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Live From Birmingham: Tom Harrison, Tad Newton, Wynton Marsalis & Monocled Man

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Tom Harrison
The Bartons Arms
June 6, 2014

Some of Tom Harrison's band sidemen are more familiar to seasoned UK jazz fans than the leader himself, but the London saxophonist's film music project will doubtless contribute to improving his own profile. It's the kind of conceptual set-up that is ...

Andre Canniere: Coalescence

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Coalescence is the perfect title for this engrossing collection from Andre Canniere. The idea that our experiences and influences become absorbed into a larger whole works on many levels both personal and musical. Some would have us believe that true originality in these post-modern times comes only through the juxtaposition of the different elements and influences ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kairos Ensemble: Rejoicing Blues

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Kairos Ensemble (not to be confused with another UK four piece, Kairos 4tet) came together in 2001. Rejoicing Blues is the ensemble's fifth album and features tunes from the band's live sets that have not previously been recorded. There is, indeed, much here that is worth rejoicing.

The ensemble features saxophonist Dan Foster, pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold

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With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the ...

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Vossa Jazz 2013

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Vossa Jazz
Oslo, Norway
March 22-24, 2013
Every festival hopes to have a signature, that certain something that differentiates it from all the rest and makes it a desired destination, but few have as many things going for it as the annual Vossa Jazz Festival, now in its 40th year.

It certainly may seem ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kairos 4tet: Statement of Intent

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Com'è ormai ben risaputo, la Gran Bretagna è sempre stata - jazzisticamente parlando - una sorta di enclave. Per dirla con termini più moderni, anche una sorta di buco nero che tutto assorbe e in sostanza nulla trasmette se non in rarissime occasioni. Proprio pochi giorni fa mi sono trovato a parlare della cosa con un nobile ...

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Dialogues Trio: Twinkle Twinkle

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Pianist Bruno Heinen formed Dialogues Trio in 2005 with bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Jon Scott. The trio has played numerous live concerts in Italy and the UK since its inception, but the three players have also been involved in other projects--including Heinen's work with Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, Di Biase's membership in trumpeter Kenny ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kairos 4tet: Statement Of Intent

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Two years on from its debut, Kairos Moment (Kairos, 2009), Kairos 4tet's Statement Of Intent categorically proves that the critical applause granted to its first album was well-deserved. Statement Of Intent is full of energy, inventiveness and melody, demonstrating a maturing musical sensibility, and placing the band fairly and squarely in the top flight of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kairos 4tet: Kairos Moment

Read "Kairos Moment" reviewed by Chris May

A luminous debut album from four young London musicians which, unexpectedly, affirms the eternal verities of acoustic jazz. Supple rhythms, strong melodies, inventive harmonies, flowing improvisation...it's all here and it bucks the trend. Since the adoption of Acoustic Ladyland by the mainstream media round about the release of the band's album Last Chance Disco (Babel, 2005), ...