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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

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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 ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Simon Purcell: Red Circle

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The title of this debut CD by UK Pianist Simon Purcell, Red Circle, is rich in metaphor and layered meanings. Does it for example refer to the belief amongst practitioners of ritual magic that a marked out circle can contain energy in a sacred space or sometimes offer a form of magical protection--surely a metaphor for ...

Take Five With Matt Ridley

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Meet Matt Ridley:
I graduated from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London in 2005 and have been a full time bassist since then. Music has taken me all around the world and I've been very privileged to perform regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in UK like Jason Yarde, John Turville, and ...

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: INTERVIEWS

Kenny Wheeler: The Making of "Mirrors"

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It often comes as a surprise to people when they discover that trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Kenny Wheeler is not British. Well, not British born, for although born in Toronto, Canada, in 1930, Wheeler has spent the last 60 years living in England, which surely makes him as English as Ploughman's Lunch or a pint of bitter. The recording ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Wheeler / Norma Winstone / London Vocal Project: Mirrors

Read "Mirrors" reviewed by Ian Patterson

That trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Kenny Wheeler is challenging himself at 80 is surely inspirational. Mirrors represents his first recording where poems provide the music's source, though he composed the music over 20 years ago. The project was then commissioned for five solo voices in 1998, but the combination of Wheeler, singer Norma Winstone and the London Vocal Project, ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

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During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...

Loose Tubes: Sad Afrika

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Loose Tubes

Säd Afrika

Lost Marble

2012

With virtually none of its discography available on CD--and the only one, Open Letter (EG, 1988), shamefully out-of-print--it's no mean accomplishment that Britain's Loose Tubes has remained, if not exactly legendary, then at least firmly etched into the minds of those aware of them. Of ...