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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Evans / Barry Guy: Syllogistic Moments

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From the first few seconds of the opening “Red Green" onwards, this live recording from trumpeter Peter Evans and bassist Barry Guy is a feat of death defying bravura. The two are among the most utterly distinctive practitioners on their instruments and they create a fast evolving kaleidoscope of preposterous sounds. Evans named his record label ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton: Deep Memory

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Bassist Barry Guy took a key role in pianist Howard Riley's groundbreaking trio in the late 60s, early 70s. And while that early experience has in no way defined him, it means it perhaps comes as less of a surprise that he has increasingly turned to the format in the latter part of his career. One ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud

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In some ways, The Blue Shroud might be Barry Guy's signature work. It's the first to unite his varied interests in Baroque music, composition, jazz and improv at an orchestral scale. To do so Guy assembles a 14-strong crack unit capable of interpreting each aspect to the highest level, including several early music specialists who are ...

Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi - Radio Rondo

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One of the most noteworthy releases of 2013 was the Barry Guy New Orchestra's Mad Dogs (Not Two), a five disc compendium which collected largely freeform meetings between various subsets of the 11-piece company during their 2010 residency in Krakow. However even that copious set offered only a partial view of the Orchestra's range, a deficiency ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Howard Riley: Live with Repertoire

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Pianist Howard Riley turned 70 in February and belatedly celebrates the event with the release of a new CD, Live with Repertoire (NoBusiness Records). It's a really strong live, solo set of standards and a few original tunes recorded last year in Leicester and one that emphasises one particular aspect of his playing. Riley remains one ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie Prevost: London, UK, November 7, 2012

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Marilyn Crispell / Harrison Smith / Eddie Prévost
Café Oto
London, UK
November 7, 2012

It was almost as if no-one wanted to break the perfection of the anticipatory hush at north London's Café Oto. Eventually, Harrison Smith ventured a quizzical phrase on tenor saxophone, which inaugurated an unostentatious exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Pianist ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Barry Guy / London Jazz Composers Orchestra: Harmos Live At Schaffhausen

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Barry Guy / London Jazz Composers Orchestra

Harmos Live At Schaffhausen

Intakt

2012

For those who thought they had missed their chance to see one of the most impressive agglomerations of talent in European improvisation, the 2008 appearance of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra in Switzerland was manna from heaven. Having last ...

The Thing with Barry Guy: Metal!

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The Thing with Barry Guy

Metal!

No Business Records

2012

In science, a substance which causes an increase in the rate of a chemical reaction is called a catalyst. In musical combinations, the inclusion (or sometimes even subtraction) of one player can have a similar result, often completely altering the regular dynamic. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Howard Riley: The Complete Short Stories 1998-2010

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Howard Riley

The Complete Short Stories 1998-2010

No Business Records

2011

Veteran British pianist Howard Riley has found a champion from an unexpected source in the adventurous Lithuanian label, No Business. After issuing a double CD of the pianist's one man concert in the capital, Live In Vilnius (2010), it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Louis Moholo-Moholo Quintet: London, UK, March 17, 2011

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Louis Moholo-Moholo Quintet
The Vortex
London, UK
March 17, 2011

As George the besuited MC said in his introduction, when you saw the lineup you knew this was not one to miss. And the packed audience at north London's Vortex was testament to the fact that his view was widely shared. Even though ...