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Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's an energy and a focus about this, Clowes fourth album for UK indie Basho records, that suggests a creative breakthrough. My Iris has kept that restlessness and love of music irrespective of genre apparent in Clowes earlier work, but feels a better constructed programme where the stylistic shifts are organic developments that blend naturally into ...

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Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

Firstly, each individual in the Trish Clowes Quartet, Trish Clowes on various saxophones, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond, Chris Montague on guitar and James Maddren on drums, fits their corner perfectly, providing the extra dimension that makes their cohesive playing effortless. There are no shirkers or hang back components in this line up. My Iris ...

Liam Noble: A Room Somewhere

Read "A Room Somewhere" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

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 ...

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Trish Clowes: Pocket Compass

Read "Pocket Compass" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On her debut album, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), saxophonist Trish Clowes gathered together a large group of musicians and included a full orchestra on two tracks. For her impressive second album, And In The Night-time She Is There (Basho Records, 2012), she streamlined the line-up, adding just half a dozen guests to the core quintet but ...

Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio: Big Ship

Read "Big Ship" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Big Ship is the latest album to grace the extensive discography of Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel and the fourth release from his Inner Language Trio. Stiefel is an underrated pianist. He lacks, so far, the public profile of other European players such as Joachim Kuhn or Michael Wollny but that's no reflection on his talent--as Big ...

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Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars

Read "Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Arch collaborator Kit Downes has been near ubiquitous in UK jazz terms over the last few years. His trio collection Golden was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize (the nearest thing to a UK Grammys) in 2010 and considerably raised his public profile. Yet in interview Downes has commented upon the double edged sword that this ...

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The Impossible Gentlemen: Internationally Recognisable Aliens

Read "Internationally Recognisable Aliens" reviewed by John Kelman

When you come out of the gate as strongly as The Impossible Gentlemen (Basho, 2011), you create a pretty high set of expectations for the follow-up. Of course, when it's a quartet of musicians this accomplished--a transatlantic, trans-generational group consisting of a living legend (bassist Steve Swallow), a less-known but equally active American cohort (drummer Adam ...

Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars

Read "Light From Old Stars" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Given pianist/composer Kit Downes' standing in the UK jazz scene it's rather surprising that Light From Old Stars is only the third album he's released under his own name. It's less surprising when his relative youth--he was still in his mid-20s when he recorded this album--and active membership in bands such as Troyka and Stan Sulzmann's ...

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Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Christoph Stiefel è un pianista svizzero non più giovanissimo, di formazione classica, con un passato nel blues e nel rhythm & blues e da una ventina d'anni parecchio attivo nel mondo del jazz nel quale vanta collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di Charlie Mariano, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hirshfield. Con otto anni di vita e quattro pubblicazioni alle spalle il piano ...

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Nikki Iles: Hush

Read "Hush" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Arriva dall'Inghilterra arriva questo disco, sognante e delicato, di un trio di altissimo livello, quello capitanato dalla pianista britannica Nikki Iles e completato da due maestri americani quali Rufus Reid e Jeff Williams, che si fanno sedurre dall'idea di un disco alla Bill Evans in cui alla raffinatezza del tocco sul pianoforte si aggiunge l'interazione sottile ...