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Phil Durrant & Martin Vishnick: Rifinitori di momenti

Read "Rifinitori di momenti" reviewed by John Eyles

The fact that this duo exists is a testament to the network of improvised music workshops and venues that thrive in London, with interested musicians often hearing about them by word of mouth. One such workshop is Skronk, which is run every fortnight or so by New Zealand expat and saxophonist Rick Jensen, who welcomes all ...

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Alan Wilkinson, Ari Eisinger, Manos Pa’Aribba & Paul Dunmall

Read "Live From Birmingham: Alan Wilkinson, Ari Eisinger, Manos Pa’Aribba & Paul Dunmall" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alan Wilkinson & Andrew Cheetham
The Lamp Tavern
September 26, 2017

The fortnightly (apart from during the low seasons) Fizzle improvised music session takes place on Tuesdays in the rear room of The Lamp Tavern, a back street public house in the old industrial hinterland of Digbeth. Much of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Julie Kjaer 3: Dobbeltgaenger

Read "Dobbeltgaenger" reviewed by John Sharpe

An increasingly visible presence on the London scene, Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer's latest move can only accelerate that prominence. For her third outing as leader she has enlisted the support of two of Europe's most accomplished improvisers in bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble, who can also be heard fuelling the likes of Peter Brötzmann ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Brotzmann / Steve Noble: I Am Here Where Are You

Read "I Am Here Where Are You" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The greatest artists in history have never been able to capture the immensity of the American sequoia trees. Like the Grand Canyon, their gargantuan size cannot successfully be reduced to canvas by painters like Albert Bierstadt or Thomas Hill, nor captured on gelatin silver prints by photographers like Ansel Adams. Seeing is, indeed, believing. Just like ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble: London, England, January 9, 2013

Read "Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble: London, England, January 9, 2013" reviewed by John Sharpe

Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble
Café Oto
London
January 9, 2013

It didn't look promising to begin with. In the dark days of January with the New Year festivities over and done, there's not a lot of enthusiasm for nocturnal adventure, so it was no surprise to see just a couple of people waiting outside before ...

ARTICLE: SCUMBLES

Jazz in a Changing World

Read "Jazz in a Changing World" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Jazz has influenced many other genres of music and, likewise, many other genres have influenced jazz from its very beginning. What is really exciting about the scene at the moment is just how much enrichment it is getting from the rest of the world. It works both ways, of course; jazz musicians from countries which have, ...

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Petter Wettre Next Generation: The Social Media Tapes

Read "The Social Media Tapes" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian saxophonist Petter Wettre is one of the more prominent musicians in Norway's fertile, contemporary jazz scene. He never associated himself with the ECM school of icy, lyrical jazz, and his musical output has always corresponded with American post-bop and free jazz.

Wettre also stands in the forefront in pursuit of new means ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Freeform in the U.K.

Read "Freeform in the U.K." reviewed by Sammy Stein

Freeform and improvised jazz is having a hard time at the moment. Venues have to make tough choices between pleasing what is a smaller cohort of customers and bringing new, maybe transient, but paying clients who are attracted by big names, standards and music they know. Customers have less cash in these difficult economic times, so ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe McPhee and Decoy: Cafe Oto, London, October 29, 2011

Read "Joe McPhee and Decoy: Cafe Oto, London, October 29, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although at an age when many might be happier looking to past glories, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee still seeks new answers to the questions posed by music-making on the fly. Given the success of the solutions proffered in the concert which produced the acclaimed Oto (Bo Weavil, 2009), it was only a matter of time before the ...