February next year sees the release of Space Squid the title of the alliteratively playful latest album from drummer Bill Stewart, the effect extended by a cover design featuring a scene from the star-speckled solar system. 

Stewart is best known for his work with Maceo Parker, Lee Konitz, John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Dave Holland and on this new album is found in the playing company of pianist Bill Carrothers, bassist Ben Street and tenor/soprano saxophonist Seamus Blake. 

Space Squid was recorded in a New York city studio over two days of late-September 2014 and has mostly Stewart tunes.

To be released by the German label Pirouet Records the album has 11 tracks begun with ‘Paris Lope’ and finished off by ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ the latter the 1930s Schwartz/Dietz song that Frank Sinatra made his own at the end of the 1950s on Come Dance With Me. The Space Squid small group instrumental version is kept to last and becomes a sumptuous feature for Blake.

A live version of Bill Stewart composition Happy Walkis above. The studio version, heard on the album itself, is the fifth track