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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

Read "Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Welsh pianist and composer, Huw Warren, has been an important voice on the British jazz scene for many years. With a seemingly endless appetite for music, Warren has both been delving into Brazilian music with singer Maria Pia de Vito and played ethereal folk-inspired jazz music with another singer, June Tabor, in the trio Quercus. He ...

Django Bates / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Saluting Sgt. Pepper

Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Django Bates stellar career has been far less celebrated than it deserves to be, at least on this, somewhat myopic, side of the Atlantic. Born in Kent, on the outskirts of London, he has achieved prominence as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader and composer. In the early part of his career he created Human Chain and the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Geoffrey Eales: Transcience

Read "Transcience" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Transience is Welsh pianist/composer Geoffrey Eales' thirteenth release dating back to 1999. All of the words and music are by Eales, and he has taken this opportunity to express in music his feelings about how ephemeral human existence is in general, but also specifically of the passing within the past year of his mother, as well ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz

Read "Yelena Eckemoff: Growing Into Jazz" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff goes her own way. Since the 2010 release of Cold Sun on her own L&H Production label, she has produced a series of jazz recordings, all presenting original music, with an impressive array of renowned contemporary musicians. Our conversation mainly dealt with her recording career: making connections with other musicians, composing, and working ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Spin Marvel: Infolding

Read "Infolding" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

As a Professor of Jazz (Drums/Percussion) at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and as contributor to recordings and performances by Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Bruford's Earthworks and other progressive jazz thinkers, drummer, composer and bandleader Martin France is accustomed to deep and heady jazz waters. In Spin Marvel, France teams up with two ...

Music’s Where You Find It

Read "Music’s Where You Find It" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


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Ajoyo
Ropeadope
2014

Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School ...

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the risk of implying that the very selective UK-based Babel Label has gone “mainstream," they have--of late--issued a number of releases that certainly have a broader appeal. A homage to Bill Evans Postcard to Bill Evans (2015) and vocalist Emilia Mårtensson's fine Ana (2014), now share a catalog with cutting edge artists like pianist Alexander ...

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The self-titled debut album of guitarist Dan Messore's UK-based quartet was credited to Indigo Kid. Album number two, Fist Full Of Notes, is credited to Indigo Kid II--a nod, presumably, to the personnel changes that have occurred between releases.

For this second album, Messore is joined once again by bassist Tim Harries. The experienced Iain ...

Spin Marvel: Infolding

Read "Infolding" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Nuove eruzioni dal vulcanico batterista britannico Martin France, alla guida degli Spin Marvel. Il musicista già ascoltato al fianco di Django Bates, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Arild Andersen, e Ralph Towner firma quest'anno un nuovo capitolo della sua storia musicale lanciando per RareNoiseRecords Infolding, affascinante e acido sbocco musicale che al jazz ...

Spin Marvel: Infolding

Read "Infolding" reviewed by John Ephland

A cross somewhere between Jon Hassell and Brian Eno, there's a funky brilliance here that keeps me coming back for more. There are jams packed into all six pieces, a bunch of running around in and outside of meters, serious soloing without being serious (or at least, showing off). The Hassell and Eno references, of course, ...