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Scott Flanigan: Point of Departure

Read "Point of Departure" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In an era where it's relatively easy to self-produce an album, Northern Irish pianist Scott Flanigan has taken his time with his debut effort. Now in his early thirties, Flanigan has been a mainstay of the small but flourishing jazz scene in Belfast and beyond for over a decade, collaborating with Linley Hamilton, David Lyttle and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Lyttle: Facing All The Music

Read "David Lyttle: Facing All The Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout--Lyttle has built a solid reputation in multiple fields in a relatively short span ...

Euan Burton: Occurrences

Read "Occurrences" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Bassist/composer Euan Burton takes a prosaic approach to naming the tunes on Occurrences, but that's where such matter-of-factness ends. Burton's music--characterized by a calm, meditative, atmosphere for the most part--is melodically strong and engaging as it moves through this suite of seven tunes.

Burton, from East Kilbride in Scotland, is equally at home on bass ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Leighton: Dramatic Life

Read "Dramatic Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

John Leighton's debut is a collection of poetic, pop-laced jazz that often downplays the pianist's own performance skills in favor of Anna Stott's easy-on-the-ears vocals and saxophonist Michael Buckley's engaging saxophone work. While Leighton's name rests high atop the cover of the album, he chooses to use his piano to serve the songs instead of himself, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kristian Borring: Nausicaa

Read "Nausicaa" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Nausicaa is the debut album from London-based Danish guitarist Kristian Borring. It's an assured and confident debut, demonstrating Borring's talents as a composer and player. There are some complex time signatures on display, but they're never overdone and the music remains accessible from the get-go.

Borring studied guitar in Holland and in London, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio's "The 11th Gate" Digitally Released in the US on 11.11.11

11.11.11. the date that is attributed by many to have metaphysical and mystical implications, will certainly prove to be an auspicious date for UK-based trombonist Dennis Rollins, whose CD with his Velocity Trio, The 11th Gate, will be released digitally in the US to coincide with its release in the UK and Europe. For 25 years British ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark McKnight: Do or Die

Read "Do or Die" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The artwork of Mark McKnight's Do Or Die depicts scenes from a chase--an escapee fleeing his assailants to the top of building, before making the decision to jump or not. But this action adventure implication is only one aspect to the guitarist's impressive sophomore release which encompasses progressive music in the vein of fret-board wizards Kurt ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark McKnight: Do Or Die

Read "Do Or Die" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Do Or Die, Irish guitarist Mark McKnight's second album, features an organ quartet rather than the more usual organ trio. The added musical depth comes courtesy of saxophonist Seamus Blake, who joins McKnight's trio on a set of tunes with a laid back, almost hypnotic, feel.

McKnight emphasizes melody and mood above speed ...