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Terry Pack: Palimpsest

Read "Palimpsest" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

During a career that spans four decades, British bassist Terry Pack has been a member of prog rockers The Enid, worked as a session musician for a diverse array of musicians including Steve Howe and Candy Dulfer and played in bands across much of the world from Europe to South America and Australia. He played jazz from his earliest years as a musician, working with singer Liane Carroll from the early 1980s, and in 2006 he released his first album ...

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Nikki Iles Quintet: Veils

Read "Veils" reviewed by John Kelman

The vibrancy of the British jazz scene is something that for the most part continues to elude listeners on the North American side of the Atlantic. While some artists, including trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist John Taylor, are receiving their proper due--Taylor, though, only in recent times--others, including saxophonists Martin Speake , Stan Sulzmann and Iain Ballamy, still await the broader recognition they so duly deserve. Add to that list pianist Nikki Iles, who, along with some fine collaborations with ...

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Jazz Outreach Project: Digital Directions

Read "Digital Directions" reviewed by John Kelman

With a simple but ambitious premise the Jazz Outreach Project, a concept financed by the Arts Council England, commissioned by the Brighton Jazz Club, and given a vehicle for release by Antony Durrant and Nick Belcher of UK's Symbol Records, solicited some of the UK's most forward-reaching musicians to create works that would incorporate current technology into a jazz context. The resulting album, Digital Directions , is as diverse as one would expect, yet it manages to maintain a focus ...

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Anita Wardell: Until the Stars Fade

Read "Until the Stars Fade" reviewed by William Grim

Anita Wardell is one of England's best-kept secrets, but with talent like hers she won't be a secret for much longer. Possessing a natural swing and scatting ability like Kitty Margolis but with the sensuality of Julie London, Wardell is the complete jazz singer. Her sidemen are extremely gifted soloists in their own rights, and hearing this album should make North American jazz fans with the wherewithal want to hop the next plane to Ronnie Scott's when Wardell's quartet plays ...

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Geoff Simkins Quartet: Don't Ask

Read "Don't Ask" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Don't Ask is the inaugural album for a new British jazz label, Symbol Records. If the album were to have a subtitle, it might be A Short History of the Bop Alto Saxophone since Charlie Parker. And this is no surprise, since most of the tunes on the program were composed by musicians who were weaned during the Parker era. This is a good album, with an interesting, challenging play list, a challenge the players meet and conquer with relative ...


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