Overview of this summer’s Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, 12 August 2019.

Over 140 gigs, a Carnival and Mardi Gras, the Edinburgh Jazz School and a Scottish Blues Academy, plus a presentation from the fascinating Scottish Jazz Archive: while heterogeneous, one thing this year’s jazz festival turned out to be was an exercise in cross-border sharing.

A case in point was Belgian pianist Joachim Caffonette’s trio (with bandmates Alex Gilson on double bass and Jean-Baptiste Pinot on drums), who presented the loveliest cover of ‘Hey Jude’ this reviewer has ever had the pleasure to hear. For their second set they were joined by three rising Scottish jazzers: tenor saxman Michael Butcher, Matt Gough on flugelhorn and trombonist Richard Leonard. The resultant sextet sounded like the trio on steroids.

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