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Brass Jaw: Minted

Read "Minted" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

This is not an unbiased review. That needs to be said from the outset. Payola changed hands to ensure that this review was written. The press release for Minted--the fourth album from Scotland's Brass Jaw--arrived accompanied by cash. An obvious bribe. Painted to resemble an eye, but still quite obviously coin of the realm. Two pence, ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Bray, County Wicklow
Ireland
May 3-5, 2013

For many years, the picturesque town of Bray's main claim to fame has been that it's the oldest inhabited seaside town in Ireland. That is, it was the main claim to fame until Bray local lass Katie Taylor won boxing gold at the 2012 ...

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Brass Jaw: Branded

Read "Branded" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Branded is Brass Jaw's third album since baritone saxophonist Allon Beauvoisin formed the band in 2005. It appears at the end of a hectic year for the Scottish quartet which has included performing at the Rochester Jazz Festival, and gathering great reviews for its series of London Jazz Festival gigs. The band's name is a little ...

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Paul Towndrow: Six by Six

Read "Six by Six" reviewed by John Barron

There's nothing mild or meek about Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow. The young reedman approaches improvisation with a go-for-broke assuredness. Six by Six finds Towndrow leading a powerhouse sextet performing a set of original mainstream jazz.

Towndrow composes edgy tunes with enough lush harmony to keep band-mates challenged and listeners curious. The disc's explosive opener, “Big Hitter," ...