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Ant Law: Life I Know

Read "Life I Know" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Ant Law's third album and the follow-up to Zero Sum World (Whirlwind, 2015), is an impressive affair. The eight compositions reflect some of the guitarist's influences and experiences, real or imaginary. Since moving to London in the 2000s, Law has acted as sideman to various leading musicians including Tim Garland and recorded on Partikel's third album, ...

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Phronesis: We Are All

Read "We Are All" reviewed by Geno Thackara

You never know where Phronesis will turn next, but you can count on something inventive, surprising, and still true to the identity that's made them one of the premier piano trios on the world stage. They've racked up an impressive round of extracurriculars since their previous original outing Parallax (Edition, 2016): the left-field crossover The Behemoth ...

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Phronesis: We Are All

Read "We Are All" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The incendiary playing on the opener “One For Us" augurs well for the rest of this, the eighth album by Phronesis. Their previous CD, The Behemoth was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim. It seems incredible that Jasper Høiby's brainchild has racked up so many consistently excellent recordings to date.

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Tom Barford: Bloomer

Read "Bloomer" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, founded in 2011, is awarded each year to a young artist who demonstrates excellence in both performance and composition, selected from all graduating jazz musicians at the Royal Academy of Music. The prestigious prize includes a release of the artist's proposed recording on Edition Records. Thus it is that the 2017 ...

Julian Arguelles: Tonadas

Read "Tonadas" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Saxophonist supremo Julian Argüelles previously worked with the inventive pianist Ivo Neame on Escape Hatch's Roots Of Unity (Whirlwind, 2016) and with bassist Sam Lasserson and drummer James Maddren on his album Tetra (Whirlwind 2015). With over a dozen albums recorded as leader, and with his essential contribution as a member of the inimitable big band ...

Slowly Rolling Camera: Juniper

Read "Juniper" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It would be just too facile to contend that the music produced by Slowly Rolling Camera is in the same ball park as, say, Air, Massive Attack or Groove Armada. For while it's partially true to assign the trip hop epithet to SRC, that shorthand does this trio (comprising, Dave Stapleton, Deri Roberts and Elliot Bennett) ...

Slowly Rolling Camera: Juniper

Read "Juniper" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If Slowly Rolling Camera isn't already working on a film score or two, then some director somewhere is really missing out. The Welsh outfit occupies a beautifully lush spot in the music world at the intersection of jazz, trip-hop and soul-soothing electronica. It's sweeping yet intimate stuff, vivid and emotional on a widescreen scale in hi-def. ...

Roller Trio: New Devices

Read "New Devices" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For their third studio album, Roller Trio underwent quite a sea change with the departure of guitarist Luke Wynter, who played a key role on their eponymously titled debut release on F-IRE in 2012 and its follow-up Fracture on Lamplight Social Records in 2014. His successor is Chris Sharkey whose contributions can be heard on Acoustic ...

Tim Garland: Weather Walker

Read "Weather Walker" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Taking his inspiration from the scenic magic of England's Lake District, saxophonist and composer Tim Garland has translated the natural beauty of the landscape into an equally breathtaking suite. From the opening track “Rugged Land," it's clear that this is no ordinary chamber jazz. The dynamics are often forcefully percussive, but impressively so, considering the ensemble ...

Enemy: Enemy

Read "Enemy" reviewed by Roger Farbey

An original member of Empirical, featured on their self-titled 2007 debut album, pianist Kit Downes went on to form the left-field jazz-rock trio Troyka, but had been leading his own trio as far back as 2005, with his first recording Golden released on Basho Records in 2009. On that album, as here, he was accompanied by ...