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Three Matchless Recordings

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Eddie Prévost has accumulated a range of achievements, any one of which would have guaranteed his place in the pantheon of improvised music. One of the founding members of AMM back in 1965, drummer Prévost is the only ever-present member of the iconic group. In November 1999, he first convened the hugely influential London workshop which (events permitting) has met to improvise every Friday evening since; the number of attendees has ranged from single figures to mid-twenties, with ...

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Tara Minton: Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid

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Born in Melbourne, Australia, but resident in London since 2011, Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and song writer who straddles the boundary between jazz and contemporary composition. She has an interestingly eclectic musical history; she previously played with Melbourne Opera for some years and also toured with Björk. Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid is her second album following The Tides of Love (Self Produced, 2016). It is no coincidence that both album titles have watery connections; Minton grew ...

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Mary Halvorson At 40

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Guitarist Mary Halvorson enrolled to study Biology at Wesleyan University, but she soon dropped the subject after sitting in on one of saxophonist Anthony Braxton's music classes there, instead studying jazz. By November 2004, shortly after her twenty-fourth birthday, Halvorson played guitar at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as a member of Braxton's quintet, the first of many appearances with the saxophonist. In addition, Halvorson played with or--from 2008--led a burgeoning number of groups, often including other Braxton alumni such ...

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Elsewhere Piano Series No. 2

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When Elsewhere released its three-album Piano Series No.1 in the summer of 2019, the All About Jazz review of it concluded as follows,"This Piano Series consists of three distinctively different recordings, any one of which would have attracted attention and plaudits in its own right. It is a measure of the quality of the series that it is impossible to single out one of the three as being the best of the bunch; they are different but equal. Roll on ...

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Two "Unusual" releases on Another Timbre

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In Another Timbre's brief notes about the label's autumn 2020 releases, two of the five album descriptions included the word “unusual," the first time that this has occurred. Monument of Diamonds is described as “using an unusual 17-tone scale developed by Erv Wilson." That is followed by the blurb for Good Day Good Day Bad Day Day, which makes a link between the two: “Talking of unusual, Oliver Leith's extraordinary 45-minute piece for piano, keyboards and percussion."

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Keune Lash Noble: And Now

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The trio of German saxophonist Stefan Keune with British bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Steve Noble first came together in September 2013 when they appeared at guitarist John Russell's monthly Mopomoso afternoon at The Vortex, Keune having been a regular visitor there through his duo with Russell which dates back to the 90's. The trio worked well together and, a couple of months later, returned to The Vortex to record Fractions (NoBusiness, 2015) which was issued as a limited edition ...

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Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland

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The chaos brought about by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown hit the livelihoods of most musicians, causing real hardship, difficulties and anxiety for many. The Another Timbre label took action to assist them in several practical ways; it distributed over £3,000 from sales during the pandemic to many musicians whose work it released; in conjunction with other organisations, it put together special playlists and podcasts which were sold via Bandcamp, with the proceeds going to musicians. Finally, and most relevant here, ...


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