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Nightports w/Matthew Bourne: Nightports

Read "Nightports" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The night he was named Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2001, pianist Matthew Bourne gave a performance that rather set out his stall. Using stillness and eruptions in the mode of Ran Blake, with soundtrack samples from Willy Wonka, Bourne played like a man possessed. Since then he's left few tones unturned in the search for new ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Nick Davies Best Releases of 2016

Read "Nick Davies Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Nick Davies

In terms of jazz 2016 has been a strong year with a number of solid releases and this has made the task of choosing twelve releases all that more difficult. The selections I have made take the listening on a journey from Matthew Bourne and his experimental sounds of the Moog to Nat Birchall more traditional ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bolzano e provincia
26.06-05.07.2015

Oltre ottanta concerti si sono svolti in cinquantasette diversi spazi distribuiti in ventidue comuni della provincia di Bolzano e non solo, ospitando quasi duecento musicisti. Queste cifre sintetizzano l'ottica di una programmazione che ha ribadito la sua vocazione ad un'ampia diffusione territoriale, facendo circuitare molti dei gruppi invitati, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Strasbourg 2014

Read "Jazzdor Strasbourg 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor
Strasbourg
November 11-12, 2014

Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. One is held in Strasbourg (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a lot of bilateral or multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy. Strasbourg is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2014

Read "Brilliant Corners 2014" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners
Various Venues
Belfast
N. Ireland
March 26-29, 2014

It's taken a while, but Belfast has finally joined the ranks of cities that play host to an international jazz festival. The first edition of Brilliant Corners was staged in the rejuvenated Cathedral Quarter of the city in 2013 ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Brilliant Corners Lights Up Belfast Jazz Panorama

Brilliant Corners Lights Up Belfast Jazz Panorama

Brilliant news for jny: Belfast jazz lovers! Brilliant Corners, the city’s jazz festival is back for its eagerly anticipated second edition from March 26th to 29th and it promises to be an absolute cracker. Local musicians of the highest caliber will highlight the strength of the Irish jazz scene while international acts attest to the pulling power ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Outside Line: Introducing Outside Line

Read "Introducing Outside Line" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The glory days of Leeds United may be long gone, but while its football team has seen better times, the Yorkshire city's music scene has gone from strength to strength. The individualist stance taken by musicians such as Matthew Bourne hasn't always pleased the jazz police, but it's given Leeds a reputation as a vibrant and ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Brits: Just Not Cricket!

Read "Various Brits: Just Not Cricket!" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1972 Monty Python Flying Circus skit “Are You Embarrassed," the announcer reads the lines, “Are you embarrassed easily? I am. But it's nothing to worry about; it's all part of growing up and being British." The announcer goes on to describe embarrassing words like “Shoe" ..... “Megaphone" ..... “Grunties," to test the listener's discomfort ...

Phil Meadows Group: Engines Of Creation

Read "Engines Of Creation" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Good things happen on Engines Of Creation: things like imagination, inventive writing, great playing, a sense of humor, an awareness of economy. It's a heartening combination, especially as it arises from a group of young players who have only recently emerged onto the professional jazz scene.

Saxophonist Phil Meadows leads the ensemble and writes the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bourne / Kane / Davis: Manchester, UK, April 12, 2013

Read "Bourne / Kane / Davis: Manchester, UK, April 12, 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Matthew Bourne, Dave Kane and Steve Davis
Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference
Media City UK
Salford Quays, Manchester, England

April 12, 2013

Watching three improvising musicians perform in front of a hundred or so jazz academics felt a little akin to watching a gallery of chief surgeons observing an unusual operation, although the ...