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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity

Read "Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity" reviewed by Ian Patterson

If it hadn't been that day, twenty some years ago when the young Trish Clowes first felt the pull of the tenor saxophone, it would surely have been another.

Barely in her teens at the time, Shropshire-born saxophonist and award-winning composer Clowes already played piano, clarinet and sang when she went to see her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

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Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

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Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar
European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: My Iris

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ma: Live

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Ma is part of London's endlessly intriguing Loop Collective, a grouping of younger-generation musicians and bands that includes pianist Ivo Neame, vibes player and drummer Jim Hart, trumpeter Rory Simmons and many others.

Saxophonist Tom Challenger leads Ma: he's joined in the core trio by Matt Calvert on synths and laptop and by Dave ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)

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Jazz musicians love the tribute album, perhaps more than the listeners who receive them. That opportunity to suggest affiliation, tapping into an already established audience can be tempting and a useful much needed marketing tool as industry-wide sales collapse. But really there is no reason why a tribute can't work -do it with love, for the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fini Bearman: Porgy And Bess

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For her second album, singer and songwriter Fini Bearman moves away from the original songs of her debut, Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011). She chooses instead to delve into one of the best-known operas of the twentieth century--George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess. It's a work that has inspired some major jazz performers, including vocal greats ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dylan Howe: Subterranean: New Designs On Bowie's Berlin

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Dylan Howe is one of the UK's most versatile drummers--a long-standing member of The Blockheads, part of Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey's band on the chart-topping Going Back Home (Chess Records, 2014) and (alongside keyboard player Ross Stanley) part of his father, Steve Howe's, guitar trio. He's also responsible, with Will Butterworth, for a critically-acclaimed duo ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gareth Lockrane: Doing That Grooveyard Thing

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Few musicians have developed successful careers in jazz playing just flute. You might think of Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws and Bobbi Humphrey, but only Jeremy Steig, Paul Horn and James Newton spring immediately to mind as artists who have achieved credibility with both fans and critics in their work. We can now add 36 year-old British ...