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Tom Arthurs and Richard Fairhurst: Postcards From Pushkin

Read "Postcards From Pushkin" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trumpeter Tom Arthurs wrote the music for Postcards From Pushkin in 2009, according to his liner notes, “in a moment of particular calm and reflection" when he was a BBC New Generation Artist. Inspired by the works of the Russian poet and author Alexandr Pushkin (1799-1837), Arthurs and his musical collaborator, pianist Richard Fairhurst (of The Hungry Ants and Triptych), recorded the album later that year. Arthur's warm, rich, flugelhorn sound and Fairhurst's delicate, understated, piano combine to create music ...

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Tom Arthurs & Richard Fairhurst: Mesmer

Read "Mesmer" reviewed by Chris May

One of Britain's brightest young trumpet/flugelhorn talents--he was nominated for Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2004 and is so nominated again this year (the results are due later this month)--Tom Arthurs' progress towards wider breakthrough appears admirably nonchalant. Indeed, on occasion he seems as focused on his skills as a chocolatier and pastry cook (and, still only 27 years old, is beginning to acquire the waistline to prove it).

A founder member of London's adventurous, self-help F-ire ...

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Tom Arthurs / Bruce McKinnon / Joe Sorbara: Squash Recipe

Read "Squash Recipe" reviewed by Chris May

When a young artist like Tom Arthurs--still only 26--gets feted as the Next Big Thing, the pressure to satisfy the technicolour expectations of media, record company and audience can really mess with his head. Next thing you know, he'll release an album which attempts to climb too high too fast... and then there's tears.

Following the wall-to-wall acclaim that greeted his 2003 debut album, Centripede, and his nomination as a Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards the following year, ...

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Tom Arthurs: Centripede

Read "Centripede" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Recently nominated for Best New Act by the BBC Jazz Awards, Centripede is “Fresh and friendly music inspired by world dance musics contemporary and traditional, strategic improvisation and the compositional depth of twentieth century classical music"... at least that's how the band leader, trumpet player and composer Tom Arthurs describes the eclectic blend of styles that define his compositions. Packed with great solos and original composition that stylistically fall somewhere between the avant-garde and jazz with a little bit of ...


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