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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2019 was the year when one couldn't turn an ear without hearing a release that featured either Kris Davis or Matthew Shipp. Between the two pianist/composer/improvisers, listeners have been treated to more than a dozen recordings, each noteworthy. Then there is Satoko Fujii. On the heels of her 2018, twelve-album birthday celebration, the pianist issued another ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Binker Golding: Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers

Read "Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Binker Golding has been gathering a loyal and impressive following on the London jazz scene with comparisons to John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Dispensing with some measure of hyperbole, Golding's prestigious UK based MOBO and MOJO awards, and growing fan base lend validity to his local stature. Like Idris Rahman, Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings (Sons ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ill Considered: 6

Read "6" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The London-based quartet, Ill Considered, has churned out nine full-length albums in less than two years, each high quality and each a unique jazz creation. Founded in 2017, saxophonist Idris Rahman, drummer Emre Ramazanoglu and bassist Leon Brichard replaced their additional percussionist with Satin Singh on their second release, Live at the Crypt (Self Produced, 2017). ...

Oriole: Every New Day

Read "Oriole: Every New Day" reviewed by Chris May

OrioleEvery New DayF-IRE2012Oriole's third album of sonorous South American and Iberian-flavored jazz has been some time coming. The London group, led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, debuted with Song For The Sleeping in 2005 and followed up a year later with Migration (both F-IRE). There has been ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey

Read "Primal Odyssey" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Clarinetist Arun Ghosh's debut, Northern Namaste (Camoci Records, 2008), signaled the arrival of a significant musician/composer on the UK jazz scene. Blending Indian and western instruments, Ghosh drew 12 musicians from Indian folk and jazz traditions to create something utterly fresh sounding; lyrical and highly melodic, celebratory and swinging, Ghosh's obvious virtuosity on clarinet was a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey

Read "Primal Odyssey" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Primal Odyssey, the second album from British/Asian clarinetist and composer Arun Ghosh, is yet more evidence that the Northwest of England is a creative center for some of the most stylish contemporary jazz. Admittedly, Ghosh is now based in London, but the towns of his formative years must take some of the credit for nurturing and ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey

Read "Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey" reviewed by Chris May

Arun GhoshPrimal OdysseyCamoci Records2011 There you are, waiting for the next Indo-Jazz album to arrive, and then two come along at the same time. October 2011 has already seen the release of Grand Union Orchestra's If Paradise (Red Gold), and now here comes clarinetist Arun Ghosh's Primal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erik Truffaz: Rendez-Vous

Read "Rendez-Vous" reviewed by Chris May

At first sight, everything is wrong about this 3CD set, recorded by the fusion and ambient trumpeter Erik Truffaz in Paris, Benares and Mexico--via a heap of international file-sharing--with help from the locals. “Wrong" like that table in the New York nightclub in 1971's The French Connection. Except that the bagmen portrayed in the movie were ...


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