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John Law: Goldberg

Read "Goldberg" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

J.S. Bach's The Goldberg Variations is one of the most famous works in the literature of the piano and an endless source of inspiration for pianist around the world -and not only classical pianists. Bach's music simply transcends genres and his ability to develop and sculpt variations on a theme remain unsurpassed. It is no coincidence that the legendary saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, himself a master in the art of thematic variation, deeply admired Bach. In the informative ...

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John Law / Yuri Goloubev / Asaf Sirkis: Three Leaps of the Gazelle

Read "Three Leaps of the Gazelle" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Making changes in a trio can be risky a thing. If there's a special chemistry in a group, the slightest change in the lineup could spoil the magic of the music. For years, pianist John Law has had an effective formula with his Art of Sound Trio, with drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Sam Burgess, but Three Leaps of the Gazelle announces a significant change: Burgess is replaced by bassist Yuri Goloubev, a virtuoso musician and an old acquaintance of ...

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John Law, Sam Burgess, and Asaf Sirkis at Norwich Arts Centre, UK

Read "John Law, Sam Burgess, and Asaf Sirkis at Norwich Arts Centre, UK" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

John Law, Sam Burgess, and Asaf Sirkis Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, UK November 30, 2009

The piano trio is a well-established jazz line-up, and its popularity is at something of a high on the British scene. The apparent ubiquity of the format makes it difficult to see how there can be room for originality, then along comes the combination of pianist John Law, bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Asaf Sirkis and such ...

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John Law: Deeper into the Music

Read "John Law: Deeper into the Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Classical music and jazz are often perceived as two radically different art forms that cannot be merged. Historically, the idea of a so-called “third stream" that is able to combine the language of jazz and classical music into a coherent whole has proved rather difficult to translate into praxis, and yet it is undeniable that a bond, however fragile, exists between the two musics. This was evident from the very beginning, with pianist Scott Joplin's ambition to create a musical ...

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John Law / Sam Burgess / Asaf Sirkis: Congregation: The Art of Sound Volume 4

Read "Congregation: The Art of Sound Volume 4" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In music, the material of the artist is sound. Music is the shaping of sound. It's no coincidence, then, that British pianist John Law has named his ambitious tetralogy The Art of Sound. The final installment, Congregation: The Art of Sound Volume 4, finds Law working with the same trio--bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Asaf Sirkis--as he did on the very first release in the series, The Art of Sound (33 Jazz, 2007).

One of the advantages of ...

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John Law Quartet: Abacus

Read "Abacus" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Classically trained pianist, John Law took a shining to jazz while in his 20’s and eventually teamed up with some of Europe’s best and brightest free jazz artisans yet subsequently decided to tone matters down a bit. Here, Law aligns with American drummer/composer Gerry Hemingway for a spirited set also featuring Law’s longtime associates, saxophonist, Jon Lloyd and bassist, Tim Wells.

Marked by the leader’s linear lines, spaciously perpetuated statements and limber left-hand, right-hand coordination, the quartet pursues peppery rhythms ...