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John Turville: Head First

Read "Head First" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Head First is British pianist John Turville's first album in a quintet format. His previous albums Midas (2010) and Conception (2012), both on the F-IRE label, were trio dates and, on his most recent album Red Skies (Splash Point Digital, 2013), he duetted with vocalist Brigitte Beraha. He has also been a member of the Solstice ...

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Alex Merritt Quartet: Anatta

Read "Anatta" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Everyone, listeners and composers/players bring their life experience to the music at hand. Jazz musicians in particular, especially today when many, if not most, compose as well as perform, pour themselves once into a composition, and then again when performing it. The performer aims to virtually disappear, to separate the distance and space between himself and ...

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Matt Ridley: Mettã

Read "Mettã" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A graduate of London's Trinity College of Music, this is in-demand bassist Matt Ridley's second album as leader. On “Music To Drive Home To" Jason Yarde plays a repeated plangent melody on soprano saxophone followed by John Turville elegantly soloing on piano. As its name implies “Lachrymose" is something of a tear-jerking exercise with Yarde squeezing ...

Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky

Read "Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky" reviewed by Ian Patterson

So much of multi-reedist Tim Garland's recorded output takes nature as its inspiration. The eternal symphony of the sea, the theatre of sky, light and air and the vistas that have accompanied Garland's twenty plus years on the road are ever-present in his works; Songs to the North Sky is no exception. The first of two ...

Take Five With Matt Ridley

Read "Take Five With Matt Ridley" reviewed by Matt Ridley

Meet Matt Ridley:
I graduated from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London in 2005 and have been a full time bassist since then. Music has taken me all around the world and I've been very privileged to perform regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in UK like Jason Yarde, John Turville, and ...

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Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

Read "Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories" reviewed by John Kelman

It's getting to the point where it's almost impossible to pigeonhole an artist into any one category---and that can't be anything but a good thing. Sure, some people like to think of the artists they love as jazz, rock or classical musicians, but the truth is that, more and more, musicians simply want to be thought ...

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Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

Read "Shepherd's Stories" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Maybe it's the unfashionably hot weather that's hit the UK in recent summers, but there's something almost cheery about drummer Asaf Sirkis' Shepherd Stories. Sirkis' church organ/guitar based Inner Noise recordings wove a jazz-gothic tale, while The Monk (SAM Productions, 2008)--with guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos and bassist Yaron Stavi--balanced tantalizingly between pretty melancholy and a slightly dark ...

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Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold

Read "Everything We Hold" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the ...

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Brigitte Beraha And John Turville: Red Skies

Read "Red Skies" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On the sleeve and the CD it's “Brigitte Beraha and John Turville"; on the press release and the electronic data it's “John Turville and Brigitte Beraha." This inconsistent approach to credits has no impact on the quality of the music on Red Skies, of course, but it is perhaps indicative of the ego-free zone inhabited by ...

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Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Read "Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Skelton Skinner Allstars Big Band

Cookin' with the Lid On

Diving Duck Records

2012

Back in the late 1950s, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs (with some help from his friends) put together an ensemble that became known as the Terry Gibbs Dream Band, took up residence in Hollywood and began blowing audiences ...