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Freddie Gavita: Transient

Read "Transient" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Freddie Gavita graduated from London's Royal Academy of Music in 2008 after having taken a degree there in jazz trumpet under the watchful eye of Nick Smart, the Academy's Head of Jazz and a virtuoso trumpet player himself. Gavita is increasingly in demand both in big bands (including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra) and small groups alike ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trudy Kerr: Contemplation

Read "Contemplation" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Subtitled The Best Of Trudy Kerr, Contemplation is a retrospective of the singer's career through selections from her ten album discography.

Contemplation takes in Kerr's career from Blossom Dearie's “Sweet Surprise"--a track from her debut album (Sweet Surprise, Jazzizit Records, 1997)--through to “Poppies," from The Rhythm of Life: Ted And Gladys (Jazzizit Records, 2013), ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

ReVoice! 2014: collaboration is a key to success

Read "ReVoice! 2014: collaboration is a key to success" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The ReVoice! Festival--a celebration of the human voice--is five years old in 2014. Happy Birthday congratulations are in order for the jny: London based festival--this milestone anniversary is an indication of its success and of the wealth of vocalists in the jazz world and beyond. From small beginnings (just five concerts) in 2010 the festival has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trudy Kerr and Geoff Gascoyne: The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys

Read "The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Great male and female jazz vocal duos are rare as hen's teeth. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé? Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan? Now there's a pair of new kids on the block--Ted and Gladys. Or is there? Check the sleeve of The Rhythm Of Life: Ted & Gladys and all is not quite as it seems. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Two talented vocalists, top-class musicians, inspired song selections, a few new lyrics and a genuinely original set of arrangements come together to make Reunion: a fresh-sounding and charming album from Australian singers Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James. Kerr, based in London since 1990, and James have been friends for many years. Each of them has toured ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

There's No Such Thing as a British Jazz Scene

Read "There's No Such Thing as a British Jazz Scene" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

March and April 2010 were eventful months for JazzLife UK--my photo-documentary project on the jazz scene in Britain. Spring finally emerged from winter's grasp, snowdrops replaced snow drifts and jazz life got busier. Debates about jazz and the media took center-stage, at least for some of us, politicians limbered up for a General Election (I know ...

Curios: The Other Place

Read "The Other Place" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Other Place is the third album from Curios, the British piano trio. The band's reputation has been steadily rising since its formation in 2006--critical acclaim accorded to their first two albums, Hidden (Jazzizit, 2007) and Closer (Impure Music, 2008) and the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Band have all helped to raise Curios' profile. ...

Dave Stapleton Quintet: Between The Lines

Read "Between The Lines" reviewed by Chris May

Leading a band while simultaneously recording other musicians for your own label is no easy feat, but it's one pianist Dave Stapleton is achieving with style. Between The Lines is the third disc by the feisty and engaging Dave Stapleton Quintet for Edition Records, whose catalogue includes well received albums by Polar Bear saxophonist Mark Lockheart, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kit Downes Trio: Golden

Read "Golden" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Golden is the first album by the Kit Downes Trio--and it provides plenty of evidence to support the growing reputations of these three young musicians. The trio, led by pianist Kit Downes, has been together since 2005 when its members were in the early stages of their studies at the Royal Academy of Music. The quality ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Law: Deeper into the Music

Read "John Law: Deeper into the Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Classical music and jazz are often perceived as two radically different art forms that cannot be merged. Historically, the idea of a so-called “third stream" that is able to combine the language of jazz and classical music into a coherent whole has proved rather difficult to translate into praxis, and yet it is undeniable that a ...