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Tom Skinner: Voices Of Bishara Live

Read "Voices Of Bishara Live" reviewed by Chris May


Best known in the U.S.A. as a member of the late Sons Of Kemet and now The Smile with Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Tom Skinner has been a vital presence on London's underground jazz scene for twenty years. Yet remarkably, only in 2022 did the drummer and composer release his first album under his own name. Voices Of Bishara (International Anthem) featured Skinner alongside four friends and fellow radicals, tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, playing together ...

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Shabaka Hutchings: Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... Since signing with with Impulse! in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors. Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace marks the start of a gentler, more instrospective phase in his music making. The trigger came during the pandemic, when Hutchings fell in love with the Japanese shakuhachi flute. The quietly spoken instrument first edged itself ...

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Tom Skinner: Voices Of Bishara

Read "Voices Of Bishara" reviewed by Chris May


Voices Of Bishara is one of the top three jazz albums of 2022 so far and it would take the second comings of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and Lee Morgan to threaten to dislodge it. Before going into the particulars, the backstory.... An epically cross-genre drummer, Skinner has lit up avantist British jazz and related musics for around twenty years. He emerged among the cohort of musicians loosely grouped around the self-help collective F-IRE (Fellowship ...

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Mark Lockheart: Dreamers

Read "Dreamers" reviewed by Chris May


As a founder member of Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, saxophonist Mark Lockheart was at the forefront of two waves of reinvigoration of British jazz, one in the 1980s, the other in the 2000s. By age and experience, in 2022 he qualifies as close to an elder statesman of the music. But somehow one still thinks of Lockheart as a Young Turk. Mostly this is because he continues to search for new contexts in which to make his music.

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Perceive Its Beauty,...

Impulse! Records
2024

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Voices Of Bishara Live

International Anthem Recording Company
2024

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Dreamers

Edition Records
2022

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Voices Of Bishara

Brownswood/International Anthem/Nonesuch
2022

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