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Chip Wickham: Shamal Wind

Read "Shamal Wind" reviewed by Chris May

British flautist and saxophonist Chip Wickham is a graduate of the fertile 1990s modal-jazz scene in the northern city of Manchester. It has produced some stellar talents, amongst whom saxophonist Nat Birchall and trumpeter Matthew Halsall shine most prominently. But while Birchall and Halsall, who guests on one track on Shamal Wind, have each notched up a decent number of releases under their own names--some of them on Halsall's home town-focused Gondwana label--Shamal Wind is only Wickham's second album as ...

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Chip Wickham: La Sombra

Read "La Sombra" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Twenty-five years into his career as a professional musician, saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham has released his solo debut. La Sombra, recorded in Madrid with three excellent musicians from that city's jazz scene, is gorgeous. Wickham hails from Manchester, in north-west England. The area is home to some distinctive musicians, most notably trumpeter Matthew Halsall and saxophonist Nat Birchall. Much of La Sombra shares the spiritual vibe that characterizes the music of both these men and takes inspiration, ...