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Dee Byrne's Entropi: Moment Frozen

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Whilst studying for her Masters at London's Trinity Laban Music Conservatoire of Music and Dance, altoist and composer Dee Byrne met her co-frontliner, trumpeter André Cannière where he's a visiting jazz tutor. Moment Frozen is the follow- up to Entropi's debut album New Era, released in June 2015 on the F-IRE Presents label.

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Gary Husband: A Meeting Of Spirits

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Pianist and percussionist Gary Husband is one of the world's most gifted musicians. It would be more accurate to say that he is not merely supremely talented but also a true virtuoso of both drums and keyboards. He played on John McLaughlin's Industrial Zen, released in 2006 and with the guitarist's 4th Dimension since its 2010 ...

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Viva Black featuring Gretli & Heidi: Mal Sirine

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Viva Black was formed in 2013 by Swedish bassist Filip Augustson featuring Eva Lindal on violin and Christopher Cantillo on drums. Their first eponymously titled CD was released in 2015 receiving widespread critical praise. Their second album Minsta Gemensamma Nämnaren was released 2016. Mal Sirine, the group's third recording is augmented by the idiosyncratic duo Gretl ...

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Gareth Lockrane: Fistfight At The Barndance

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Gareth Lockrane started playing the flute at the age of ten and having played in various bands, he went on to study with Eddie Parker, Mark Lockheart and Hugh Fraser at the London's Royal Academy of Music from 1994 to 1998. Lockrane was a member of the UK's renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to ...

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John McLaughlin: Where Fortune Smiles

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Where Fortune Smiles although customarily attributed to John McLaughlin is as much John Surman's record as it was the Mahavishnu's. But it's probably more accurate to describe it as a collective recording since all five musicians were equally matched players of international standing. The cover art actually depicts all five musicians' names and the title of ...

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Atlantic Bridge: Atlantic Bridge

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Pianist Mike McNaught already had form as an evangelist of pop-inspired jazz, as witnessed on his previous group The London Jazz Four's 1967 Polydor release Take A New Look At The Beatles. However, on this eponymously titled idiosyncratic marriage of jazz and pop, Atlantic Bridge has a stab at two Beatles numbers and three Jim Webb ...

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Girls in Airports: Live

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The fifth album by the Danish crossover band Girls In Airports was recorded during three live shows in Germany in April 2017. The audience applause (and cheering) is included at the conclusion of some tracks. The album opens with “Kantine" a slow-burner which inexorably builds tension and gravitas, releasing a crescendo of energy midway and ultimately ...

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Enrico Bergamini: Out of Place

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Italian born saxophonist and composer Enrico Bergamini where he started playing saxophone at the age of eight. He joined the Luca Marenzio Conservatory of Brescia in 2007, graduating in Classical Performance in 2011. In 2008 Bergamini was the featured alto soloist with the European Union Youth Orchestra playing concerts across Europe. In 2011 he commenced studies ...

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Adam Fairhall: Friendly Ghosts

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Following undergraduate studies, virtuoso pianist Adam Fairhall took a Master's degree at Leeds College of Music, receiving a MMus in Jazz Studies (Performance) in 2005. Whilst at Leeds he studied with pianist Mark Donlon and took lessons with British jazz composer Matthew Bourne. The title of his album Friendly Ghosts, Fairhall's debut recording as a soloist, ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: Let Your Mind...Space Out

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Any CD release by Bob Downes is a significant event but the psych-entitled Let Your Mind...Space Out is important because it also celebrates the 80th birthday of this virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist. It's hard to credit that Downes, like his contemporaries Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs has now achieved octogenarian status, given that his early oeuvre was ...


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