Do yourself a big favour and on the evening of Wednesday 5th April and, if you’re in or near Glasgow, get along to Sauchiehall Street’s Nice N Sleazy to hear amazing septet, C.A.L.I.E.

Led by 25-year-old, English-born and now Glasgow-based alto saxophonist and composer, Josie Girgis (Marianne McGregor Quintet, James Brown is Annie and Girgis’ own Double Take – Jazz Duo), she will on the same day release her debut single, Let Go. Having heard this single, if she has more like this up her sleeve, then the gig will be a massive treat for Jazz and Jazz Fusion fans.
C.A.L.I.E. (Creative And Low In Energy) consists of a group of relatively young and admirably able musicians, the septet (listed in full below) including 2022 BBC Young Jazz Musician winner, Ewan Hastie and in addition esteemed special guest, guitar supremo Ben MacDonald (Torus, Mezcla, Fine Men with Foul Tongues).
Focussing briefly on the single, Let Go, it does certainly evoke for this listener one of Girgis’ reported influences, Snarky Puppy, with an accessible mix of pleasing grooves and satisfying complexity. Opening ruminatively with Greg Iron’s drums and Dan Brown’s keys, the melody passes to the saxes thence back to keyboard. This tag team, very democratic style continues throughout the piece, amongst which of particular note is MacDonald’s hugely impressive guitar finger-work half-way through, as well as at 5 minutes Irons’ playful attitude to tempo. The track is beautiful so that, at just under six and a half minutes long, one wishes it were longer.
But if you can’t make it to the gig on 5th April, keep a weather eye out for future ones, as Girgis and her band’s undoubted talent points to there being many more gigs to come.
Bandleader/compositions, alto sax: Josie Girgis
Tenor sax: James Steele
Guitar: Samuel Parkinson
Guitar: Kevin Henderson
Keys: Dan Brown
Bass: Ewan Hastie
Drums: Greg Iron
+ Guesting on Guitar: Ben MacDonald

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