Album Review


Dominic Lash / Pat Thomas: New Oxford Brevity

Read "New Oxford Brevity" reviewed by John Eyles

Although Dominic Lash and Pat Thomas are frequent visitors to London and regularly gig there in a variety of contexts, for each of them Oxford seems a greater attraction than the capital, even though Lash now lives in Bristol rather than Oxford where he studied. The two first played together—Lash on bass guitar, Thomas on piano—on May 15th 2001 in a trio with Alex Ward. After that Thomas on piano and Lash on double bass had regular playing sessions together, ...


Joe Coughlin: Dedicated To You

Read "Dedicated To You" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Joe Coughlin has been on the Canadian jazz scene since the late 1970s, when he began his performing and recording career in Toronto. . In 1995, he relocated to Vancouver BC where he continues to record and perform. Over the course of his career he has garnered many accolades and on two occasions was given the National Jazz Award Jazz Vocalist of the Year. This session in many way brings Coughlin full circle as he is ...


Nica Carrington: Times Like These

Read "Times Like These" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Every once in a while you chance on a singer and think, “This is a find." Some people barely knew that Julie London was a singer—she didn't consider herself one, certainly—but she had a lovely voice, did not embellish the lyrics, told a story, and got out of the way. She was one of those 1950s signers who really never registered, unless you happened to focus on her looks, which distracted from her talent. So now one thinks, “She should ...


Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined II

Read "Blue Note Re:imagined II" reviewed by Chris May

The second instalment of Blue Note Re:imagined comprises sixteen revamps of tunes from the label's back catalogue, newly recorded by a cohort of rising British soul, R&B and, listed last here for a reason, jazz stars. On its own terms, it is a classy exercise, but the target market for this series is not traditional Blue Note enthusiasts, weaned on hard bop and its experimentalist sub-strands. Like its predecessor, it is hard to imagine Blue Note Re:imagined II leaving much ...


Christopher Parker: Soul Food

Read "Soul Food" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Christopher Parker convenes the Band Of Guardian Angels for five slices of rootsy free jazz on Soul Food. There is an organic down home feel to the often laid back interplay. But of course the creation of enduring music while being this relaxed occurs not by chance but stems from untold depth of experience. Joining Parker and his wife, vocalist Kelley Hurt, are three vets from the NYC scene in bassist William Parker (no relation), drummer Gerald Cleaver and ...


Doug MacDonald: I'll See You in My Dreams

Read "I'll See You in My Dreams" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There is at least one constant in guitarist Doug MacDonald's long and rewarding career: he likes to stay busy, whether hosting live gigs or inhabiting a recording studio. MacDonald's latest quartet session, I'll See You in My Dreams, is at least his twenty- ninth as leader of groups of various sizes and shapes. It is also a homecoming of sorts, as MacDonald is reunited here with the co-leaders of one of his earlier employers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, namely bassist ...


Ben Patterson: The Way of the Groove

Read "The Way of the Groove" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ben Patterson is well versed in the way of the groove. The veteran trombonist, best known for his lengthy stint with the Airmen of Note, uses this date to deliver some hip yet sophisticated work that leans on funky foundations, driving ambitions and glorious grit. Showcasing his impressive slide work alongside a positively electric outfit, Patterson digs deep in offering some slick and seriously smart art. The sum of those elements and efforts equals one brilliant party record that's both ...


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