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Walter Smith III: Twio

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The unashamedly retro cover art of Twio accurately signposts the content of this imaginative album's track selection of jazz classics and standards. The only exception to this programme is Walter Smith III's original composition “Contrafact," chordally based on “Like Someone In Love" but given a 5/4 makeover. This involves the twin tenors of Smith and guest ...

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Eyolf Dale: Return To Mind

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The follow-up to Eyolf Dale's Wolf Valley released on Edition Records in 2016 is no less impressive than its predecessor. Dale employs exactly the same line-up here so there are no major surprises except that Kristoffer Kompen now doubles on euphonium, Hayden Powell doubles on flugelhorn and Per Zanussi has dropped the saw. Dale himself is ...

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Verneri Pohjola Mika Kallio: Animal Image

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Animal Image is the remarkable soundtrack for the documentary film of the same name by the Finnish visual artist Perttu Saksa. Although the movie's duration is twenty eight minutes, the score composed and recorded by fellow Finns Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio actually runs to just north of thirty seven minutes, but any shorter would have ...

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Snowpoet: Thought You Knew

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Thought You Knew follows in the wake of Laura Kinsella's critically acclaimed 2014 recording with Blue Eyed Hawk, the highly imaginative Under The Moon (Edition Records) and Snowpoet's eponymous debut album released in 2016 on Two Rivers Records. Kinsella's mellifluous voice is like a cross between the late Sandy Denny and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, ...

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Blicher Hemmer Gadd: Omara

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Recorded live in 2016 at various venues including London, UK, Odense, Denmark and Kiel, Germany, this is a very appealing organ trio album. The overriding ambiance of this live album recalls the late Jimmy Smith at his grooviest. Take for example the rocking blues of Willie Dixon's “My Babe" which motors along with a characteristic vibrancy. ...

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Matthew Read Trio: Anecdotes II

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The opener “Snow Part 1" strongly evokes memories of the open strings of John McLaughlin's guitar on the Miles Davis timeless classic In A Silent Way. Benedict Wood's lithe guitar work continues on “Many Roads Travelled" here displaying dexterity in the soloing, whereas on “Surprise Flight" Wood shows he can evince a melodic structure with chords ...

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Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista

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Julian Siegel is an in-demand and award-winning British saxophonist who teaches saxophone in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music. This is his Quartet's follow-up to their London Jazz award-winning album Urban Theme Park (Basho Records). Although Siegel is no stranger to Whirlwind Recordings in his role as a member of Partisans who released ...

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Greg Cordez: Last Things Last

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"Chekov's Gun" opens this recording with a laid-back yet electrifying atmosphere hinting vaguely of a Soft Machine influence. “Cherry V Des Moines" has a rock-based feel but the overlaid horn ensemble sections imbue it with a jazz-inflected impetus as does Michael Blake's sinewy tenor solo. “Figlock" is dominated by Steve Cardenas's chiming electric guitar work and ...

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Elliot Galvin: The Influencing Machine

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The Influencing Machine is a concept album based on the book of the same name by Mike Jay. This true account tells the story of James Tilley-Matthews, a tea merchant and double agent, architect and political thinker. Born in 1770, Tilley- Matthews was renowned not just for his various and varied professional activities, but more because ...

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12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent the top 12 published in 2017.

There Is No Love
David Sylvian
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 18, 2017

Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
Sarah Partridge