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ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Tom Harrison

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Meet Tom Harrison:
For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. Born ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Harrison: Unfolding In Tempo

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London-based alto saxophonist Tom Harrison leads a tight and imaginative band on Unfolding In Tempo, a live album of “reflections on the Ellington/Strayhorn Canon." After three years intense study of Ellington and Strayhorn, Harrison has selected a mix of tunes that display the breadth of that canon, from the famous to the lesser-known, recorded at the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveils his hotly anticipated second release Unfolding in Tempo on October 14th 2016. The long-awaited live album will be released on Lyte Records in October 2016 in the esteemed company of releases by jazz stars Ari Hoenig, Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello and David Lyttle. The album documents two nights of Harrison’s ...

Jasmine Power: Stories and Rhymes EP

Read "Jasmine Power: Stories and Rhymes EP" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's something wonderful about watching a major talent emerge blinking into the harsh spotlight of the public gaze for the first time. Of course, some find the experience so traumatic that they are never heard of again, others are unlucky finding themselves in the clutches of the unprincipled sharks that inhabit the arts every bit as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Lyttle: Facing All The Music

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In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout--Lyttle has built a solid reputation in multiple fields in a relatively short span ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Lyttle: Faces

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The thirty-second cello sortie that kicks off Faces is an arresting opening statement that dashes any preconceptions about what to expect from David Lyttle's third outing as leader. While the acoustic True Story (Lyte Records, 2007) and Questions (Lyte Records, 2010)--the latter a swinging collaboration with guitar wunderkind Andreas Varady--helped establish Lyttle's credentials as a first-rate ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Simon Purcell: Red Circle

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The title of this debut CD by UK Pianist Simon Purcell, Red Circle, is rich in metaphor and layered meanings. Does it for example refer to the belief amongst practitioners of ritual magic that a marked out circle can contain energy in a sacred space or sometimes offer a form of magical protection--surely a metaphor for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

The Limerick Jazz Festival returns for another eagerly anticipated edition between September 25th and 28th. For its third edition the LJF has upped the stakes by bringing in some big names, not the least of which are Belfast’s legendary Van Morrison, American saxophonist David Sanborn and English saxophonist Julian Siegel. The festival opens at 8pm on Thursday ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Femi Temowo: Orin Meta

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Femi Temowo

Orin Meta

Femitone Records

2011

The British jazz and black music scene started beating a path to guitarist Femi Temowo's door ten years ago. No sooner had he graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in Jazz Studies than he was featured on jazz, rap and samples group ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jay Phelps Big Band: Snape, UK, August 17, 2011

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Jay Phelps Big Band
Snape Maltings
Snape, UK
August 17, 2011

Trumpeter Jay Phelps, a native of Vancouver who moved to the UK in his teens, first came to the attention of the British jazz scene as a member of Tomorrow's Warriors. In his early 20s he co-founded Empirical, playing on that band's debut ...