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Paul Booth: Travel Sketches

Read "Travel Sketches" reviewed by Chris May

The intense media interest surrounding the rise of the British woke jazz movement is welcome, but it is increasingly monopolising local bandwidth. Great British jazz which adheres more closely to the founding American tradition is becoming sidelined. Babies and bathwater come to mind. One of the few British labels looking at the 360-degree picture is Ubuntu Music, on which tenor saxophonist Paul Booth's Travel Sketches is released. Ubuntu—the label's name is taken from the Southern African word meaning ...

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Paul Booth: Trilateral

Read "Trilateral" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

For some people the Big 4-0 is the key, for others it's the Big 5-0 or 6-0 or 7-0. For saxophonist Paul Booth it was his forthcoming 33rd birthday that proved to be a cause for reflection. As the day loomed in 2010, Booth was already thinking about a trio record with bass and drums. The apparent ever-presence of the number 3--"most everywhere I turned"--made Booth think again. The result is Trilateral, an album that is inspired by the number ...

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Paul Booth: No Looking Back

Read "No Looking Back" reviewed by John Barron

As a sideman, British saxophonist Paul Booth has quite an impressive résumé. Since graduating with honors from London's Royal Academy of Music, the in-demand Booth has performed with the likes of Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and the touring company of Riverdance. On No Looking Back, Booth takes on a lead role with strength and conviction, as a first-rate soloist and inventive composer.

Booth's tenor saxophone dances gracefully around the frenetically paced title track. The tune's jagged rhythmic structure--moving back and ...


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