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Alex Maguire Sextet: Brewed in Belgium

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Alex Maguire has built an extremely strong reputation as a multi-faceted keyboard player over the past few years. He has, in addition to small band settings like this one, held the keyboard chair in the late drummer Pip Pyle's group Bash! and, after that, participated in a reunion tour of Canterbury legend Hatfield and the North. He also developed a technique of playing he calls “comprovisation"--a blend of spontaneity and structure that he demonstrates in spades on this live recording.

Maguire has fine chops and an aggressive approach to playing in any context, largely unheard since the heyday of folks ...

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Alex Maguire Sextet: Brewed In Belgium

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Keyboard player Alex Maguire has worked with the present day incarnation of the British band Hatfield and the North and clearly he has more than sufficient chops to deal with a range of musical situations.

The fare offered here is often freer than the Hatfield way, however. And when the music goes inside, such as on the opening of “Psychic Warrior," the impression is of a program of music which tries to cover so many bases it compromises individual and collective identity.

As it is, Maguire's soloing is urbane and harmonically sophisticated enough, but his work ...

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Alex Maguire Sextet: Brewed in Belgium

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While calling them a pick-up band would be unfairly dismissive, the members of Belgium's The Wrong Object sure do get around. Since 2007, in addition to its own Stories from the Shed (Moonjune, 2008), TWO has collaborated with British trombonist Annie Whitehead and trumpeter Harry Beckett on Platform One (Jazzprint, 2007), and Elton Dean on The Unbelievable Truth (Moonjune, 2007)--one of the British saxophonist's last performances before his unexpected passing in February, 2006. Brewed in Belgium continues the group's winning streak of stylistic breadth, this time with keyboardist Alex Maguire at the helm. Maguire's teaming with saxophonist Robin ...



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