Content by tag "Nucleus"

The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever!

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In a time when album sales are a challenge being mitigated, at least to some extent, by the release of deluxe editions and box sets, it's still more necessary than ever to grab potential listeners with imagery and words; the title of a box set can have, especially for those less than intimately familiar with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Snaggle: The Long Slog

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In the art world, labeling oneself as “the next (fill in the blank)" or “(name of country)'s answer to (fill in the blank)" is a risky ploy that may reap short-term benefits in terms of quickly generating a fan base, but may actually be detrimental in terms of creative sustainability. The jny:: Toronto-based jazz-funk- rock sextet ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

U.K.: Ultimate Collectors' Edition

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Well, there's certainly been a wait for this one, but for fans of what may be the last high profile progressive rock group to emerge in the 1970s, U.K.'s Ultimate Collectors' Edition proves well worth it. What began as an already sizeable 16-disc box for a group that, during its relatively brief tenure, released just two ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

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Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol ...

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Allison Au Quartet: Forest Grove

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The sheer number of great young jazz musicians coming out of every corner of the world is simply staggering. Allison Au is an alto saxophonist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada whose debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey (Self-Produced, 2014) was nominated for a Juno Award: Canada's equivalent of a Grammy nomination. Her new album, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words

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Recorded for Harvest in 1970, Songs Without Words was only originally released in Japan. At the time, Chris Spedding was a much sought after guitarist in jazz and rock with one of the most impressive of CVs--Mike Westbrook, Michael Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Pete Brown and Frank Ricotti amongst others. The reason for its ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Switzerland 1974

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Thank goodness for Cuneiform Records. Beyond releasing cutting edge new music from now-longstanding groups like The Claudia Quintet and relative newcomers like Norway's Pixel, the intrepid American label continues to unearth, restore and release wonderful archival finds like S.O.S.' Looking for the Next One (2013), and the equally impressive Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop-April '69 (2011), from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combine a British jazz-rock outfit with an American vocalist. Put them on stage at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival. Record the gig, pop the tapes in a safe place for over 40 years, then give them to the talented team at Gearbox Records. The result is Live 1970, by Nucleus With Leon Thomas, a beautifully produced, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nucleus with Leon Thomas: Live 1970

Read "Live 1970" reviewed by Roger Farbey



Almost forty five years after it was thankfully captured on tape, this first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert by British jazz rock pioneers Nucleus performing with American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas features a truly fascinating set of Thomas' repertoire and blindingly good performances all round.

This seemingly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 7-9

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Days 1-2 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9

Anat Fort / Susanna
Torben Waldorff Wah Wah / Norma WInstone
Partisans
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 20-July 1, 2014

For the last three days in Ottawa before heading to Montréal for five days of the Festival ...