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Fergus McCreadie

With his second album, Cairn, released by leading European label Edition Records and picking up great early feedback (5 stars from Mojo and tipped as one of the jazz albums of 2021 by prominent radio presenters) Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie continues to excite listeners across the UK and Europe. A phenomenal technician, McCreadie has developed a deeply personal style that captures Scotland’s musical traditions and landscapes while honouring his American and Nordic influences. His trio with David Bowden (double bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) has developed into a formidable, superbly cohesive unit. They won the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize in 2016, and their debut album, Turas, won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019.

Awards

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 - Album of the Year Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 - Best Album Scottish Jazz Awards 2018, 2020 - Best Instrumentalist Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016 Guy Jones Prize The Joe Temperley Prize (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) The Linda Trahan Memorial Prize (St Andrews University)


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Multiple Reviews

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Album Review

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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Album Review

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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 “Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman 

Phronesis
band / ensemble / orchestra

Concerts

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Stream

Edition Records
2024

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Forest Floor

Edition Records
2022

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Marram

Edition Records
2022

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Cairn

Edition Records
2021

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Where Will The River...

Porthole Music
2021

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Second Lives

Gearbox Records
2021

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