FESTIVAL: Love Supreme

Now in it’s fourth year, Love Supreme once again affirms itself as the UK’s leading greenfield festival celebrating jazz, funk and soul.  Legends and icons across all three genres occupy top billing from 1 – 3 July: Burt Bacharach, Grace Jones, Lianne La Havas, Giles Peterson and Kelis.  As if these stellar headliners aren’t reason enough to seduce your attendance, here are some choice pickings from the remaining wealth:

Schofield / Mehldau / Guiliana: Mehliana (the port-manteaud Mehldau and Guiliana) are joined by guitarist John Scofield for a UK exclusive.  Reassuringly, they’ve resisted temptation and exercised their better judgement by not rebranding for the occasion as Scomehliana.  Individually, these three are electric.  Combined, this supergroup demands your ears’ attention.

Cécile McLorin Salvant: In a nod to Bacharach’s attendance, Salvant’s set must inevitably include Wives and Lovers from her 2015 album For One to Love.  Her elastic range soars across octaves with a story-telling charm that captivates and dazzles the listener.  Truly a virtuoso, Salvant delights in every note and syllable.

Jacob Collier: His extravagant harmonies, extraordinary chops and polycephalic-hydra visual displays have catapulted Collier from YouTube star to being heralded as ‘jazz’s new messiah’.  He’s got Quincy Jones on side and if his projection continues, he’ll be romping up the billing in subsequent years.  Read the review of his EFG London Jazz Festival performance here.

Love Supreme Festival.  1 – 3 July 2016.  Glynde Place, East Sussex.  See you there.

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