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ARTICLE: RADIO

Steve Argüelles: Melody in Rhythm - A Musical Portrait

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This week we focus our attention British drummer, composer, arranger, producer, label manager and all around creative soul, Steve Arguelles, an artist that has kept himself busy listening to a wide sources of inspiration for almost four decades. So in these two hours we'll look into the eclectic output, which ranges from folk infused jazz to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Noise New York

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The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billy Jenkins: True Love Collection

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A few facts to dispense with first. True Love Collection now reissued as a download-only release, coincided with this album, originally released in 1998, being voted number 36 in BBC Music Jazz's 50 greatest jazz albums, announced in mid-November 2016 to coincide with the start of the London Jazz Festival. It's also been re- mixed and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the risk of implying that the very selective UK-based Babel Label has gone “mainstream," they have--of late--issued a number of releases that certainly have a broader appeal. A homage to Bill Evans Postcard to Bill Evans (2015) and vocalist Emilia Mårtensson's fine Ana (2014), now share a catalog with cutting edge artists like pianist Alexander ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Liam Noble: A Room Somewhere

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A Room Somewhere is Liam Noble's second solo album: a mix of standards and improvised pieces that showcases this fine pianist's talents to excellent effect.

Occasionally, critics refer to second albums as “difficult." The assumption is that the first album draws inspiration from 20 years of the artist's life, the second draws on one ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Favorite Albums Of 2014

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Christmas Comes But Once A Year, And When It Does It Brings... Lists. Lots of lists. Here's another.

A quick glance at this particular list makes it clear that this has been, for me, a singers' year. Let me make it clear from the off--this isn't my list of the best vocal albums I've ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

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Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort
Malaysia
December 4-7, 2014

It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin, business partner Chin Choo Yeun and their ...

The 606 Jazz Club in London

Read "The 606 Jazz Club in London" reviewed by Rob Adams

Ronnie Scott used to joke that the food his jazz club in Soho, London served was delicious because “fifty thousand flies can't be wrong." Four miles west, at the 606 Club in Chelsea where Steve Rubie oversees a business that's one of the biggest employers of jazz musicians in the UK, with a programme that features ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Partisans: Never the Same Way Twice

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It's been five years since Partisans--the British jazz group (not to be confused with the also-British punk rock band The Partisans) cited as the godfathers of the new wave of British jazz, first emerging in 1997 with the out-of-print self-titled debut on the EFZ label--last released an album, specifically the superlative By Proxy (Babel, 2009), which ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Christine Tobin: A Thousand Kisses Deep

Read "A Thousand Kisses Deep" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A Thousand Kisses Deep brings together Christine Tobin's voice, Leonard Cohen's songs, a bunch of Premier League musicians and superb arrangements. What's not to like? Nothing. There's absolutely nothing not to like.

Tobin is blessed with a distinctive, expressive, voice. She's also an artist who pursues her own vision with an admirable determination--and who ...