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Dinosaur: To The Earth

Read "To The Earth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

One of the flag bearers of contemporary British jazz, Dinosaur's rise to more international renown accelerated with its signing to Edition Records, and the subsequent release of Together, As One (2016) and Wondertrail. (2018). Formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, the band had already been going since 2010, releasing one album, Landing Ground (Chaos Collective, 2012) to general critical approval. Each album displays significant personality—the embrace of strings, or analogue keyboards—and Jurd's refusal to tread the same stylistic water. ...

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Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental

Read "Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental" reviewed by Chris May

Whatever other delights come along during 2020 in the way of great jazz albums, it is a near certainty that among the joint number ones will be To The Earth (Edition) by Dinosaur. Formed as the Laura Jurd Quartet in 2010 by students at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and still led by trumpeter and composer Jurd, the band's lineup has remained unchanged since its inception. It is completed by pianist and keyboard player Elliot Galvin, bassist ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dinosaur: To The Earth

Read "To The Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Edition label has remained independent of London's post-2015 alternative jazz scene, whose aesthetic is formed in part by the emphases of identity politics and which now, in 2020, has gone overground with the signing of three bands led by movement auteur Shabaka Hutchings to Impulse! in the US. Edition, which was founded in 2008 by pianist Dave Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson, has preferred to pursue its own path. It has done so with magnificent style. (The label made ...

LIVE REVIEW

Brilliant Corners 2020

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Brilliant Corners 2020 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland February 27 to March 7, 2020 Maybe it's global warming, for just as the first bloom of spring in these strange times appears in February, so too, Brilliant Corners starts ever earlier. From its first, modest edition over three days in mid-March 2013, Belfast's only jazz festival has gradually fattened into a ten-day feast. But instead of reaching towards the warmer days of Spring, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In

Read "Stepping Back, Jumping In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

English trumpeter Laura Jurd is a phenomenally creative composer and improviser who is unafraid to explore new musical ideas and defy genre boundaries. The 2019 addition to her intriguing discography, the multilayered Stepping Back, Jumping In is unique in its originality yet bearing Jurd's signature approach to stylistic fusion. Three performance spaces in the UK commissioned various parts of the album and one provided the recording studios for it. For the session Jurd has augmented her working band. Dinosaur, with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In

Read "Stepping Back, Jumping In" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Laura Jurd's Stepping Back, Jumping In was commissioned by the major London music venue, King's Place, as part of its “Venus Unwrapped" series. Jurd debuted her project at the venue on March 1, 2019 followed by St George's Bristol and The Sage, Gateshead on March 4 and 5, 2019 where this album was recorded. The tonal colour and eccentric rhythmic dynamics of Jurd's “Jumping In" instantly mark this as no ordinary event. The juxtaposition of spasmodic banjo, euphonium ...

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Dinosaur Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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These four twenty-somethings have each established their own name in British jazz. The most prominent name in Dinosaur is trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, who has previously been voted BBC New Generation Artist. The accessible synth pop of the 1980s is an important influence on the recent album Wonder Trail (Edition Records), on which she also plays synth and sings. Elliot Galvin's synthesizers also play an important role on the album. Galvin has played the BIMHUIS before with his own ...


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