There's no Homegrown series to showcase Scottish-based talent at Glasgow Jazz Festival this year but the locals are getting – and taking – opportunities to impress alongside the international names in individual concerts and support gigs.
Friday's mid-evening programme offered a great example. West Lothian's favourite Brazilian, bassist Mario Caribe reconvened the group that recorded his Hands On album, without its special guest, New Yorker David Berkman, and reaffirmed his abilities as a composer, arranger and superb presence at the heart of some lovingly played music.
Caribe's own bluesy, bullish May Contain Traces of Nuts and a fabulous deconstruction/reconstruction of Tom Jobim's gorgeously wistful Portrait in Black and White elicited high-quality creativity from alto saxophonist Martin Kershaw, guitarist Kevin Mackenzie and drummer Tom Gordon in a relaxed, personal session that was all the better for the Recital Room's intimacy.
More up close'n'personal than relaxed'n'personal, boogie brothers Federation of the Disco Pimp's set at Club Rio generated the sort of energy that could find them a profitable client in the National Grid. This was hyperactive and hyper-enjoyable.