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The Kobe trio launch their debut

The Kobe trio, pianist Mark Murphy, bass guitarist Jaimie Carswell and drummer Con Schmaucks today release their debut Kobe. Highly melodic in flavour, with a thoroughly developed sense of improvisational...

Published: 21 Feb 2020. Updated: 10 hours ago.

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Jack London homage tantalises

“I discovered Jack London fairly recently – in August 2016. This work so powerful, so rich, has been by my side ever since. In my daily life, a companion on...

Published: 21 Feb 2020. Updated: 11 hours ago.

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Jim Hart & Ivo Neame, Multiverse

Back in the dying days of October we reported that pianist Ivo Neame had teamed up with drummer/vibist Jim Hart for a duo project. “The album took two and a...

Published: 21 Feb 2020. Updated: 16 hours ago.

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James Brandon Lewis: in the studio

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been in the recording studio for Intakt Records in New York recently. The label say that Lewis has recorded an album of his own compositions...

Published: 21 Feb 2020. Updated: 18 hours ago.

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JTQ to play the Empire

JTQ are to play lively Belfast spot the Empire on 7 March. The Jimmy Smith-loving organ maestro James Taylor was one of the main figures in the acid jazz trajectory...

Published: 20 Feb 2020. Updated: 34 hours ago.

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Van Morrison, Keep 'Er Lit

‘One of the things that makes an artist great is their recognition not only of the significance of their serving time in the writer’s trade – as if one were...

Published: 20 Feb 2020. Updated: 37 hours ago.

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Peter Brötzmann, Magnetia Orkesteri and Brian Irvine for Spectrum

Hitting Dublin venues The Fumbally Stables, the Button Factory, The Grand Social and The Workman's Club on 7-10 March… … the line-up includes Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, Brian Irvine...

Published: 20 Feb 2020. Updated: 41 hours ago.

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Snippets

Best bloggy bits. Berets, streaming, Jon Christensen, listening as one, vintage freakiness. 'Teddy chose me because I wore a beret and sunglasses' in a Jazz Journal obituary of Laurie Morgan...

Published: 20 Feb 2020. Updated: 41 hours ago.

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Gigs/radar... coming up

Take 5, trawling the listings. David Sanborn Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle 20-23 February Tom Harrell Quasimodo, Berlin 2 March Pat Thomas SARC, Belfast 12 March Cécile McLorin Salvant Village Vanguard,...

Published: 19 Feb 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

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Lakecia Benjamin, Pursuance: The Coltranes, Ropeadope

The problem with Traneology: You expect the moon and the stars. These are not available! Out in late-March from New York alto saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin the album as discussed back...

Published: 19 Feb 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

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Jon Christensen has died

Belonging band drummer Jon Christensen has died at the age of 76. See the Norwegian paper Dagbladet. Photo of Jon Christensen: Hreinn Gudlaugsson/Wikipedia

Published: 18 Feb 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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27 May: Jazz FM awards

To take place in Shoreditch Town Hall the Jazz FM awards are returning on Wednesday 27 May, the station has confirmed. Nick Pitts, content director of Jazz FM says: “As...

Published: 18 Feb 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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Byron Wallen, Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, Twilight Jaguar

I heard some of these tunes a fortnight ago live and they were certainly smokin' in Old Holborn. Portrait is an engrossing homage to the multiculturalism of suburban Woolwich not...

Published: 18 Feb 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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Matt Mayhall, Jeff Parker, Chris Speed, Fanatics, mattmayhallmusic.com

Tropes in 2016 was pretty stimulating, drummer Mat Mayhall even more Paul Motian-esque and echoing that emotion these small number of years on seeming even more taut and alive. This...

Published: 18 Feb 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

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Tim Berne's Snakeoil, The Fantastic Mrs. 10, Intakt

ECM's loss is Intakt's gain. Guitarist Marc Ducret is added this time around to the Snakeoil sound, Matt Mitchell as usual hugely significant at the centre of the action in...

Published: 17 Feb 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Further reading

Up yer Aris and other jazz gold, leg-ends all… what we are reading. Experience Rome in a novel way a jazz tram jolly appeals to Matthew Kneale. ''A very public...

Published: 17 Feb 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Gigs/radar

Coming up soon. Loft, Cologne….. Pablo Held 2 March What a band: Verneri Pohjola on trumpet from Finland, best known for his work with Ilmiliekki Quartet; UK sax giant Julian...

Published: 16 Feb 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

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Emil Brandqvist Trio, Raindrops, Skip

Tepid tinkling from the Swedes, like something a marketing god has cued up to taunt coffee addicts – doomed prisoners of love to Ludovico Einaudi holed up for ever in...

Published: 16 Feb 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

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Ellman excels

Look out for Last Desert (Pi) by the Threadgillian guitarist-composer Liberty Ellman. A few tracks are streaming ahead of release next month and both 'The Sip' and 'Rubber Flowers' have...

Published: 16 Feb 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

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Nearly blue

Jerry Bergonzi is a widely admired Boston-born tenor saxophonist blessed with great technique but crucially flair and narrative highly expressive ideas – born to play. Live sightings in recent years...

Published: 15 Feb 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

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The new Stacey Kent

Here's the new Stacey Kent. Naama Gheber is excellent on the deftly swinging title track of April's Dearly Beloved. With pianist Ray Gallon, bassist David Wong, drummer Aaron Kimmel and...

Published: 15 Feb 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

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Tony Kofi's Another Kind of Soul to be released on vinyl in late-April

On a Cannonball run Tony Kofi's Another Kind of Soul is to be released on vinyl in late-April. Tracks are: A Portrait Of Cannonball, Operation Breadbasket, Another Kind Of Soul,...

Published: 15 Feb 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

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Gilfema, Three, Sounderscore

It is patently obvious that the Massimo Biolcati-produced Three by meta guitar/vocals-bass-drums trio Gilfema is a 5-star album. I realised that after the first few notes. Truth be told I...

Published: 14 Feb 2020. Updated: 20 hours ago.

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Gaz Hughes takes Art

Landing in a playing style somewhere between Steve Brown and Clark Tracey, drummer Gaz Hughes has a solid, bouncing, über-mainstream Art Blakey tribute out. See the graphic for touring. The...

Published: 14 Feb 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

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Zhenya Strigalev interview

Now’s the time. This is a big year for Charlie Parker fans. It is the centenary of Charlie Parker’s birth no less. Jazz in 2020, however, while slightly nostalgic sometimes...

Published: 14 Feb 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

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The Good Noise, Lough Inn, Enniskillen, 28 February

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Getting in the Robert Cray zone: playlist + dates

On a vital blues tip to mark the wonderful new Robert Cray That’s What I Heard album to be released on 28 February dig into some of the covers he...

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

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The chemistry is right for Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline

Details of Music From The Early 21st Century make very interesting reading and include the fact that Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline have combined to write all the...

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

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Selection of stunning Love and Understanding tracks stream

Deconstruct yourself, reconstruct yourself more like. Four tracks are now streaming from the awesome Love and Understanding, quite brilliant really these and the rest. Just hear Surman burn on 'Construction'...

Published: 13 Feb 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

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