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Andrew Woolf: Song Unsung

Read "Song Unsung" reviewed by Chris May


Although London-based tenor saxophonist Andrew Woolf has been releasing records since 2012, Song Unsung is the first he has issued under his own name. His debut, which was actually recorded in 2008, was the EP Soma Quartet (Self Produced), made by Woolf, electric guitarist Ryan Williams, double bassist Will Collier and trumpeter Joe Auckland. The disc celebrated the musicians' shared love of the music of Kenny Wheeler and in particular Wheeler's album Angel Song (ECM, 1997). Over a decade later, ...

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Solstice: Food For Thought

Read "Food For Thought" reviewed by Chris May


An off-the-wall and extraordinarily beautiful album, Food For Thought is London sextet Solstice's follow-up to Alimentation (Two Rivers), a niche-jazz landmark in 2016. The album blends jazz with prog-rock and tropicalia-like psychedelia. It is intricate, lyrical and wildly inventive. It is also technically demanding and forensically arranged, yet it all sounds effortless. It is, most of the time, impossible to tell what is improvised and what is pre-composed. It is a jazz album unlike any other we have heard since, ...

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Dave Manington's Riff Raff: Challenger Deep

Read "Challenger Deep" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Dave Manington's third album as leader is an intriguing one. It defies the listener's expectations as it progress through its titles. For example, the Chick Corea /Flora Purim-esque opening to “Dr. Octopus" may lead the listener into false assumptions of the Latin kind. Similarly, the ensuing title track, including Tom Challenger's Albert Ayler-like tenor wails and Rob Updegraff's subtle echoey guitar, provides an appropriately aquatic, moody soundscape, augmented by Brigitte Beraha's mesmeric, wordless vocals. There's a lot going ...

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Dave Manington's Riff Raff: Hullabaloo

Read "Hullabaloo" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


A band called Riff Raff, an album titled Hullabaloo; it's a fair bet that a rowdy collection of delinquents is about to create a raucous musical racket. The bet would be lost, however, as both band name and album title misdirect. Hullabaloo is a collection of free-flowing, often meditative tunes written by bassist/bandleader Dave Manington and performed by a sextet that harnesses its creative energies in the service of these compositions.Manington is a founder member of London's Loop ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Food For Thought

Ubuntu Music
2021

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Song Unsung

Oti-O Records
2021

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Clave Sin Embargo

Spherical Records
2019

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Challenger Deep

Loop Records
2018

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Emilie

Self-release
2017

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The Button Band

FMR Records
2014

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Stratosphere

From: Clave Sin Embargo
By Dave Manington

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