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Szun Waves: New Hymn To Freedom

Read "New Hymn To Freedom" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Pythagoras had this notion that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum. Put simply, as these orbs travel through space they produce certain sound waves. Ever wondered what that might actually sound like? Wonder no more, for this second album from vanguard jazz trio Szun Waves is surely what Pythagoras had in ...

Laurence Pike: Distant Early Warning

Read "Distant Early Warning" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Laurence Pike famously studied with jazz piano legend Mike Nock at Sydney's Conservatorium. The master and his apprentice then later worked together, both in concert and in the studio. But whilst the percussionist Pike may be shorn of his guru's input on this album, Nock's imprint is still tangible.

Distant Early Warning was conceived ...

Nightports w/Matthew Bourne: Nightports

Read "Nightports" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The night he was named Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2001, pianist Matthew Bourne gave a performance that rather set out his stall. Using stillness and eruptions in the mode of Ran Blake, with soundtrack samples from Willy Wonka, Bourne played like a man possessed. Since then he's left few tones unturned in the search for new ...

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Polar Bear: Same As You

Read "Same As You" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Geography is rarely something that a writer considers when preparing a review. But Same as You sounds profoundly shaped by where it was mixed and mastered--in the Mojave Desert, by producer Ken Barrientos and Polar Bear drummer and bandleader Sebastian Rochford. “We spent a couple days at his studio then headed out to the desert for ...

Polar Bear: Same As You

Read "Same As You" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear's seventh album, Same As You appears barely 12 months after album number six, In Each And Every One (Leaf Label, 2014). It's far from being a “more of the same" follow-up though--this is a softer, more-at-peace Polar Bear sound than its predecessor, a mellower vibe.

There are just six tracks on the ...

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Wildbirds and Peacedrums: Rhythm

Read "Rhythm" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As well as possessing one of the finest band names in contemporary music, Wildbirds And Peacedrums--Swedish husband and wife duo Andreas Werliin and Mariam Wallentin--has also produced some of the most intense, atmospheric and emotive songs. The trend continues on Rhythm, which the band describes as its “going back to our roots" album. Written, performed, produced, ...

Polar Bear: In Each And Every One

Read "In Each And Every One" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear is back. Not just with a bang, but with a whole array of other sounds, including the occasional whimper. In Each And Every One brings together 11 tunes from the pen of drummer Sebastian Rochford--from the gently bucolic to the downright macabre. There's also an early front runner for the Best Song Title Of ...

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Melt Yourself Down: Melt Yourself Down

Read "Melt Yourself Down" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Shouty, funky, groovy, heavy, punky, jazzy--the UK-based Melt Yourself Down is all of these things and more. Debut album Melt Yourself Down demonstrates all of these qualities, with a collection of songs that demands, and deserves, attention, respect, love and dancing in equal measure.

Melt Yourself Down includes some of the UK's finest, most ...

Matthew Bourne: Montauk Variations

Read "Montauk Variations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Montauk Variations è il terzo album in solo del pianista Matthew Bourne. Il primo in studio (dopo il debutto con "For John Zorn & Mike Osborne" del 2001 e “The Molde Concert" del 2007), registrato a Montauk, in cui il prolifico improvvisatore britannico si trova davvero solo con il suo piano. Operazione complessa per uno navigato come Bourne, che ...

Matthew Bourne: Montauk Variations

Read "Montauk Variations" reviewed by John Kelman

Still on the shy side of 40, British pianist Matthew Bourne has accomplished more, in a relatively short time, than many do in a lifetime. Bourne has leaned farther to the left for most of his career, experimenting in both acoustic and electric environs with a free-thinking approach informed, to some extent, by Annette Peacock, that ...