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Lorraine Baker: Eden

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Lorraine Baker graduated with First Class Honours from South East London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009. Since then, she's worked with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians and in addition to such sessions she's also freelance drum tutor. Fellow drummer Jeff Williams is quoted describing Baker as having a “unique style" ...

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Camilla George: The People Could Fly

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Camilla George's follow-up to her debut album Isang (Ubuntu, 2016) is, if anything, even better than her first. The record's title derives from a picture book of folktales by Virginia Hamilton portraying the plight of African slaves and how they could escape their oppression by flying back to their homeland. The titles of seven of the ...

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Gabrielle Ducomble: Across The Bridge

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Belgian-born and London-based chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble is gifted with an irresistible voice. Obvious comparisons can be made (and usually are) to the great Edit Piaf or at a pinch, a jazzier Mireille Mathieu, but this does Ducomble a disservice since she exudes her own unique vocal charm. Across The Bridge follows in the footsteps of Ducomble's ...

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Liran Donin's 1000 Boats: 8 Songs

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The virtuosic bass solo that opens “I Can See Tarifa" is the prelude to a dynamic ensemble vamp, unleashing torrents of unbridled saxophone . “The Story Of Annette And Maurice" is more reflective and utilises the twin horns in close harmony and Donin's pizzicato bass duetting with Maria Chiara Argirò's piano. The piece gradually picks-up momentum ...

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New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

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The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

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Line Matter: In Motion

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The hauntingly memorable melody to “Into The Woods," one of five tracks on In Motion written by Jonathan Moore, is enhanced by the guitarist's subtle yet assured technique which recalls the likes of Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny. Moore's opening salvo is hotly pursued by Francesco Acanfora, adding a confident tenor solo.

Whilst ...

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Donny McCaslin: Blow

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At first listen, Blow sounds more like a rock album than a jazz one. The catchy “What About The Body" could arguably be mistaken for one of King Crimson's more vituperative numbers featuring Adrian Belew. Ryan Dahle's emotionally-charged vocals are equally at the forefront of the explosive “Club Kidd." But the selection also includes three instrumental ...

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Phronesis: We Are All

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The incendiary playing on the opener “One For Us" augurs well for the rest of this, the eighth album by Phronesis. Their previous CD, The Behemoth was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim. It seems incredible that Jasper Høiby's brainchild has racked up so many consistently excellent recordings to date.

Ivo Neame's “Matrix ...

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Michael Gibbs With The Gary Burton Quartet: Festival 69

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On the first two discs of this previously unreleased three CD set, recorded at a single concert on 20th November 1969, the music is regularly punctuated by Gary Burton's announcement tracks, which are not always easily intelligible. However, his announcement preceding Steve Swallow's joyously rousing “Portsmouth Configurations" (actually “Portsmouth Figurations," from the 1967 RCA studio album ...

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New York All-Stars featuring Eric Alexander And Harold Mabern: Burnin' In London

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Who would have thought that in this day and age a contemporary hard-bop / post-bop live CD could sound so good? Recorded live at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club on 20th and 21st November 2017 this little gem qualifies as a winner for the sheer visceral excitement conjured-up by its four participants. Senior partner in the ...