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Album Review

Henry Spencer: The Defector

Read "The Defector" reviewed by Neil Duggan

In 2011, trumpeter Henry Spencer won the Best Newcomer Award at the jazz festival in the Wiltshire town of Marlborough; he went on to win the Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK in 2014. Sometimes these awards add extra pressure or, as is the case here, propel the musician to new heights. He climbs very close to the summit here with The Defector. The nine compositions on the album were inspired by those who defect -soldiers, politicians or partners ...

Album Review

Alex Paxton: Happy Music for Orchestra

Read "Happy Music for Orchestra" reviewed by Marat Ingeldeev

British composer and improvising-trombonist Alex Paxton seems to have been enjoying the life of a rising star. In the past few years he has managed to release two albums: Music for Bosch People in 2021 on Birmingham Record Company and ilolli-pop in 2022 on Nonclassical. He has won three awards: the Ivor Novello British Composer Awards in 2021, and both the Paul Hindemith Prize and the Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize in 2023. As if this was not impressive enough, ...

Album Review

Lauren Bush: Dream Away

Read "Dream Away" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

There's no “i" in “team," or so the motivational speakers of the world will have us believe, but as far as music is concerned every effective team needs an ear or two. The team responsible for Dream Away—from vocalist and lead artist Lauren Bush to the instrumentalists and producers—is well-served by ears and uses them to excellent effect. Throughout this album of standards and contemporary songs it's clear that everyone listens—to the words, the music and each other—crafting a collection ...

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Tara Minton: Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid

Read "Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid" reviewed by John Eyles

Born in Melbourne, Australia, but resident in London since 2011, Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and song writer who straddles the boundary between jazz and contemporary composition. She has an interestingly eclectic musical history; she previously played with Melbourne Opera for some years and also toured with Björk. Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid is her second album following The Tides of Love (Self Produced, 2016). It is no coincidence that both album titles have watery connections; Minton grew ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Happy Music for...

Delphian Records


The Defector

AMP Music & Records


Dream Away

Self Produced


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