A live album from the Village Vanguard in New York, where more classic jazz albums have been recorded in the history of jazz is new, from Steve Coleman and the Five Elements in August. This was recorded in May 2017.

The issuing label Pi say the release is alto sax great Coleman’s “first live release in over 15 years.” Live on record he can be spectacular, eg the Hot Brass, Paris tapes are vital.

The line up: Coleman on the alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Anthony Tidd on bass guitar who is a Brit from London and long time resident in the States who used to play with 1990s band Quite Sane and with Robert Mitchell and Julie Dexter in the acclaimed J-Life; and Sean Rickman, drums.

Five Elements play 229 The Venue in central London on Great Portland Street this month. An easily accessible right size approx 200-300 capacity small venue used to putting on indie rock plus a healthy smattering of jazz (Christian McBride for instance is there on Thursday night) and which is close to the Great Portland Street tube station and the Marylebone Road and possesses good sight lines, no pillars in the way, standing room near the front, some sofas at the back, and pretty decent acoustics.

Tickets for the 26 July gig which arrives a few weeks before Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets) is released: https://www.seetickets.com/event/steve-coleman-five-elements/229-the-venue/1211629