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Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder

Read "The Organ Grinder" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Search as far and wide as you like but you won't find any one band that sounds like Edinburgh, Scotland's Free Nelson Mandoomjazz. You CAN find about eight, though: Their sprawling, monstrous “doomjazz" combines harmonic and rhythmic streams from various free jazz and heavy metal schools, including and especially Black Sabbath, Albert Ayler, Electric Wizard, Sonny ...

New Focus: New Focus On Song

Read "New Focus On Song" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson's 2012 eponymous debut album is an idiosyncratic amalgam of folk, jazz and classical music. The opening number “Air In D Minor," which subtly fades in at the start and fades out at the close, sounds like nothing so much as a cinematic theme tune, crucially embellished by the ...


King Crimson at Usher Hall

Read "King Crimson at Usher Hall" reviewed by Ian Patterson

King Crimson
Usher Hall
Edinburgh, Scotland
September 18, 2015

It's been thirty-three years since King Crimson last toured the UK and you have to go back to 1973 to find the last occasion Robert Fripp's storied band played Scotland. That's a long gap, whatever way you look at it; malt whiskies ...


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271

Read "Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It's Mozart, so you expect genius to jump out of the speakers, and it does, on Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271. And it's not just the genius of the composer, it's also a brilliant showcase for pianist Matsuko Ozone's arranging and conducting skills, and for the hearty magnificence of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. ...


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Makoto Ozone Vividly Re-imagine Mozart’s "Jeunehomme"

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Makoto Ozone Vividly Re-imagine Mozart’s "Jeunehomme"

An air of great anticipation surrounded the premiere in Edinburgh of Makoto Ozone’s very special arrangement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 9th Piano Concerto K.271 for The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith. This universally popular work, known familiarly as Jeunehomme is here re-imagined by a daring soloist in Makoto Ozone, an exceptional big band in ...

Mary May: This Is What You Are

Read "This Is What You Are" reviewed by Chris Mosey

When Mary May heard Sarah Vaughan sing “If I Loved You" it blew her away. “She sang in a way I had never heard anyone sing before." Then came Anita O'Day, Nancy Wilson and Marion Montgomery. They all made May yearn to follow in their footsteps.

But Scots being--famously--careful people, it took a ...

Alan Benzie Trio: Traveller's Tales

Read "Traveller's Tales" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As the title of his debut album suggests, pianist Alan Benzie has travelled. Traveller's Tales is a collection of original tunes inspired by these travels, whether the journeys took place on planet Earth or, as Benzie puts it, “in my head." Real or imagined, these traveller's tales are definitely worth hearing.

The pianist was the ...


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Directed By Tommy Smith Submits "American Adventure" CD To The 57th Grammys

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Directed By Tommy Smith Submits "American Adventure" CD To The 57th Grammys

In the summer of 2013, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra were joined at Avatar Studios in New York City by Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bill Evans, Joe Locke, Donny McCaslin, Clarence Penn, Michael Dease and Joel Frahm to capture some great performances on American Adventure. Following universal praise, the CD has now been ...


JazzMain Creates A Sound For Sore Ears

JazzMain Creates A Sound For Sore Ears

Scottish-based quartet JazzMain, has released its long awaited debut CD having waited almost 18 months since they first entered the studio, such was the band's intense attention to detail in selecting the most appropriate tunes from their vast repertoire of standards and compositions. The CD from the Edinburgh-based band, takes its title from the Jimmy Heath-penned tune “A Sound for Sore Ears". ...

Todd Gordon: love dot com

Read "love dot com" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

love dot com is an album of standards and contemporary jazz/pop songs from Scottish vocalist Todd Gordon. It follows his 2012 release with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, Helping the Heroes (Specific Jazz) but while that album featured a big band and a series of top-flight guest singers, love dot com is a much gentler affair. ...