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Alex Goodman: Second Act

Read "Second Act" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Canadian guitarist/composer Alex Goodman has been living in New York City for five years. Second Act is his fifth album, but the first to employ a New York City based band, and all the music was composed there as well. After a solo bass introduction from Rick Rosato “Questions" opens the set with fast swing, the ...

Meilana Gillard: Dream Within A Dream

Read "Dream Within A Dream" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There are eight years between Ohio-born, Belfast-based tenor saxophonist Meilana Gillard's impressive debut, Day One (Inner circle Music, 2009), and her follow-up, Dream Within A Dream (Lyte Records, 2017) -simply way too long a gap for a musician and composer of her talents. Her debut, backed by Nir Felder, Tyshawn Sorey, Marcos Varela and Sam Barsh, ...

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Tom Harrison: Unfolding In Tempo

Read "Unfolding In Tempo" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

London-based alto saxophonist Tom Harrison leads a tight and imaginative band on Unfolding In Tempo, a live album of “reflections on the Ellington/Strayhorn Canon." After three years intense study of Ellington and Strayhorn, Harrison has selected a mix of tunes that display the breadth of that canon, from the famous to the lesser-known, recorded at the ...

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Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveils his hotly anticipated second release Unfolding in Tempo on October 14th 2016. The long-awaited live album will be released on Lyte Records in October 2016 in the esteemed company of releases by jazz stars Ari Hoenig, Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello and David Lyttle. The album documents two nights of Harrison’s ...

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David Lyttle: Faces

Read "Faces" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The thirty-second cello sortie that kicks off Faces is an arresting opening statement that dashes any preconceptions about what to expect from David Lyttle's third outing as leader. While the acoustic True Story (Lyte Records, 2007) and Questions (Lyte Records, 2010)--the latter a swinging collaboration with guitar wunderkind Andreas Varady--helped establish Lyttle's credentials as a first-rate ...

Jean Toussaint: Tate Song

Read "Tate Song" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ten albums in twenty five years isn't prolific but in a world awash with inferior music saxophonist Jean Toussaint's unhurried approach has consistently produced high-quality recordings that stand the test of time. What's more, the lapses between releases make each production a bona fide event. Certainly, the four years since his live album and the nine ...

Linley Hamilton: In Transition

Read "In Transition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The title of trumpeter Linley Hamilton's second release for Northern Irish label Lyte Records tells a tale; in the three years since Taylor Made (Lyte Records, 2011) Hamilton has dug deep into the essence of his playing, refining his compositional approach and instilling a greater economy of notes in his playing. His is a discipline that ...

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Jason Rebello: Anything But Look

Read "Anything But Look" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though you'd hardly describe six years touring and recording with singer/bassist Sting and six more with guitarist Jeff Beck as languishing in the wilderness, Anything But Look does represent pianist Jason Rebello's first recording of original material since Next Time Around, (Onion, 1999) and his first as leader since Jazz Rainbow (Jumby Records, 2007)--his wonderful reworking ...

John Moriarty: Echoes

Read "Echoes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Adopting a traditional, straight-ahead approach to the quartet, Irish guitarist John Moriarty gathered three established New York-based musicians for one day in the Bunker Studios, Brooklyn. The title suggests homage, and there is a hint of classic Blue Note in the leader's clean lines--evocative of guitarist Jim Hall--and in half of the songs that delve into ...

Nigel Mooney: The Bohemian Mooney

Read "The Bohemian Mooney" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The island of Ireland has a long and impressive history of great blues singers--Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Phil Lynott all brought a raw, bluesy, intensity to their performances. Singer and guitarist Nigel Mooney has been on the Irish blues scene since the '80s and his jazz-inflected take on the genre is shown to enjoyable effect on ...