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Olie Brice Quintet: Day After Day

Read "Day After Day" reviewed by John Eyles

Three years on from the debut album by the Olie Brice Quintet, Immune to Clockwork (Multikulti Project, 2014), comes the follow-up, Day after Day. Despite the unchanged band name, the intervening years have brought changes; not only has the band switched record labels from Multikulti to Babel, tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip has been replaced by George ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Challenger and Kit Downes: Black Shuck

Read "Black Shuck" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The great--and often dark--writer, Neil Gaiman, in his recently published book of short stories titled Trigger Warning tells the tale of the mythical dog-beast--the black shuck--that is to be avoided at night because ..."if you see him--you die.." Well, that's fairly dark and it sets the tone for the third duo outing from Kit Downes and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leverton Fox: Velcro Bird

Read "Velcro Bird" reviewed by John Eyles

Leverton Fox was formed in 2007 when trumpeter/electronicist Alex Bonney, drummer/electronicist Tim Giles and guitarist/electronicist Matt Groom came together. That trio released Country Dances (Gravid Hands, 2009) but by the release of The Human Arm (Not Applicable, 2012) Groom had been replaced by Sam Britton on electronics. The line-up has remained stable ever since, through the ...

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

Read "Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Janisch: The Whirlwind, Paradigm Shift and London's Label of the Moment

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However you look at it Michael Janisch is an extraordinarily driven, highly motivated, success story. Not only has he been the founder, owner and force behind London's wonderful Whirlwind Recordings for the last five years, but he has also just released one of 2015's finest albums in the adventurous 2CD set Paradigm Shift. It's no coincidence ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist And Composer Michael Janisch To Release Solo Double Disc "Paradigm Shift" October 2 (October 16 USA) + Launch Tour + New Website

Bassist And Composer Michael Janisch To Release Solo Double Disc "Paradigm Shift" October 2 (October 16 USA) + Launch Tour + New Website

Some four years in gestation, the ambitious new double-disc project Paradigm Shift from jny: London-based US bassist, composer and producer Michael Janisch sees the Whirlwind Recordings founder enter the spotlight with his multi-level approach to composition and performance. Increasingly growing in stature as a creative artist, with this expansive new album he strengthens his already budding ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land With Nick Roth Quintet at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2015

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T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land with Nick Roth Quintet
Ardhowen Theatre
Enniskillen, N. Ireland
August 1, 2015

It was hard to know what to expect from the combination of the reading of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and the specially commissioned jazz soundscape composed by Nick Roth.

That ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival 2015

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
jny:Belfast, Ireland
March 25-28 , 2015

Brilliant Corners may not be the biggest jazz festival in Northern Ireland--that accolade belongs to the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival--but in just three editions it can already lay claim to being the best.

Eschewing the populist ...

NEWS: EVENT

Brilliant Corners Brings Four Days Of Jazz To Belfast

Brilliant Corners Brings Four Days Of Jazz To Belfast

Hello and welcome to the third edition of Brilliant Corners! You seem to be enjoying our little festival and we’re delighted to be back with another stellar line-up. The four-day event is better than ever, meshing local talent with international contemporaries. We’ve the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Fred Frith, Troyka, Get The Blessing, together with performances from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Olie Brice Quintet: Immune to Clockwork

Read "Immune to Clockwork" reviewed by John Eyles

For some time, bassist Olie Brice has been a highly-regarded member of the London improvising community, so it is a genuine pleasure to welcome Immune to Clockwork, his debut album as a leader. Many ingredients combine to mark out effective band leaders from the less successful ones; on this showing, Brice ticks enough boxes to indicate ...