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Elliot Galvin: Live In Paris At Fondation Louis Vuitton

Read "Live In Paris At Fondation Louis Vuitton" reviewed by Chris May

An inventive and adventurous keyboard player and composer, Elliot Galvin is active in Britain's jazz and contemporary-classical worlds. He is making a strong impression on the former. Galvin is a member of the Mercury Music Prize-nominated band Dinosaur, whose Wonder Trail (Edition) was among the highlights of 2018. His duo album Ex Nihilo (ByrdOut), made with London alternative jazz scene luminary, tenor saxophonist Binker Golding, was a highlight of 2019. On those albums, Galvin plays synths and ...

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Elliot Galvin: Modern Times

Read "Modern Times" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following on from Dreamland (2015, Chaos Collective), Punch (Edition, 2016) and The Influencing Machine (Edition, 2018), Elliot Galvin's fourth album is a departure from the previous two. Here he abandons his electronic gadgetry in favour of pure acoustic instrumentation. This was a deliberate move on Galvin's part since the inspiration for album derived from witnessing a solo piano concert in Montreux by Jason Moran. Unusually, Modern Times was recorded and mixed “live" straight to vinyl in one session with no ...

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12 Points 2018

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12 Points 2018 The Sugar Club Dublin, Ireland September 5-8, 2018 Returning to its spiritual home of Dublin after back-to-back editions in San Sebastian and Aarhus, 12 Points 2018 marks one of the highpoints of the Irish musical year. Its appeal lies not just in the fact that it brings together twelve bands from twelve countries, after all, many festivals can boats similar geographical reach, but rather in its spirit of adventurous.

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Elliot Galvin: The Influencing Machine

Read "The Influencing Machine" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Influencing Machine is a concept album based on the book of the same name by Mike Jay. This true account tells the story of James Tilley-Matthews, a tea merchant and double agent, architect and political thinker. Born in 1770, Tilley- Matthews was renowned not just for his various and varied professional activities, but more because he was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed he was controlled by a machine that he coined an air loom. Committed to Bethlem psychiatric hospital ...

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Elliot Galvin Trio: Punch

Read "Punch" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Punch is the follow-up to British pianist Elliot Galvin's debut album Dreamland, released in 2014 and his first for Edition Records. The title track opens with an ancient recording of a Punch and Judy show which forms a recurring leitmotif within the number and at a few other points throughout the album. The ensuing trio's performance contains all the vituperative attack of Mr Punch, replete with fascinating staccato interludes of interspersed and alternating bouts of silence, the Punch recording and ...

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Elliot Galvin Trio: Dreamland

Read "Dreamland" reviewed by Roger Farbey

From the jokey toy piano start of “Ism" to the aborted boogie woogie of “Blues" where Galvin introduces a reflective change of mood, introducing a luxuriant chord-rich theme, it's patently obvious that this is no ordinary piano trio album. The pastoral “A Major" for example, one of the less frenetic tracks, nonetheless contains its own intriguing meanderings. This contrasts sharply with the succeeding, feistier “J.J." which is propelled by an insistent bass and drum-led rhythm. The sparse ...


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