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Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse

Read "La Saboteuse" reviewed by Chris May

If Miles Davis was alive today and in the studio recording Bitches Brew, the results might, just might, resemble parts of London-based Yazz Ahmed's La Saboteuse. Other approximate reference points are, during the more reflective moments, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume 2 and Davis's In A Silent Way. But ...

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Empirical: Out 'N' In

Read "Out 'N' In" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the great things about tributes is that they allow one to revisit and appreciate the influence of artists that deserve more exposure. This is definitely the case with the British group Empirical's tribute to reed player and composer, Eric Dolphy. Out 'n' In was released in 2009 and is still a text book example ...

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Stuart McCallum: City

Read "Stuart McCallum: City" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Much of what passes for progressive radio programming, whether that be traditional live to air or internet stations, has been pushed into genre ghettos in recent times--where a record can be enormous within a particular scene but invisible to 99.9% of the world at large. Even in Europe, where the genre constrained formats common in the ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Touch and Flee

Read "Touch and Flee" reviewed by Vic Albani

Benedetto dalla “sacra incisione" della Naim britannica (titolare di uno dei grandi saperi della filosofia high-end nel campo dell'alta fedeltà), ecco il nuovo lavoro di Neil Cowley con il suo fedele trio. Vale a dire un altro di quei grandi nomi della musica britannica moderna, in concreto misconosciuto al di fuori dell'isola per eccellenza. Da anni ...

Sons of Kemet: Burn

Read "Sons of Kemet: Burn" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The first thing you notice about Shabaka Hutchings' latest project, Sons of Kemet, is the unexpectedly large feel to the recording's soundscape. Not only does it have the hallmarks of a warmer analogue past but the reverb is at times extraordinary, being akin to hearing the band play in an immense auditorium with twice as many ...

Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold

Read "Everything We Hold" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the ...

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Trichotomy: Fact Finding Mission

Read "Fact Finding Mission" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

So what is a “Fact Finding Mission"? It might be a pretty dull trip to gather data; it may be a euphemism for something a little more sordid. If it's being undertaken by Australian piano trio Trichotomy, then it's a whole heap of musical fun, for this particular Fact Finding Mission is the band's fifth album: ...

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Stuart McCallum: Distilled Live

Read "Distilled Live" reviewed by Chris May

Emerging from the interzone inhabited by post-Pat Metheny guitar jazz, electronica, minimalism and ambient, Manchester guitarist Stuart McCallum's music combines the lush, the layered and the looped with real-time emotional engagement and vigor. Made with a large ensemble including acoustic string and woodwind sections alongside the electronica, Distilled Live sounds rather like an orchestrated version of ...

Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill

Read "Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Neil Cowley Trio

The Face of Mount Molehill

Naim

2012

The danger of composing tunes with catchy hooks and enthusiastic infusions of a string ensemble for a jazz album is that it gets dismissed as gussied up pop music; not jazz, just jazzy. Either unaware or unconcerned with the risk, pianist Neil ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence

Read "Radio Silence" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this British trio's third album--and perhaps its finest hour to date--a heartwarming assault on the customary jazz piano trio format surges onward. Here, pianist Neil Cowley merges rock, pop sentiment and mainstream jazz into a stylistic enterprise, aided by a highly rhythmic undercurrent. Cowley injects a sense of antiquity into the program, via his slightly ...