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Chris May's Best Releases of 2012

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Christian Scott

aTunde Adjuah

Concord Records

In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of ...

Oriole: Every New Day

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There's a stark beauty to Every New Day, the third album from Oriole, that speaks of the majesty of vast open spaces. For the most part, the warmth and splendor of these spaces gives the music a positivity and optimism, but there are also times when it takes on a more downbeat and reflective quality. The ...

Oriole: Every New Day

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Oriole

Every New Day

F-IRE

2012

Oriole's third album of sonorous South American and Iberian-flavored jazz has been some time coming. The London group, led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, debuted with Song For The Sleeping in 2005 and followed up a year later with Migration (both F-IRE). There has been ...

Carlos Lopez-Real's Mandorla: Mandorla

Read "Mandorla" reviewed by Chris May

Among the otherwise quite disparate assembly of musicians which makes up London's F-IRE collective and label, a shared sense of playfulness runs deep. Leading lights such as saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Finn Peters, guitarist Jonny Phillips, trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Arthurs, cellist Ben Davis and drummer Seb Rochford--all seriously adventurous musicians--bring refreshing degrees of fun to ...

Take Five With Jonny Phillips

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Meet Jonny Phillips: 10/05/2006 Kerstan Mackness Timeout London: “Guitarist Jonny Phillips might just be the next big star to emerge from the F-IRE Collective, the loose confederation of forward-looking musicians that include the Mercury- nominated Polar Bear and the hip-punk Jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, But while those bands embrace electronica, funk and rock influences, Phillips (who ...