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Jeremy Lyons: Vestige

Read "Vestige" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for Jeremy Lyons. In March, the Belfast tenor saxophonist's dectet opened the Brilliant Corners 2014 jazz festival with a resounding set before an enthusiastic home audience. Here, stripped back to the more intimate surroundings of a quartet, Lyons' debut as leader brings together seasoned pros from the UK jazz scene on ...

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Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

Read "Aleph Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Ben McDonnell's Aleph Trio takes its name from a story by Jorge Luis Borge involving a poet who “discovers a point in space which contains all other points." Aleph Trio, likewise, explores and exploits all points present within McDonnell's compositions on its self-titled debut EP.

Cyclical thoughts, complex colors, light and airy ...

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Ben McDonnell: Aleph Trio

Read "Aleph Trio" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Featuring the building blocks of free improvisation and an earthy rock music persuasion, London based guitarist Ben McDonnell presents his engaging Aleph Trio, a bold set that's both aesthetically pure and melodically pleasing. Its in-the-moment vibe feels like a live studio recording that highlights the trio's vigor, inventiveness, and cohesiveness.

The set maintains ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Aleph Trio Ep Release Available at BandCamp

Aleph Trio Ep Release Available at BandCamp

Ben Mcdonnell's 'Aleph Trio' release their first CD in April. Composer Ben Mcdonnell formed the Aleph Trio to not only serve as a platform for his own compositions but also to allow for the exploration of a wide range of music that shapes their own individual musical identities. Ben’s own compositions encompass his experiences and reactions to people, places and situations, ...

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Compassionate Dictatorship: Coup d'Etat

Read "Coup d'Etat" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

An eclectic amalgam of improvisation, strong melodic themes and rhythmic twists is perhaps the best way to characterize Coup d'Etat, the debut album by Compassionate Dictatorship.



Comprised of four of London's most prominent jazz musicians--Jez Franks (guitar), Tori Freestone (sax), Jasper Hoiby (bass) and Ben Raynolds (drums)--Compassionate Dictatorship manages to achieve a ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Hybrid Picking For Guitar

Read "Hybrid Picking For Guitar" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Hybrid Picking For Guitar
Gustavo Assis-Brasil
Paperback; 128 pages
ISBN: 0977439801
Self-Published
2006

Hybrid Picking For Guitar is a book and CD set which helps the diligent reader rapidly unlock the potential of this seldom discussed technique.

Boston-based guitarist and educator Gustavo ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Sheets of Sound

Read "Sheets of Sound" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Jack Zucker
Sheets of Sound
Self-Published
ISBN: 0975559303
2004

It is with some trepidation that I open a new guitar instructional book, whilst each promises to 'advance your playing to the next level' or help you 'play like (insert guitar hero's name here)', most tend to deliver a ...

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Dave O'Higgins: Fast Foot Shuffle

Read "Fast Foot Shuffle" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

The idea of an album conceived for a jazz dance group may set alarm bells ringing for many. Whilst Fast Foot Shuffle was written for the talented JazzCotech Dancers, preconceptions and fears that the music may have been compromised in some way are soon waylaid as one listens to O'Higgins' lively collection of reworked standards and ...

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Tom Arthurs: Centripede

Read "Centripede" reviewed by Ben McDonnell

Recently nominated for Best New Act by the BBC Jazz Awards, Centripede is “Fresh and friendly music inspired by world dance musics contemporary and traditional, strategic improvisation and the compositional depth of twentieth century classical music"... at least that's how the band leader, trumpet player and composer Tom Arthurs describes the eclectic blend of styles that ...