Articles by Ian Patterson

LIVE REVIEWS

Richie Buckley With The Scott Flanigan Trio @ The Sunflower, Belfast

Read "Richie Buckley With The Scott Flanigan Trio @ The Sunflower, Belfast" reviewed by

Richie Buckley With The Scott Flanigan Trio The Sunflower Belfast, N. Ireland February 8, 2017 “We have a bit of a surprise for you for you," The M.C. and promoter David Gould told the audience who had packed the upstairs bar of The Sunflower, in anticipation of Irish saxophone legend Richie Buckley's gig. It sounded promising. In a glittering career, Buckley has played/recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Louis Stewart, Van Morrison, Jon Hendricks, Mary Coughlan, Bob ...

INTERVIEWS

Laura Jurd: Big Footprints

Read "Laura Jurd: Big Footprints" reviewed by

Every few years a band appears that injects a welcome shot of adrenaline into the jazz mainstream, exciting media, promoters and fans alike--the Neil Cowley Trio, Phronesis, GoGo Penguin and Snarky Puppy all spring to mind. Dinosaur, an English quartet led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, is being widely tipped to create such waves on the strength of Its debut album, Together, As One (Editions, 2016). It's received glowing reviews, catapulting the group to the front cover of Jazzwise--the UK's leading ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dinosaur: Together, As One

Read "Together, As One" reviewed by

The debut album of the newly baptized Dinosaur--but the second album of the group formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, following Landing Ground (Chaos Collective, 2012)--sees composer Jurd inspired by Miles Davis's late 1960s/early 1970s electric period. Though Jurd's trumpet, Elliot Galvin's Fender Rhodes/Hammond soundscapes and the persistent grooves plied by Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick broadly invoke Davis' brooding electric canvases, the quartet eschews Davis' percussion-heavy, trance-like jams in favour of a leaner, more direct and more tuneful ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

SLIXS: Playgrounds

Read "Playgrounds" reviewed by

The six members of German a cappella group SLIXS have been honing their instruments together, that's to say their voices, for over a decade. Few vocal groups can match SLIXS' energy and musical charisma, or its masterly fusion of funk, pop, jazz and baroque idioms. SLIXS' unforgettable live shows brought them to the attention of Bobby McFerrin, with whom the band subsequently toured, and his influence is undoubtedly felt on Playgrounds. However, the nine original compositions, the lion's share composed ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin

Read "Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin" reviewed by

Erik Friedlander Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland February 4, 2017 The sense of privilege was inescapable. To be one of a small number of people present at an intimate performance of music so beautiful felt like a royal invitation. Cellist Erik Friedlander was born the year that Oscar Pettiford died, in 1960, and although nearly half a century has elapsed since Pettiford's death at the age of thirty eight--when he ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Ian Shaw With The Phil Ware Trio at The Workmans Club

Read "Ian Shaw With The Phil Ware Trio at The Workmans Club" reviewed by

Ian Shaw With The Phil Ware Trio The Workmans Club jny:Dublin, Ireland January 21, 2017 A full house at The Workmans Club for Ian Shaw with the Phil Ware Trio was a heartening sight. Anything less, however, would have been disappointing, for Shaw is rightly considered by many as one of the greatest male jazz vocalists of this or possibly any other era. If he couldn't draw a decent crowd then jazz would really ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ari Hoenig: The Pauper And The Magician

Read "The Pauper And The Magician" reviewed by

Concept albums have largely been the domain of progressive rock bands, whilst jazzers tend to prefer the term 'suite' to describe thematically linked pieces of music. Ari Hoenig's The Pauper and the Magician is arguably more the former than the latter, as these six compositions are inspired by a fable-like tale of Hoenig's design, without overt musical continuity. But for the liner notes describing the narrative as it unfolds--an evil magician entices a panhandling pauper to enter his wicked realm--it ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Insufficient Funs: Insufficient Funs

Read "Insufficient Funs" reviewed by

An original name, if not quite such an original concept. Saxophone and drum duets used to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's 1960s collaboration always the benchmark. In recent years, however, this striking duo combination has seen something of a boom. Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins; Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly; Tatsuya Nakatani and Michel Doneda; Eliel Sherman Storey and Famoudou Don Moye; Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano; Neil Welch and Chris ...

INTERVIEWS

Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

Read "Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?" reviewed by

Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, whose discography as a leader straddles acoustic jazz, film soundtracks, Americana roots, literature-inspired improvisations, extended suites, avant-garde/contemporary classical music, and compositions inspired by ancient ...


Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!