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Stan Sulzmann: Neon Quartet

Read "Stan Sulzmann: Neon Quartet" reviewed by Chris May

Stan Sulzmann is among the most singular saxophonists in the UK, with an instantly recognizable, lush but rough-edged sound, and a distinguished track record as a composer and arranger for large and small bands.Born in London in 1948, Sulzmann is approaching veteran status and is a source of inspiration to many of Britain's emerging younger musicians, three of whom-vibraphonist Jim Hart, keyboardist Kit Downes and drummer Tim Giles-play alongside him in Neon Quartet. The group's second album, Subjekt ...

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Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Quartet: A New Fluorescence

Read "Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Quartet: A New Fluorescence" reviewed by Chris May

Neon QuartetCatch MeEdition Records2010 Among the albums released by British saxophonists in 2010, two at least are destined for the best-of-year lists. One is Nat Birchall's Guiding Spirit (Gondwana), the other is Catch Me by Stan Sulzmann's Neon Quartet. There are similarities. To varying degrees, each saxophonist takes John Coltrane's lyrical, mid-1960s recordings as a starting point, Birchall explicitly and to the exclusion of practically all else, Sulzmann through a more refracted, kaleidoscopic and ...

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Neon: Here To There

Read "Here To There" reviewed by John Kelman

Institutional education is undeniably a very good thing, despite running the risk of turning out too many players with a “cook book" approach to improvisation. Still, it limits the number of emergent artists transcending such limitations, and developing individual voices as players and writers. Scottish pianist Gwilym Simcock has, since coming to jazz late in his teens, grown at a near exponential rate through associations with Bill Bruford, Tim Garland and the chamber jazz trio, Acoustic Triangle. His debut as ...

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Stan Sulzmann/Marc Copland/Larry Grenadier/Bill Stewart: The Jigsaw

Read "The Jigsaw" reviewed by John Kelman

In a move that on first glance seems more aimed at garnering him a broader audience than anything else, British sax legend Stan Sulzmann is teamed with a dream team of American players including pianist Marc Copland, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart for The Jigsaw. But if the grouping smells suspiciously of “session gig," one listen to this outstanding disc is enough to dispel such skepticism. Truth be told, Copland has a relationship with Sulzmann that goes back ...

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The Stan Sulzmann Big Band: Birthdays, Birthdays

Read "Birthdays, Birthdays" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Sulzmann, best known to Jazz fans in Great Britain as a resourceful post–bop saxophonist with a readily identifiable sound, proves on this provocative big–band debut album (inspired by Stan’s 50th birthday party) that he is a composer / arranger whose insights and originality are well above the norm. Every selection on Birthdays, Birthdays was arranged by Sulzmann, and each one bears the mark of a first–rate craftsman who writes with the entire band in mind. Stylistically, Sulzmann is more ...


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