Another strong JITR, with great musicians in all three parts.
First up was Tomasz Bura & The Scientists. We’d seen Tomasz before as part of Beat Replacement at the Emergence Festival last September. With his own band here, but still the focus of attention with his great stage presence. He had stiff competition though from his own partner, Rouhangeze Baichoo on vocals, a very photogenic singer & dancer. Supported ably by Saleem Rahman (drums) and Kevin Glasgow (bass), this band, with its dynamic leader, is one to watch develop over the coming years.
In the solo slot was Maurizio Ravalico, an extraordinary percussionist, who conjured a mesmerizing set.
Leading the line, the mighty Roller Trio, and it may have been the first time I’ve seen them, although apparently they played JITR in the first year, but it may have been the one gig that I missed that year. Anyhow, better than late than never for me. Also, unexpected instrument selection for James Mainwaring (alto sax) and Chris Sharkey (electric bass) with Luke Reddin-Williams on drums, no change there methinks. They have a new album out, which I’m just getting into and loving it, New Devices.