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Brass Mask: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

London's LOOP Collective has many talented members, including saxophonist and composer Tom Challenger and his band, Brass Mask. The nine-piece band--the octet which appeared on debut album Spy Boy (Babel Label, 2013) plus percussionist Jon Scott--mixes New Orleans, country blues, brass bands and contemporary jazz (including the influence of Henry Threadgill) and electronica. Many of these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

Read "Alexander Hawkins Ensemble al Teatro Manzoni di Milano" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Aperitivo in Concerto
Teatro Manzoni
Milano
27.11.2016

Della generazione under quaranta britannica il trentacinquenne Alexander Hawkins è probabilmente la punta di diamante. Pianista, organista, bandleader e compositore eccellente, nutre grande rispetto per la tradizione ma il suo pensiero è perennemente rivolto al futuro, ha una scrittura rigorosa ...

Emily Saunders: Outsiders Insiders

Read "Emily Saunders: Outsiders Insiders" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Four years on from her debut Cotton Skies London's Emily Saunders has taken near complete control on this wonderful follow up and artistic leap forward. While she also produced her debut, this time Saunders wrote and arranged all nine tracks, not needing to augment them with covers from the likes of Airto Moreira as she did ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paragon: Cerca

Read "Cerca" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The art of conversation is surely dying. Too many people prepared to shout out the first thought that comes into their empty head, or repeat some banal corporate half-truth intended to drown out dissenting views. Self-importance, simple bad manners and selfishness rule the world with little space to reflect on or listen to what others have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paragon: Cerca

Read "Cerca" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's been a decade since Anglo-German quartet Paragon formed. Cerca, recorded on an unspecified two days in Cologne, is the band's third release. The sax and Rhodes frontline, backed up by Matthias Nowak's bass and Jon Scott's drums, creates an elegant repertoire of tunes that draws on influences as diverse as '60s spiritual jazz and hip-hop ...

Kristian Borring: Urban Novel

Read "Urban Novel" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Danish guitarist Kristian Borring has been based in London since 2006, establishing himself as a leader and sideman on the UK scene. Urban Novel is his second album, his first for the small indie label Jellymould Jazz. Recorded in London in December 2012, Urban Novel is filled with Borring's original compositions and performed by the guitarist ...

Alice Zawadzki: China Lane

Read "China Lane" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki spent five years creating her first album, China Lane. A group of the UK's most respected young musicians joins her to bring her compositions to life--the result is a strong debut, the arrival of a musician with a distinctive voice and songwriting style.

As a writer, Zawadzki doesn't ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whirlwind Recordings Announces Upcoming Releases

Whirlwind Recordings Announces Upcoming Releases

Whirlwind Recordings announces its bumper-crop of upcoming releases for 2014, featuring an eclectic mix of standout albums from known and up-and-coming artists based in NYC, London and beyond. Here's a snapshot: March 11, 2104: Leave the Door Open by Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar. A brand new collaboration featuring cutting edge western improvisation, roots music and Indian ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruno Heinen Sextet: Tierkreis

Read "Tierkreis" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

British pianist Bruno Heinen studied classical music at the Royal College of Music, and jazz with fellow countryman and renowned jazz pianist John Taylor. He comes from both sides of the fence so to speak, which is an aspect that translates rather well on these pieces composed by pioneering and influential classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Heinen's ...

Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold

Read "Everything We Hold" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the ...