian. I saw Mike Janisch last year at Ronnie Scott's with his Transatlantic Collective and then earlier this year in a storming set with erstwhile Level 42 drummer and modern renaissance-man of music Gary Husband's Drive. Both times, Janisch showed he's a great player with superb chops and enough presence to – as now – come out from by the drum kit and lead his own band.
Can't wait to hear them at some point.
Incidentally, Gary Husband's Drive – presumably with Janisch on board – is down to do the opening slot for the Marcus Miller 'Tutu' retrospective at the Barbican during the London Jazz Festival – what an evening (for bass fans in particular)!