Released this weekend Escapee (Jazz re:freshed) shines the spotlight more strongly than ever on Daniel Casimir, the most accomplished jazz bassist to come out of the UK jazz scene since Karl Rasheed-Abel emerged inside the Soweto Kinch sound and Neil Charles shone in Zed-UCasimir, has his own approach, less hip hop-inspired than Abel’s or avant as in Charles’, more in the Paul Chambers and Ron Carter tradition, is out of the London scene currently, originally from the Birmingham area, marlbank first heard his tonally rich intuitively rhythmic approach inside the David Lyttle band at a small club venue called Jazzeys in Ireland a couple of years ago and then several months later participating in the hard bop jam upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s. Since then Daniel has picked up a high profile Worshipful Company of Musicians prize, featured on Tom Harrison’s enjoyable Ellingtonian exploration Unfolding in Tempo, toured with Jean Toussaint and now releases this EP that bolsters his emergent direction as a fledgling leader. The track that you can listen to above features singer Tess Hirst, Moses Boyd on drums, Joe Armon-Jones on electric piano and Shirley Tetteh on guitar. Hear Casimir at the Mau Mau bar in west London on 20 April. Tickets, etc