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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 ...

Dinosaur: Wonder Trail

Read "Wonder Trail" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the long-awaited follow-up to Dinosaur's 2016 debut album Together, As One. But the de facto debut by this quartet actually took place on Laura Jurd's first, highly inventive, album Landing Ground released in 2012 on the Chaos Collective label, which she co-founded. In 2015 she released a second album under her own name, the ...

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A solo album is generally a defining statement of identity, especially for musicians who juggle multiple outlets, but Ivo Neame has such a hard time sitting still that even he must have a hard time pinning down his sound for very long. His piano makes a key voice (pun unintended) in the Escape Hatch quartet and ...

Pablo Held Trio: Investigations

Read "Investigations" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The complex title perfectly characterises Pablo Held's compositional approach. Here he utilises light and shade to mix swathes of tranquillity with petulant stabbing phrases accompanied by equally sharp drum retorts. However, and this is crucial, the piece flows together seamlessly.

The lissome nature of “Dr Freeds" betrays an influence of Bill Evans but the ...

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Read "Moksha" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Making a welcome return in a leader rĂ´le, Ivo Neame's follow-up to his excellent album Strata (Whirlwind, 2015), sees him taking a slightly different approach to his previous two quintet and octet configurated recordings. His cannily idiosyncratic music is also obviously divergent to those found on recordings with Phronesis and saxophonist Marius Neset, to which he ...

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Eyolf Dale: Return To Mind

Read "Return To Mind" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Eyolf Dale's Wolf Valley released on Edition Records in 2016 is no less impressive than its predecessor. Dale employs exactly the same line-up here so there are no major surprises except that Kristoffer Kompen now doubles on euphonium, Hayden Powell doubles on flugelhorn and Per Zanussi has dropped the saw. Dale himself is ...

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Verneri Pohjola Mika Kallio: Animal Image

Read "Animal Image" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Animal Image is the remarkable soundtrack for the documentary film of the same name by the Finnish visual artist Perttu Saksa. Although the movie's duration is twenty eight minutes, the score composed and recorded by fellow Finns Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio actually runs to just north of thirty seven minutes, but any shorter would have ...

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Snowpoet: Thought You Knew

Read "Thought You Knew" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Thought You Knew follows in the wake of Laura Kinsella's critically acclaimed 2014 recording with Blue Eyed Hawk, the highly imaginative Under The Moon (Edition Records) and Snowpoet's eponymous debut album released in 2016 on Two Rivers Records. Kinsella's mellifluous voice is like a cross between the late Sandy Denny and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, ...