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Recaptures by Minihi

A band that has still to gig. What a prospect. Take 'Lost Takeno' for instance from Recaptures by Minihi. Not classical, it's not pop, it's not really any genre but you could be coming at the album from any of these areas, throw in electronica for …

Published: 10 Feb 2021. Updated: 45 days.

A band that has still to gig. What a prospect. Take 'Lost Takeno' for instance from Recaptures by Minihi. Not classical, it's not pop, it's not really any genre but you could be coming at the album from any of these areas, throw in electronica for good measure as well, and you'd probably connect on some level via any of these directions. A percussion duo writing original music, Berklee and Guildhall-trained Zands and Agnes Obel player Louise Anna Duggan (top) allow internal pulse a great freedom whether directed a tiny bit by vocals or more to the core by hammered dulcimer, vibes, piano, bells, bodhrán even and an ingenious electronic wash – the waves of tension and release roil until they against the odds reach a becalmed resolution. A very upfront personal sound that jumps species from musical cell to the pump and rush of blood: it is a beautifully recorded completeness that you've just got to hear. On Unperceived out on 12 March

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Xhosa Cole Straight Ahead: Solar

Solar aloha – Xhosa Cole interviewed by David Lewis on tonight's Straight Ahead show begins at midnight. The tenor saxophonist at the moment on the Brit scene, conversational topics include what Birmingham means to the dapper ace. Xhosa, as regular

Published: 10 Feb 2021. Updated: 2 months.

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Solar alohaXhosa Cole interviewed by David Lewis on tonight's Straight Ahead show begins at midnight. The tenor saxophonist at the moment on the Brit scene, conversational topics include what Birmingham means to the dapper ace. Xhosa, as regular marlbank readers will know, was tremendous last year in blistering form in action leading his quartet playing from Larry Young's Unity. Birmingham as a jazz scene despite more recent calamitous Corona forced shutdowns has proved very much on the ascendant in recent years as a saxophone hub of rare talent. First: alto ace Soweto Kinch; then tenorist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings broke through. And now award-winning retro stylist Cole is the latest to flicker nationally and internationally. Andy Hamilton was inspiration to many of the new generation back in the day. The city's fine hardcore improv traditions centring on Fizzle moreover has got its far-from-Brumdrum thing going online recently despite Lockdown's ravages. Click for the Solar interview with Xhosa