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The Grip: Celebrate

Read "Celebrate" reviewed by John Eyles

The Grip is an exciting new trio consisting of three well-connected London-based players each with a track record of proven success and innovation in a variety of contexts--saxophonist and flautist Finn Peters, tuba player Oren Marshall and drummer Tom Skinner. The group name is a reference to the cIassic Arthur Blythe album The Grip (India Navigation, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Mark Lockheart, King Courgette, La Mer Trio & YO1 Festival

Read "Live From Old York: Mark Lockheart, King Courgette, La Mer Trio & YO1 Festival" reviewed by Martin Longley

Mark Lockheart's Ellington In Anticipation
The National Centre For Early Music
April 25, 2014

The music of Duke Ellington might represent an oft-traversed path across the jazz firmament, but the English saxophonist and composer Mark Lockheart can justify such persistent attentions. During the last decade, this tenor man has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Lockheart: Ellington in Anticipation

Read "Ellington  in Anticipation" reviewed by John Kelman

Ellington in Anticipation isn't Mark Lockheart's first album to employ an expanded lineup; the Polar Bear/Blue Touch Paper saxophonist collaborated with Germany's WDR Big Band on 2010's Days Like These (Fuzzy Moon) and first cut his teeth in Loose Tubes, the now-legendary large UK collective of then-up-and-comers that included pianist Django Bates, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

Read "Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra at the Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2012

Read "Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra at the Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra
Theatre Royal Norfolk And Norwich Festival
Norwich, UK
May 26, 2012

It only took a quick glance at the stage to confirm that this was to be no ordinary jazz gig: Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra doesn't do ordinary. Dammers, leader and keyboard player of '70s ska band The Specials, ...

Billy Jenkins: Jazz Gives Me The Blues

Read "Billy Jenkins: Jazz Gives Me The Blues" reviewed by Chris May

Billy Jenkins

Jazz Gives Me The Blues

VOTP Records

2011

If the title Jazz Gives Me The Blues suggests that London guitarist/vocalist Billy Jenkins is hacked off with jazz, you would be right. Kind of. What Jenkins objects to is the gentrification and institutionalization of jazz, once--a quantum leap from ...

Rachel Musson's Skein: Flight Line

Read "Rachel Musson's Skein: Flight Line" reviewed by Chris May

Rachel Musson's Skein

Flight Line

F-IRE

2011

The London musicians' collective/record label F-IRE can take much of the credit for the emergence of some singular saxophonists during the early to mid-2000s: Peter Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear), Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), Finn Peters and Ingrid Laubrock being foremost among ...

Finn Peters: Butterflies

Read "Butterflies" reviewed by Chris May

After the best part of a decade immersed in dance, hip hop, Afro-Cuban, electronica and contemporary classical musics, flautist and saxophonist Finn Peters returned to his jazz roots with Su-Ling (Babel, 2006). An album made instantly engaging by its lyricism and rainbow of non-European musical influences, but which revealed its full beauty only after repeated listenings, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Finn Peters: Su-Ling

Read "Su-Ling" reviewed by Chris May

On Su-Ling, his acoustic band's debut album, F-IRE Collective founding member Finn Peters is thinking big. The scope of stylistic influences is broad, and his arrangements are nuanced to suggest a considerably larger lineup than a quintet. At its most immediate, the album is reminiscent of the orchestrated tracks on Wayne Shorter's Alegria (Verve, 2003). Gorgeous ...