Articles by Ian Patterson

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Atom String Quartet: Seifert

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Jazz string quartets are rare. Jazz string quartets as brilliant as Atom String Quartet, the Polish ensemble founded in 2010, are rarer still. This, the quartet's fourth release, sees Dawid Lubowicz, Mateusz Smoczyński (both violin), Michal Zaborski (viola) and Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) embrace the music of Zbigniew Seifert, the great Polish violinist--and initially saxophonist--of Tomasz Stanko's first quintet in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and a celebrated performer and composer in his own right. Seifert's star shone brightly but ...

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Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

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Although it's been nearly seven years since Tohpati Ethnomission's Save The Planet (2010), Indonesian guitarist Tohpati has hardly been idle in that time, with several notable releases to his credit on Moonjune Records. Thanks to Leonardo Pavkovic's New York label, Riot (2012), Faces (2017)--both under the moniker Tohpati Bertiga--The Sixth Story (2013), the swansong of the brilliant, though now sadly defunct gamelan-cum-jazz fusion ensemble simakDialog, and Tribal Dance (2014), a solo project featuring Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip, have helped ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Billed as a ten-year celebration of Lloyd's New Quartet featuring Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers and Jason Moran, this 2016 live set actually marked the quartet's first extended tour in over three years and its first release since the extraordinary Athens Concert (ECM, 2011) -an indication of the difficulties of keeping together a working group of contemporary stars. Inevitably perhaps, this set draws heavily from Lloyd's lovingly dog-eared songbook, yet an exercise in nostalgia, this is not. The ...

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WVC: Do Not Go Gently

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WVC has, over the course of five albums, earned a reputation as one of the finest jazz ensembles in Malaysia, since it was founded by pianist/composer Tay Cher Siang in 2006. Since Waiting For That Day (Self Produced, 2014), WVC has been busy; a twenty-three date, nineteen-city tour of China, Macua and Thailand was followed by further gigs in Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo. Not for nothing does the music on Do Not Go Gently exhibit the energy and spontaneous feel ...

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Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace

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At seventy nine years young Charles Lloyd is showing no signs of slowing down. The summer months see the Memphis saxophonist/flautist on the North American and European festival circuits with his quartet of Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, followed by dates with The Marvels, Lloyd's most recent group, featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Rogers and Harland. The latter formation's baptism came with the acclaimed I Long to See You (Blue Note, 2016), and the good news ...

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Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature

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Azerbaijani saxophonist/composer Rain Sultanov has long drawn inspiration from his country's rich culture and stunning landscapes. On Inspired by Nature--Sultanov's eighth release as leader--the saxophonist toggles between lyrical balladry and passionate exposition as he takes Azerbaijan's nature as his muse. And it has been an epic venture. With a band of trusted musicians, Sultanov led an expedition around Azerbaijan, recording the natural sounds they encountered in the great mountains, by the Caspian Sea and on the flat plains. These recordings ...

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Joseph Leighton Trio at Jazzhole

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Joseph Leighton Trio Jazzhole, Top of the Town Omagh, N. Ireland June 24, 2017 Jazzhole may not be the most enticing name for N. Ireland's newest jazz venue. Then again, who's to say? For in spite of, or perhaps because of the borderline pejorative/boho-chic ambiguity of the name, around forty people turned out on a Saturday night to see the trio of Joseph Leighton, one of Ireland's most promising jazz six-stringers.

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Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird

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In Richard Bach's book Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Macmillan 1970), the tale of a seagull with a passion for flight and freedom, there is a line that goes: “Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly." Nicole Johänntgen, jazz musician, composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for women musicians, saw the way to fly from an early ...

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Will Butterworth Trio/Adam Turns at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

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Will Butterworth Trio/Adam Turns: The Nightingale & The Rose Crescent Arts Centre Belfast Book Festival Belfast, N. Ireland June 17, 2017 Fortune and happenstance collided beautifully at the Belfast Book Festival with the performance of pianist Will Butterworth's jazz suite “The Nightingale & the Rose," inspired by Oscar Wilde's children's tale of the same name. That Wilde's tale--written in 1888--has been frequently adapted for the opera, ballet, cantata and even Sufi poetry, says ...


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