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Shy Mascot: The Changing Face Of Ireland

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The bar is lit by dim neon bulbs. And the grey daylight streaming in from outside barely puts up a fight against their sickly colours. Shy Mascot sit at the back-four of their five members around two small tables tucked into a nook. The band's rapper, Jamel, is hunched over his knees on the left and beside him is drummer Andy O'Farrell. Vocalist Fiadh Rua Gregg sits in the centre with bassist Keith Tobin on the right. Keyboardist Éanna Ryder ...

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Reto Anneler: Stille Post

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Stille Post is a record as spacious as a solar system. Reto Anneler's alto and Cristoph Grab's tenor move around the rhythm section like planets orbiting a distant sun. And when the two horns align, the music glows with the red light of an eclipse, shining down on the spare basslines and pointed drumming of Claudio Strüby and Lukas Traxel. Who seem to capture the rhythms rather than mould them. And then lay them out like faded tracks for the ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Various Venues Galway Jazz Festival Galway, Ireland October 5, 2018 Thursday night's curtain rose on a brighter day, and a breeze blew gently down Galway's streets carrying the smell of the city on its back: petrol, coffee, sea-salt, cigarettes. Late-arrivers hurried down the cobbles to their workplaces. The growl of delivery vans filled the street between the businesses that line the main drag, ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 3

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Various Bands Various Venues Galway Jazz Festival Galway, Ireland October 6, 2018 On Saturday morning in The Mick Lally Theatre's lobby, Galway Jazz Festival's Pop Up Record Shop sold the works and wares of the festival's many performers. Meanwhile, over the customers' heads in a loft rehearsal space, Toner Quinn from the Journal Of Music led the “Brexit Schmexit" panel. The ...

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2018 Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 4

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Various Artists Various Venues 2018 Galway Jazz Festival Galway, Ireland October 7, 2018 On the screen at Galway's Pálás cinema, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Ray Charles repeated their famed performance from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, immortalized in the film reels of Jazz On A Summer's Day. On the rooftop terrace at Biteclub, the venue that closed last on ...

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Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

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The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted melds the gentleness of a forest with all the freedom of its animals. The sounds can roam uninhibited and wild. But they all play ...

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Norihiro Kikuta: Oporo

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Like blasts of radio static, the electronics on tracks such as “Into The Tunnel" and “Tuesday" of Norihiro Kikuta's album contrast starkly with the spacious, pastoral acoustics of the aphoristic tracks such as “Prospect Park" and “Hudson Park." So short are most of the tracks on the 14-song tracklist that rather than evoke musical comparisons, they are more akin to the strange lilting poems of Richard Brautigan--where all the gentleness of a meadow breeze is channeled through the stanzas contained ...

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Jerusalem In My Heart: Daqa'iq Tudaiq

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In a thrilling juxtaposition, the record's jagged synthesisers clash with its rolling rhythms. As the beats' hypnotic loops lure in the unwary the electronics buzz and chatter like insects at sundown. The swarming, shimmering sounds of evening's approach. On Daqa'iq Tudaiq (Constellation Records, 2018) Jerusalem In My Heart hold the avant-garde up to the Arabian twilight. And trace the sonic silhouette in the LP's grooves. Side one's echoing, melismatic vocals float above the Middle-Eastern pulse. Coloured by an ...

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Erik Palmberg: First Lines

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The playing is spare, cooled. At its best it shines like a new blade in the sunlight, with all the pointed passion of a brilliant sentence. At its lowest, Erik Palmberg's First Lines loses that shine and replaces it with sheen: the glittering finish of studio perfection. A coat worn to flesh out the music. But that doesn't fill its empty core. Particularly on “Erland's Song" and “Another Waltz," the music drifts away into empty glitziness. Metamorphosing from ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 1

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Galway Jazz Festival Galway, Ireland October 5, 2018 The rain came up from the south-west over the Atlantic. Setting a slab of grey cloud on Galway's sky. A piper sat on Shop Street beneath the slanted rainfall, his waist-length hair flattened to his back. And as the city stretched itself awake to his air the cold light shone on the first day of the ...

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Q Morrow: There Are Stars In Brooklyn

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Like America, the ideas are good. And just like the USA, they are lost in translation, from concept to being. Q Morrow's There Are Stars In Brooklyn combines jazz with Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Carnatic music. It is the product of a curious mind and an interconnected world, specifically of the United States, where different peoples, cultures, and musics are accessible to the enlightened who seek them out. However, there are post-surgery scars on this splicing of styles, where the ideas ...

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Daniel Bennett: We Are the Orchestra

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The music rolls out of the speakers as a breeze shimmers over the prairie. Evoking scenes of broad, open grasslands. The Daniel Bennett Group's We Are The Orchestra plays out like a collage of genres and cultures: Italian opera, American jazz and folk, tinges of East Africa. A vivid tapestry woven from disparate threads. That rather than rehashing musical history, hints at the possibilities of the future. On a track such as “Theme From Ernani" those far off ...