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Henry Lowther: can't believe, won't believe

Read "can't believe, won't believe" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If any jazz ensemble can be said to define the word “prolific" it's not Henry Lowther's Still Waters. The band's debut album, ID, appeared in 1997. can't believe, won't believe is its second release, just 21 years later. Good things, as they say, come to those that wait.

Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Lowther has ...


Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons

Read "Malcolm Griffiths: A Man For All Seasons" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We talk often of the stars, like 'Trane and Miles. We remember the bandleaders, such as Basie and Duke. We even recall the composers and arrangers, Ellington again, Gil Evans and Monk. And we never forget those star soloists like Johnny Hodges or Lester Young. But the guys in the machine room, the guys who make ...


Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon

Read "Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paolo Angeli/Derek Gripper
The National Centre For Early Music
February 16, 2017

On this double-billed evening, acoustic guitars were found in their extreme opposites states, spreading from purity to perversion. From South Africa, Derek Gripper plays a natural axe, amplified only modestly, direct into a respectfully- distanced microphone. From Sardinia, ...


Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)

Read "Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Barry Guy has been the artistic director and main composer of the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra throughout its now forty-five year history. Recordings and performances since Ode in 1972 have been sporadic but those forty-five years have resulted in eleven albums (including one with Anthony Braxton) ...


Jazztopad 2015

Read "Jazztopad 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

National Music Forum
Jazztopad 2015
Wroclaw, Poland
November 21-25, 2015

The city of Wroclaw by the Odra River in the southwest of Poland has occupied a pre-eminent position throughout its long, turbulent history, and it still does. Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival is a relatively young one. This year celebrated had ...


Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning.

Read "Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra
LSO St. Lukes
October 17, 2015

The gap between the music that Colin Towns makes and much that currently passes for jazz grew even wider last weekend. Performing compositions from his new double CD Drama with his stellar Mask Orchestra, the composer-bandleader revealed the music's potential ...

John Russell: With...

Read "With..." reviewed by John Eyles

This album is a faithful record of John Russell's sixtieth birthday concert which took place at Cafe Oto, London, on Friday 19th December 2014. Everything is included here except for announcements, applause and less than half a minute of music which were all edited out to fit it onto one CD; at a few seconds short ...


Torino Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Varie sedi--25.04-1.05.2014

Benché bersagliata da intemperanze meteorologiche d'altro canto non nuove, in questa sede, la terza edizione del Torino Jazz Festival (seconda sotto la direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni) ha visto una partecipazione di pubblico che definiremmo oceanica, al punto che--per esempio--si è rivelato praticamente impossibile accedere ai concerti in giro per i ...


The Weave: The Weave

Read "The Weave" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

From the perspective of an east of England jazz writer, it can seem like Manchester has the north east's jazz scene to itself, with Liverpool, its near neighbour, putting up little in the way of competition. It's not that Liverpool is un-musical--it is after all the home city of Gerry And The Pacemakers--but its impact on ...


Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days

Read "Django Bates: From Zero to Sixty in Five Days" reviewed by John Kelman

It's rare enough to get to catch the premiere of a brand new work in a location as removed as Luleå, Sweden--just 100 kilometers south of the Arctic circle and in late May already experiencing 22-hour days and temperatures between 20 and 25 Celsius. But to get to experience the birth of a commission and to ...