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Nat Birchall: Cosmic Language

Read "Cosmic Language" reviewed by Chris May

Spiritual jazz resonates most deeply during times of social stress and turmoil. It was, after all, created by African American musicians who were engaged with the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Later given the alternative description Afrofuturist jazz, the music had one foot planted in science fiction-inspired magical realism and the other in black consciousness-inspired ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Lineup Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival’s 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The 2018 Festival is presented in three series — ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

Read "Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Bruselas Flamenco Festival
Bozar
Brussels, Belgium
February 28-March 3, 2018

In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not ...

Nils Frahm: All Melody

Read "All Melody" reviewed by Phil Barnes

As we try and make sense of our world there is always a temptation to simplify the complex, to set parameters or limiting factors on a choice or decision to make it manageable. For many this translates into only feeling successful if particular pre-conditions are met--say if a particular person or clique acknowledges our worth, maybe ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet

Read "GoGo Penguin: Just Another Band From The Small Blue Planet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star in a lost galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

This somewhat gloomy prognosis might sound like a line straight from Douglas Adam's surrealistic comic novel ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In GoGo Penguin's universe distance is a particularly relative concept. From the beginning of its voyage the trio has orbited musical worlds seemingly light-years apart; jazz, classical, dance, electronica, game soundtracks and minimalism -all fall into GoGo Penguin's gravitational pull to create a singular sonic constellation. With A Humdrum Star (Blue Note Records, 2018), Chris Illingworth, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Geno Thackara

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."
-Carl Sagan

GoGo Penguin's snappy-yet-offbeat name is a pretty good indicator of their personality--partly inspired ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Phil Barnes

If 2016's Man Made Object, their first for Blue Note, was an exercise in consolidating past triumphs while signposting potential ways forward, then there can be no doubt that with A Humdrum Star GoGo Penguin have stepped into a version of that future. Ostensibly the title is a self-effacing reference to a Carl Sagan TV series ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

GoGo Penguin at Out To Lunch

Read "GoGo Penguin at Out To Lunch" reviewed by Ian Patterson

GoGo Penguin
Black Box / Out To Lunch Arts Festival
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
January 19, 2018

GoGo Penguin's first gig of 2018 saw the Manchester trio return to Belfast's Black Box for the Out To Lunch festival --a month-long celebration of comedy, documentaries and the broadest spectrum of music imaginable--from opera, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mammal Hands: Shadow Work

Read "Shadow Work" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Our best musicians can soak up influences from many diverse sources, assimilate them into their own style, and allow them to emerge during improvisation. This is why, as readers of this site will surely be aware, a piece can sound different in the hands of two skilled jazz musicians even when the raw material of the ...