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Brilliant Corners 2018

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Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's an energy and a focus about this, Clowes fourth album for UK indie Basho records, that suggests a creative breakthrough. My Iris has kept that restlessness and love of music irrespective of genre apparent in Clowes earlier work, but feels a better constructed programme where the stylistic shifts are organic developments that blend naturally into ...

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Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Firstly, each individual in the Trish Clowes Quartet, Trish Clowes on various saxophones, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond, Chris Montague on guitar and James Maddren on drums, fits their corner perfectly, providing the extra dimension that makes their cohesive playing effortless. There are no shirkers or hang back components in this line up. My Iris ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Tom Harrison

Read "Take Five with Tom Harrison" reviewed by Tom Harrison

Meet Tom Harrison:
For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. Born ...

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Flying Machines: Flying Machines

Read "Flying Machines" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Flying Machines is the eponymous debut album by a group led by British guitarist Alex Munk whose late father Roger Munk was the inspiration for the project. Munk Senior was a leading figure in the design and construction of modern airships, otherwise known as Hybrid Air Vehicles. Munk Junior graduated in 2009 from Leeds College of ...

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The self-titled debut album of guitarist Dan Messore's UK-based quartet was credited to Indigo Kid. Album number two, Fist Full Of Notes, is credited to Indigo Kid II--a nod, presumably, to the personnel changes that have occurred between releases.

For this second album, Messore is joined once again by bassist Tim Harries. The experienced Iain ...

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Trish Clowes: Pocket Compass

Read "Pocket Compass" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On her debut album, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), saxophonist Trish Clowes gathered together a large group of musicians and included a full orchestra on two tracks. For her impressive second album, And In The Night-time She Is There (Basho Records, 2012), she streamlined the line-up, adding just half a dozen guests to the core quintet but ...

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

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Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
Ronnie Scott's
EFG London Jazz festival
November 20, 2014

One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

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Take Five Europe: January 28-February 2, 2013

Read "Take Five Europe: January 28-February 2, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Take Five Europe
Bore Place
Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, UK
January 28-February 3, 2013

While solid jazz education for aspiring musicians is increasingly accessible, few programs tackle the harsh realities facing the emerging musician of the 21st century. With the dissolution of major labels, and a shift in revenue that often makes having a publicist and/or ...

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Konrad Wiszniewski / Euan Stevenson: New Focus

Read "New Focus" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson are at the forefront of an exciting new generation of musicians based in Scotland. Wiszniewski is probably best known for his work in Brass Jaw--a full-on quartet featuring three saxophones and a trumpet--and Stevenson for his classical playing, as well as his arrangements for ensembles such as the BBC ...