Aruánortiz/ Michael Janisch Quintet
Banned in LondonWhirlwind ****
The title is a nod to Banned in New York, saxophonist Greg Osby’s lo-fi but highly influential “bootleg” of his own band burning down a Manhattanclub in 1998. This time Osby is honoured guest at a more hi-tech affair led by Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz and US bassist Michael Janisch.
For what was destined to be one of the hits of last year’s London Jazz Festival, they summoned up their dream quintet with Osby, rising French-Catalan trumpeter Raynald Colom and hot New York drummer Rudy Royston. What followed was a masterclass in spontaneous combustion, with a first-rate group, and Royston in particular, incandescent on a mix of originals and standards, summoning the spirit of the legendary Miles Davis quintet of the 1960s, but taking it to a new part of the harmonic and rhythmic forest. aomjquin