After fearing at one stage that I'd have to miss the 2012 LJF completely, we managed to cram in an overnight stay and three very different gigs (all at the Barbican).
Neil Cowley ran through 'Mount Molehill' again, this time with one of the largest string sections I've ever seen. Along with a superb light show, Cowley really rocked the house. On the free (as in not paying) stage there was then the absolute treat of a very rare UK visit by Juhani Aaltonen's quartet (with Iro Haarla and Uffe Krokfors). Aaltonen's 50 blissful minutes of smouldering (musically free) balladry seemed completely effortless, and is almost certainly the best thing I've seen all year.
After that it was time for the main headline event of the day Chick Corea, which I reviewed for Jazz Journal (you can find the review here). Festival organisers Serious certainly obliged with some top seats, and Corea obliged in turn with a riveting performance.
We didn't bother catching anything on Sunday - Yaron Herman at the South Bank may have been nice, but it would have been too tight to get back to Kings Cross in time for the train.
It's Jack DeJohnette at The Sage on Wednesday, and then back to humdrum normality for a while. I won't be reviewing Jack, and merely want to sit back and enjoy one of my all time favourite drummers. You can however read a review of my last visit to The Sage (Kairos 4tet and Ayanna) here...