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Marius Neset: Geyser

Read "Geyser" reviewed by Chris May

Geyser is Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset's third album with new-music ensemble London Sinfonietta. The piece was commissioned for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, where this recording was made on September 3, 2022. As on the two previous albums, the Sinfonietta are joined by Neset's high-voltage jazz quintet with pianist Ivo Neame, vibraphonist Jim Hart, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummers Anton Eger. Geyser is a striking wide-screen work that justifies the use of the frequently ...

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Jim Rattigan: Duos

Read "Duos" reviewed by Neil Duggan

The name Jim Rattigan may be unfamiliar but probably more familiar are his contributions to the music in Batman, Lord Of The Rings, The Bourne Ultimatum or Moulin Rouge... or maybe his work with Tom Jones, Burt Bacharach, George Michael, Adele or Tony Bennett. Globally, he is certainly one of the foremost exponents of the French Horn. In a career that, has spanned over forty years, he has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the major London symphony orchestras, chamber ...

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Emma Rawicz: Chroma

Read "Chroma" reviewed by Tom Spargo

There are only so many times that one can use phrases such as “emerging talent" or “upcoming star" before one must concede that the artist in question has in fact made it into the major league of jazz. With the August 2023 release of her second full-length album Chroma on the label ACT, this is precisely the point that tenor saxophonist Emma Rawicz has reached in her career. Building upon her successes from 2022, which involved featuring as a finalist ...

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Ivo Neame: Glimpses of Truth

Read "Glimpses of Truth" reviewed by Chris May

"The Rise of The Lizard People," the title of the scene-setting opening track on Ivo Neame's Glimpses Of Truth, was prompted by an article Neame read which claimed that 12 million Americans believe that interstellar lizards run the United States. Only 12 million? In a country with a population approaching 332 million, around half of whose voters are idiots and conspiracy theorists, one might imagine that a far greater number would be feeling threatened by shape-shifting reptiles. To be fair, ...

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Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Making a welcome return in a leader rôle, Ivo Neame's follow-up to his excellent album Strata (Whirlwind, 2015), sees him taking a slightly different approach to his previous two quintet and octet configurated recordings. His cannily idiosyncratic music is also obviously divergent to those found on recordings with Phronesis and saxophonist Marius Neset, to which he makes vital contributions. The instantly engaging opener, “Vegetarians," benefits from a spiralling, memorable hook and saxophonist George Crowley keenly makes his mark ...

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Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A solo album is generally a defining statement of identity, especially for musicians who juggle multiple outlets, but Ivo Neame has such a hard time sitting still that even he must have a hard time pinning down his sound for very long. His piano makes a key voice (pun unintended) in the Escape Hatch quartet and piano trio Phronesis, both acoustic outfits that relish stretching the conventions of their respective formats. Still, his solo outings in between range even wider ...

Extended Analysis

Ivo Neame: Strata

Read "Ivo Neame:  Strata" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Probably best known for his work as part of the much celebrated trio Phronesis, UK pianist Ivo Neame has quietly built an enviable discography encompassing sideman appearances with Ant Law and Andre Canniere along with excellent albums as leader such as 2012's Yatra. The latter in particular was a remarkably ambitious octet session that mixed clarinet from the likes of Shabaka Hutchings with the saxophones of Jason Yarde and Tori Freestone, plus the bass of Phronesis colleague Jasper Hoiby. Change ...


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