IT WAS THE ARTICULATION and focus in this recording which first drew my attention; and indeed, Minusgrader, from Swedish saxophonist Örjan Hultén and his Orion quartet, has only continued to charm with its sparky animation and romantic lyricism – an evenly-balanced conversation glistening with individual flecks of personality along the way.
Rymden– Reflections & Odysseys Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström Releasing 8 February on Jazzland Records rymden3.bandcamp.com
Chris Potter– Circuits Chris Potter, James Francies, Eric Harland, Linley Marthe Releasing 22 February at Edition Records chrispotterjazz.bandcamp.com
Graham Costello’s Strata– Obelisk Harry Weir, Liam Shortall, Fergus McCreadie, Joe Williamson, Mark Hendry, Graham Costello Releasing 1 February at bpqd Records grahamcostello.bandcamp.com
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra– Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev – arranged and orchestrated by Tommy Smith, featuring Makoto Ozone and narrated by Tam Dean Burn Releasing 25 January at Spartacus Records snjo.co.uk
FLYING MACHINES’ maiden voyage – their eponymous debut release of 2016 – announced the soaring, anthemic drive and cirrostratus serenity of guitarist Alex Munk’s jazz-rock originals. Now, joined by regular crew mates Matt Robinson, Conor Chaplin and Dave Hamblett, the band bursts through the ozone with second album New Life, their higher aspirations reflected in cover-art astrophotography of the Veil Nebula supernova.