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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-4

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 24-29, 2018

July 26, 2018When the wind died down the day turned humid and heavy. Clouds hung low in the sky, grey and oppressive. And as Sligo's people sipped their coffees and settled down at their ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Shout: In With a Shout

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While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley To Release "What Doesn't Kill You" September 9 Featuring Paul Booth, Steve Hamilton, Michael Janisch, Clarence Penn

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley To Release "What Doesn't Kill You" September 9 Featuring Paul Booth, Steve Hamilton, Michael Janisch, Clarence Penn

Enjoying a career which includes key roles with prominent UK symphony orchestras and big bands, plus recording/touring projects with Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Tom Jones and Randy Brecker (to name but a few), trumpeter and composer/arranger Ryan Quigley now unveils his ten-track album What Doesn’t Kill You—a quintet release with Paul Booth (tenor sax, flutes), Steve ...

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 ...

Phil Robson: Jazz For Babies - The Guitar Album

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Just what is the target demographic for a typical jazz album? Twenty to thirty year-olds? Forty to sixty year-olds? Anyone with enough spare cash to buy a copy? This series of recordings from bassist Michael Janisch makes its target audience perfectly clear both in the title--Jazz For Babies--and in the bottom left of the rather snazzy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Davide Mantovani: Choices

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Strip out every other musician from the tunes on Choices and Davide Mantovani's bass lines are impressively attention-grabbing on their own. Put the other musicians back in and Choices becomes a richly-hued collection that takes inspiration from almost every corner of the globe.

Mantovani moved to London from his native Italy in 1991 and has ...

Paul Booth: Trilateral

Read "Trilateral" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

For some people the Big 4-0 is the key, for others it's the Big 5-0 or 6-0 or 7-0. For saxophonist Paul Booth it was his forthcoming 33rd birthday that proved to be a cause for reflection. As the day loomed in 2010, Booth was already thinking about a trio record with bass and drums. The ...

Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

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A relative newcomer on the international jazz scene, Michael Janisch is an American bassist currently living in London and making his debut recording with the very impressive Purpose Built, a potent selection of eight original composition and four familiar jazz standards. Janisch offers a diverse repertoire of melody-rich, sophisticated charts in a musical palette of essentially ...

Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

Read "Purpose Built" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The first notes of Purpose Built's opening track draw attention, setting up a pleasurable jaunt into the world of Michael Janisch on this 30 year-old bassist's debut as a bandleader.

Born in the United States and now residing in London, England, Janisch is skilled at both the acoustic and the electric bass. He has ...