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Red Kite

Pianist and composer Esben Tjalve is just one of a number of highly talented Danish jazz musicians making their name on the London jazz scene. This eponymous début recording by Tjalve’s sextet Red Kite appears on the F-ire presents imprint and features many of the capital’s finest young musicians. Joining Tjalve at the piano are Fringe Magnetic’s Rory Simmons on trumpet, Christoffer Appel on alto and baritone saxes, Hannes Riepler, recently heard to such good effect on trumpeter Andre Canniere’s début, on guitar plus the Kairos 4tet rhythm section of fellow Dane Jasper Hoiby on double bass and Jon Scott at the drums. It’s an impressive line up by any standards and the all star line up excels on Tjalve’s highly descriptive contemporary jazz compositions. The pieces are pleasingly melodic but also deeply rhythmic, easily digestible yet subtly challenging and just full of good ideas allied to exemplary playing.