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Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist

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British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake, is one of the most adventurous and articulate musicians in a music peppered with creative artists. That he is not a household name--even within the proscribed and marginalised world of jazz--says more about the times than it does about Speake or his single-minded approach to his art.

Speake combines ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

Read "Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...

Take Five With Matt Ridley

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Meet Matt Ridley:
I graduated from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London in 2005 and have been a full time bassist since then. Music has taken me all around the world and I've been very privileged to perform regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in UK like Jason Yarde, John Turville, and ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Julie Sassoon: Dancing in the Shadows

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It's been seven years since British pianist and composer Julie Sassoon released her first solo CD, New Life (Babel). Since then, she and her family have moved to Berlin and Sassoon has quietly established herself in Germany as an unusual and unique talent. It's been a long wait for fans but her new live album, Land ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kenny Wheeler: The Making of "Mirrors"

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It often comes as a surprise to people when they discover that trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Kenny Wheeler is not British. Well, not British born, for although born in Toronto, Canada, in 1930, Wheeler has spent the last 60 years living in England, which surely makes him as English as Ploughman's Lunch or a pint of bitter. The recording ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenny Wheeler / Norma Winstone / London Vocal Project: Mirrors

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That trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Kenny Wheeler is challenging himself at 80 is surely inspirational. Mirrors represents his first recording where poems provide the music's source, though he composed the music over 20 years ago. The project was then commissioned for five solo voices in 1998, but the combination of Wheeler, singer Norma Winstone and the London Vocal Project, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nikki Iles: Hush

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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 ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Stan Sulzmann: Neon Quartet

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Stan Sulzmann is among the most singular saxophonists in the UK, with an instantly recognizable, lush but rough-edged sound, and a distinguished track record as a composer and arranger for large and small bands.

Born in London in 1948, Sulzmann is approaching veteran status and is a source of inspiration to many of Britain's emerging ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Georgia Mancio: ReVoice!

Read "Georgia Mancio: ReVoice!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When the road offers two possible paths, the decision to turn left or right can have major consequences. If Georgia Mancio had taken the left-hand path, then she might now be carving out a career in movie production. She took the other route, thanks to a part-time job and a box set of albums, to become ...