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Ethan Iverson inspires rising star Hayoung Lyou who debuts this spring

Track of the day is the excellent 'Night Person' by pianist Hayoung Lyou who this spring debuts with Metamorphosis. The pianist writes in the liner notes that the title track...

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 2 hours ago.

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Enrico Pieranunzi, Jasper Somsen, Jorge Rossy, Common View

Dream jazz. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, Dutch double bassist Jasper Somsen and Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy have long honed their craft. They have a vision, the missing ingredient in many...

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 6 hours ago.

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The Good Noise in the house

Building jazz… it's got to be done… from zero in a local area to a healthy scene is work in progress. The band's the thing and starting to show results...

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 8 hours ago.

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Gig radar: north of England focus

Henrik Jensen's Followed by Thirteen Whiskey Jar Manchester, Monday 24 February New album out on Babel soon. J-Z Replacement Lescar, Sheffield, Wednesday 26 February Fiery bebop and beyond from Zhenya...

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 13 hours ago.

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The Lost Brothers, After the Fire After the Rain, Bird Dog Recordings

Stepping beyond jazz for a refreshing dive into the world of folk and Americana After the Fire After the Rain is incredible, track after track as if part of a...

Published: 23 Feb 2020. Updated: 27 hours ago.

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Gig radar... 6 selections UK and Ireland club scene

Kairos 4tet feat. Emilia Mårtensson Friday 28 February Stapleford Granary, Cambridge David Angol quartet Saturday 29 February Verdict, Brighton Gaz Hughes sextet Wednesday 4 March The Concorde, Eastleigh Joel Harrison...

Published: 23 Feb 2020. Updated: 36 hours ago.

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Secret Sessions, Fragile Eagle

Big change of tack for Paul Booth following on from the pastoral Travel Sketches. The highly successful session musician and sax gun for hire, who has toured for many years...

Published: 23 Feb 2020. Updated: 37 hours ago.

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Gigs/club radar... international focus

Kenny Garrett 22-23 February Ronnie Scott's, London Enrico Pieranunzi 4-5 March Sunside, Paris Billy Cobham [pictured] 12-14 March Blue Note, Milan Django Bates 10 March Moods, Zurich Rabih Abou-Khalil 13...

Published: 22 Feb 2020. Updated: 36 hours ago.

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Andre Canniere, Ghost Days

Brigitte Beraha dominates the beginning of Ghost Days, a grisly lyric contrasting with the otherwise sunny upbeat mood, her voice located in a Norma Winstone space. Later in the first...

Published: 22 Feb 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

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Reich on

Pat Metheny pianist Gwilym Simcock has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra percussion ensemble [Neil Percy, Sam Walton, David Jackson, Simon Carrington, Philip Moore, Joseph Havlat] and among other material...

Published: 22 Feb 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

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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: 3 days 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: 3 days 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: 3 days 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: 3 days 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: 4 days 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: 4 days 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: 4 days 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: 4 days 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: 5 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: 5 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: 6 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: 6 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: 6 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: 6 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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: 8 days ago.

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