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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Cologne: Bastian Stein, Eivind Aarset & Danish Vibes

Read "Live From Cologne: Bastian Stein, Eivind Aarset & Danish Vibes" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Bastian Stein Trio
The Loft
November 5, 2018

The Loft is indeed right at the top of its reasonably tall building, having many stairs to climb, but with jazz salvation found, once this effort is made. Improvisation and moderne composed music are also presented, plus there's a recording studio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A solo album is generally a defining statement of identity, especially for musicians who juggle multiple outlets, but Ivo Neame has such a hard time sitting still that even he must have a hard time pinning down his sound for very long. His piano makes a key voice (pun unintended) in the Escape Hatch quartet and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre

Read "Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trish Clowes
Mermaid Arts Centre
Bray, Ireland
February 9, 2018

Almost five years had passed since saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes' only previous gig in Ireland, at the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2013. Since then, Clowes has released a couple of well-received albums and was selected as a BBC Radio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's an energy and a focus about this, Clowes fourth album for UK indie Basho records, that suggests a creative breakthrough. My Iris has kept that restlessness and love of music irrespective of genre apparent in Clowes earlier work, but feels a better constructed programme where the stylistic shifts are organic developments that blend naturally into ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Firstly, each individual in the Trish Clowes Quartet, Trish Clowes on various saxophones, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond, Chris Montague on guitar and James Maddren on drums, fits their corner perfectly, providing the extra dimension that makes their cohesive playing effortless. There are no shirkers or hang back components in this line up. My Iris ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hannes Riepler: Wild Life

Read "Wild Life" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Austrian-born guitarist and composer Hannes Riepler moved to the UK a decade ago, releasing debut album The Brave (Jellymould Jazz) in 2012. Wild Life is his second album: with a new and slightly stripped-down line-up (no keyboards this time around) it's an equally impressive outing.

Most of the tunes are Riepler's originals--there's also experienced saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trish Clowes: Pocket Compass

Read "Pocket Compass" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On her debut album, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), saxophonist Trish Clowes gathered together a large group of musicians and included a full orchestra on two tracks. For her impressive second album, And In The Night-time She Is There (Basho Records, 2012), she streamlined the line-up, adding just half a dozen guests to the core quintet but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael J McEvoy: The Long Way Home

Read "The Long Way Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Michael J McEvoy is something of a musical chameleon--a composer, instrumentalist and producer who's played a crucial role in many musical projects without grabbing the limelight. He's composed film soundtracks (including 2008's Me And Orson Welles), and worked as musician or producer with an extensive array of artists including Ian Dury, Sting, Scritti Politti, the Bee ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Michael J Mc Evoy's "The Long Way Home" Available March 10th

Michael J Mc Evoy's "The Long Way Home" Available March 10th

This has got instant appeal. And it’s over far too soon. With a melodic 1970s vibe to start with on the title track opener and Gerard Presencer’s bluesy horn commentary over a strong rhythm section of pianist McEvoy joined by Empirical bassist Tom Farmer and the Golden trio’s James Maddren this is the former musical director ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars

Read "Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Arch collaborator Kit Downes has been near ubiquitous in UK jazz terms over the last few years. His trio collection Golden was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize (the nearest thing to a UK Grammys) in 2010 and considerably raised his public profile. Yet in interview Downes has commented upon the double edged sword that this ...