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Album Review

Josephine Davies: How Can We Wake?

Read "How Can We Wake?" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Straight out of Europe's hippest jazz-scene, London-based saxophonist Josephine Davie's third effort with her trio, Satori, offers a collage of melodic meditations that simultaneously defy and conform to their rhythmic and harmonic frames. As All About Jazz's Chris May very fittingly puts it in an extensive conversation with the saxophonist, unlike many of her UK-based contemporaries, Davies' brand of jazz isn't made up of dancefloor grooves or Afro-infused beats, but instead searches for innovation in the Far East, ...

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Interview

Josephine Davies: Way Out East: New Directions In Jazz

Read "Josephine Davies: Way Out East:  New Directions In Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Compared to many other bands which have emerged on jny: London's paradigm-shifting jazz scene since the mid 2010s, saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies' trio Satori has attracted relatively little noise. There has been high praise from specialist critics but little mainstream media coverage and even less social media chatter. This may be because, unlike many of its contemporaries, Satori, though rhythmically rich, is not infused with dancefloor-friendly grooves. Davies instead looks to Eastern culture, particularly to Buddhist texts and meditation ...

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Album Review

Josephine Davies: How Can We Wake?

Read "How Can We Wake?" reviewed by Chris May


Compared to many of the other premier-league bands on the new London jazz scene, tenor saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies' Satori has attracted relatively little noise. There has been high praise from specialist critics, but little of the social media ballyhoo that has surrounded, for instance, bands led by fellow tenors Nubya Garcia and Binker Golding (who deserve all the praise they get). This may be because, unlike many of its contemporaries, Satori's style, though rhythmically rich, is not infused ...

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Radio

¡Golpe!, Josephine Davies & Ken Field

Read "¡Golpe!, Josephine Davies & Ken Field" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Threesomes! If that's your thing, go for it, but in jazz there's no doubt of the dominance of trios as a common format. Four outstanding trios highlight this edition of OMJ: Portugal's explorative duo ¡Golpe! adds the outstanding bassist Masa Kamaguchi for its excellent new release, Totem, while two others maintain what's working: Bill Frisell with Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston and England's Josephine Davies using saxophone and her Satori trio to take us through a Buddhism-related progam of fine ...

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Album Review

Josephine Davies' Satori: In The Corners Of Clouds

Read "In The Corners Of Clouds" reviewed by Roger Farbey


It's interesting to compare In The Corners Of Clouds with Josephine Davies' previous album simply entitled Satori (Whirlwind, 2017). That live album was recorded at a gig in London in 2016, whereas In The Corners Of Clouds was recorded at Buffalo Studios, London in February 2018. The line-up has changed slightly too with Paul Clarvis replaced by James Maddren on drums, but essentially both share the attributes of consistent inventiveness. The serpentine, Eastern-inflected “Wabi Sabi" catches and holds ...

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Album Review

Josephine Davies: Satori

Read "Satori" reviewed by Roger Farbey


An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Josephine Davies's follow-up to her 2010 Trio Records album Perspective. She is a member of the excellent London Jazz Orchestra which habitually stuns audiences with its collective virtuosity; she also composes for this big band too. She appeared on fellow LJO member Pete Hurt's landmark 2016 release A New Start. Between them, bassist Dave Whitford and drummer Paul Clarvis have large enough CVs to fill a couple of hefty articles. ...


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