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Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers

Read "Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Australian drummer Michael Caratti and Spanish-born New York-based guitarist Álvaro Domene founded the record label Iluso in 2013 to release their quartet recording Gran Masa. The pair found they shared similar interests while in school at Middlesex University in London. And why not put out their own music? That way they could control the content and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Caratti / Rachel Musson / Steve Beresford: Hesitantly Pleasant

Read "Hesitantly Pleasant" reviewed by John Sharpe

After completing his studies at Middlesex University in London, Australian-born drummer Mike Caratti relocated to Perth, but he still makes occasional return visits to the UK. The seven improvised cuts which make up Hesitantly Pleasant were recorded during one such instance in January 2017 and have made it to release in double quick time. Joining Caratti ...

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...

John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain

Read "So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain" reviewed by Vic Albani

John Butcher sta lentamente prendendo il posto di “sua maestà" Evan Parker che potremmo definire quasi uno specialista degli incontri in duo con percussionisti vari.

Scherzi a parte, il sessantatreenne sassofonista di Brighton attivo discograficamente sin dalla fine degli anni Ottanta, torna a far brillare casa Clean Feed da una parte con una ristampa ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Francois Carrier: OUTgoing

Read "OUTgoing" reviewed by Budd Kopman

In the realm of Western music, the role of the performer has been rather circumscribed. In Classical music, the composer is king and the range of “allowed" expression rather limited.

For most of its history, jazz performers relied on tunes as the basis for their improvisations, and thus, the composer (or tunesmith) was still ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Butcher / Ståle Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain

Read "So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain" reviewed by John Sharpe

British saxophonist John Butcher and Norwegian percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg come together in a striking first meeting recorded live at north London's Cafe Oto in August 2015. Butcher brings to bear all the experience one would expect from one of the so-called second generation of English improvisers. Solberg, who co-curates Oslo's Blow Out! Festival each January, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty

Read "Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On 5 July 2016 guitarist, composer, vocalist and philosopher Billy Jenkins hits the Big Six-O. It only seems five minutes ago that Jenkins played at the Purcell Room during 2010's London Jazz Festival, accompanied by the BBC Big Band to a suitably enraptured audience. He's been gigging and recording less in the past five years. His ...

ARTICLE: LONDON CALLING

The People Band: Back and playing again

Read "The People Band: Back and playing again" reviewed by Sammy Stein

46 years after their previous release, the People Band are putting out a new CD. Paul Jolly is producing the project and releasing it through his record label, 33JAZZ records. Jolly is also a member of the band. He says, “The reason for a new album is that our last one, released on the Emanem label, ...

Russell / Beresford / Edwards / Liavik Solberg: Will It Float?

Read "Will It Float?" reviewed by John Eyles

Will It Float? features Norwegian drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg in the company of three of London's most esteemed improvisers, guitarist John Russell, bassist John Edwards and keyboardist Steve Beresford on objects and electronics. The genesis of this album can be traced back to the recording of the excellent No Step (Hispid, 2014) which paired Liavik Solberg ...