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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kevin Brady: Ensam

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The trans-Atlantic trio of drummer/composer Kevin Brady, Bill Carrothers and Dave Redmond first came together in 2006, since when it has toured more frequently than it's recorded. Ensam (LRP Music, 2016), the group's third outing, following Common Ground (The Livingroom Project, 2007) and Zeitgeist (Fresh Sounds, New Talent, 2009), is an intimate three-way dialogue, with veteran English singer Norma Winstone adding lustre to several tracks. Brady--who penned all the original tunes--leaves an abundance of room for his colleagues to explore ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hanna Paulsberg Concept: Eastern Smiles

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Hanna Paulsberg's tenor saxophone voice is increasingly in demand for a wide variety of projects, from the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra to collaborations with Ellen Andrea Wang, Jon Balke, Andreas Ulvo, Erland Dahlen and veteran Knut Rissnaes. Yet her standing as a composer and leader of one of Norway's most outstanding young quartets has been firmly established with releases such as Waltz for Lili (Ora Fonogram, 2012) and Song for Josia (Ora Fonogram, 2014). Eastern Smiles, her third release, and first ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Amethyst at McHughs, Belfast

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Amethyst McHughs Belfast, N. Ireland August 10, 2016 With an increasing number of talented Northern Irish jazz musicians recording and gigging both home and abroad, jazz is this corner of the world seems to be in fairly robust health. Add to that Belfast's own jazz festival of international standing, Brilliant Corners- -making waves since 2013--and there's plenty to be excited about. Amethyst, a straight-ahead quintet featuring local and foreign-based musicians, is the latest group ...

BOOK REVIEWS

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

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50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival Arnaud Robert 398 Pages ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3 Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel 2016 It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for Montreux, described by Deep Purple in the early 1970s as “a sleepy little town full of old ladies and tea rooms." To ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

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Continuity and progress are the watchwords for A Room of One's Own (Inner Circle Music, 2015), Yuhan Su's follow-up to Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), her impressive debut for Greg Osby's label. New York-based Taiwanese vibraphonist Su's debut announced a melodic composer of nuance and sensitivity and a soloist of some style. A Room of One's Own bears all the same hallmarks -well-defined tunes, elegant, tightly woven compositional frameworks and fine individual showings. Yet here, Su is working with ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love, A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams

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Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's aptly titled King of Swing, is celebrating forty years as a professional jazz pianist and composer in 2016. These two releases span the last twelve months and find Monteiro in two quite distinct settings. The first recording, To Paris with Love: A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand finds Monteiro in a duo setting with the great Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao, reinterpreting the songbook of the prolific French composer/arranger. Brazilian Dreams, as the title intimates, ...

INTERVIEWS

Carla Bley: Shoe Leather, Mystery & Moxie

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With the passing of time. That's roughly how the title of Carla Bley's second trio album for ECM translates. Bley turned eighty a few months before the release of Andando el Tiempo but the passing years, if anything, have sharpened her composer's claws and whetted her playing appetite, judging by the music on this, her third collaboration with Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard following the live album Songs With Legs (Watt, 1994) and Trios (ECM, 2013). While most ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Montreux Jazz Festival 2016

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016 Various Venues jny: Montreux, Switzerland July 9-12, 2016 No matter at what point, or for how long you dipped into the Montreux Jazz Festival during the seventeen days of its 50th edition, the sense of history was palpable. Charles Lloyd was present, just as he was in 1967. Deep Purple and Dweezil Zappa formed a poignant double-header on MJF 50's final night, recalling the 1971 fire at the old ...


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