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Fergus McCreadie: Stream

Read "Stream" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Scottish pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie and his trio have carved out a distinctive style. They have reached a point where they are immediately recognisable. Many musicians strive to find their musical identity, but this remarkable trio have achieved this quickly. Their blend of Scottish folk music and contemporary jazz has been crafted and developed over their three previous albums, Turas (Self-produced, 2018), Cairn (Edition Records, 2021) and Forest Floor (Edition Records, 2022). With Stream, the natural themes of those ...

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Inspired by Water

Read "Inspired by Water" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Here we have a timeless theme that has been providing inspiration for artists as long as people have made art. It's easy to see why water is a perennial subject, and for something so endlessly changeable, it's no surprise that these works could hardly be more different. Fergus McCreadie Trio Stream Edition Records 2024 If the historical lineage of jazz is a series of classy figures dressed sharply for a night at the ...

Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2022

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2022" reviewed by Geno Thackara

As with most years, the list could have easily been twice as long (and that's still without getting into an especially rich trove of archival discoveries, particularly from Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Esbjörn Svensson and Ahmad Jamal). Still, these are the staples that have just resonated the most. Fergus McCreadie Trio Forest Floor Edition Records This young trio is becoming a one-of-a-kind phenomenon, both in their picturesque blend of jazz with Scottish ...

Album Review

Matt Carmichael: Marram

Read "Marram" reviewed by Chris May

The first thing to register, within the opening few bars of Glaswegian tenor saxophonist Matt Carmichael's sophomore album, is how remarkably similar his sound is to that of New York's emerging saxophone colossus Oded Tzur. In an interview with All About Jazz in summer 2022, the Israeli-born Tzur named his primary formative influence as the great Dexter Gordon. Whether Carmichael cut his teeth on Gordon's Blue Note albums of the 1960s is not known, but it sounds well possible. Like ...

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Graham Costello's Strata: Second Lives

Read "Second Lives" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

A top German physiologist once compared the brain's nerve fibres to a piano's keys, on which our thoughts play or strike. Scottish drummer and composer Graham Costello might relate to this, given how well he writes for the piano, as he explores themes of mental challenges on this second album with his excellent band Strata. How we face inner hurdles to reach the other side preoccupies Costello here, though he also toys with notions of heritage and identity. ...

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Matt Carmichael: Where Will The River Flow

Read "Where Will The River Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Unless it dries up, the river will flow to the sea. A more intriguing question might be: where will the flow take Matt Carmichael? At twenty-one, in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the tenor saxophonist--a BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalist in 2020--is only starting out on his musical journey. But his assured debut as leader suggests that Carmichael will travel far. These nine originals, which draw heavily on Scottish folk traditions, herald the emergence of an ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a European batch of trios for this month, showing all kinds of local roots and with a fascinating knack for subverting expectations. Fergus McCreadie Cairn Edition Records 2021 Scotland's tourist organization could do a lot worse than hire Fergus McCreadie for a little PR. The Jamestown-born pianist offers a completely irresistible sonic picture of his country on his second recording, full of natural beauty and delightful as the first day of summer. ...


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