Articles by Ian Patterson

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Izabella Effenberg Trio: IZA

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The vibraphone seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with any number of outstanding exponents of the instrument popping up in all corners of the world. Izabella Effenberg may be a new name for many, but the Polish vibraphonist has already collaborated with the likes of Tony Lakatos, Magnus Ostrom, Nippy Noya and Nicole Johanntgen. Based on Iza--her second outing as leader, it mightn't be long before Effenberg becomes better known internationally, for there's much to admire ...

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Sue Rynhart: Signals

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Following her impressive debut, Crossings (Songs for Voice and Double Bass) (Self Produced, 2015), Dubliner Sue Rynhart returns with more finely crafted, beguiling songs. Once more, bassist Dan Bodwell lends hefty doses of jazz-inflection, his infectious ostinatos and roaming improvisations shadowing and shading the contours of Rynhart's artfully through-composed pieces. There are more timbral textures on Signals than its predecessor; Rynhart's deft use of mbira, recorders and zither, and Francesco Turrisi's lute and Medieval drum add specific colors that are, ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

I Called Him Morgan at Belfast Film Festival 2017

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I Called Him Morgan (2016) A film by Kasper Collin Belfast Film Festival Strand Arts Centre, jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 31, 2017 There was something appropriate about the screening of Kasper Collin's documentary I Called Him Morgan in the Strand Arts Centre. The furnishings of this old, art-deco cinema look little changed from the 1950s, when, on the other side of the Atlantic, trumpeter Lee Morgan burst onto the New York jazz scene ...

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Barry Guy & Izumi Kimura At The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

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Barry Guy & Izumi Kimura The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin, Ireland March 12, 2017 The Hugh Lane Gallery has been hosting free Sunday afternoon concerts in Dublin for over forty years--a remarkable feat by any yardstick. It's the quality of the music, however, that makes this weekly event something truly special. This Sunday saw Barry Guy and Izumi Kimura together for the first time, as part of the inaugural Spectrum festival, a weekend celebration of ...

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Brilliant Corners 2017

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Brilliant Corners 2017 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 7-11, 2017 In just five years, Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--has earned a reputation for adventurous programing. The 2017 edition went one further, with the inclusion of alt rock and electronic music stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a jazz festival these days. Or perhaps not, for as jazz celebrates its first centenary it's practically the norm throughout Europe--and elsewhere--that other styles of ...

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Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang: Ha Noi Duo

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After exploring the pop culture of the 1960s/1970s in Songs of Freedom (ACT Music, 2011) and paying big-band tribute to Pink Floyd's iconic album on Celebrating The Dark Side of the Moon (ACT Music, 2014), French guitarist/producer Nguyên Lê returns to explore his Vietnamese ancestry on Hà Nôi Duo, with vocalist/multi- instrumentalist Ngô Hồng Quang and several of Le's trusted collaborators. It's Lê's sixth album to take Vietnamese music as a launching pad, and whilst the traditional elements are deeply ...

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Bruno Raberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

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Sweden boasts a long tradition of producing notable double bassists--Georg Riedel, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Lars Danielsson, Dan Berglund and Petter Eldh all spring to mind. Bruno Råberg is another whose virtuosity and lyricism have propelled him to international renown, as a collaborator with some of jazz's most eminent names, and, since 1986, as a Professor at Berklee College of Music. As a leader on his Orbis Music label, Råberg has shifted from quartet (Ascensio 2003) and nonet settings (Chrysalis, ...

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Marius Neset/London Sinfonietta: Snowmelt

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That Marius Neset would eventually produce an extended orchestral-inspired work had been on the cards for some time. As early as his debut as leader, Suite for the Seven Mountains (Calibrated, 2008), the Norwegian saxophonist was incorporating strings into a contemporary jazz setting with a very personal stamp of authority. The extraordinary Birds (Edition Records, 2013) took the concept to exhilarating heights, with the addition of just a seven-piece chamber ensemble to his quintet producing complex, multi-layered sonic tapestries that ...

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

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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 ...


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