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New and Notable Releases

Read "New and Notable Releases" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Sometimes in summertime the living isn't quite so easy and life contrives to get in the way of finding and celebrating the great music that is out there waiting for us. This article is an attempt to distill personal favourites from the many releases that have crossed my path in the last few months--had time been ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Paris

Read "Paris" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Listen to any number of Mike Westbrook records and you might want to ask, “Why doesn't he take a solo?" Aside from the occasional piano cadenza, Westbrook seems to prefer to let his compositions do the talking, ably aided by trustworthy musical confederates.

Westbrook celebrated his 80th birthday in March 2016 and Paris is ...

Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Lo scorso marzo Mike Westbrook ha compiuto 80 anni, un traguardo festeggiato degnamente con un nuovo doppio album realizzato con la Uncommon Orchestra, ensemble di 21 elementi che include tre vocalist dell'eccezione: l'inseparabile moglie Kate, autrice anche dei testi dell'opera, e due vecchie conoscenze e collaboratori dei Westbrook, Billy Bottle e Martine Waltier.

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Dan Whieldon Trio: Positive Changes

Read "Positive Changes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Dan Whieldon hails from Manchester and has been active in the North West of England's jazz scene for the last decade. Positive Changes is his debut release as leader, made not with fellow Mancunians but with players from Belgium--where he studied and where the album was made--and Holland. Bill Evans is an acknowledged inspiration and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Duncan Heining

For the last few years, pianist-composer Mike Westbrook has been leading a very fine big band down in Devon but this is the first time they have made it on to CD. In fact, this is an expanded ensemble with three vocalists, two bass players, two guitarists and two drummers. The clue is in the title, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Gee: Dragonfly

Read "Dragonfly" reviewed by Mark Corroto

50 years ago, modern jazz piano trios would barely be recognizable to the majority of their counterparts--except perhaps Bill Evans' trio. Today, cutting-edge jazz trios require interaction between players and expect both drummer and bassist to be more than just disciples. Trio leaders such as Jason Moran, John Escreet, Matthew Shipp all write and perform their ...

View From The Pocket: Northern Star People

Read "Northern Star People" reviewed by Chris May

British keyboardist Jonathan Gee is best known for his acoustic groups and recordings, but for View From The Pocket he's teamed up with Finnish trumpeter Mika Myllari for the mostly electronic duo Northern Star People. Gee, who plays some acoustic piano but spends more time on a battery of layered electric keyboards, and Myllari, whose trumpet ...