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Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist

Read "Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist" reviewed by Duncan Heining

British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake, is one of the most adventurous and articulate musicians in a music peppered with creative artists. That he is not a household name--even within the proscribed and marginalised world of jazz--says more about the times than it does about Speake or his single-minded approach to his art.

Speake combines ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Travis’ Double Talk: Transgression

Read "Transgression" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The chiming notes of a very Mahavishnu Orchestra sounding guitar open the tension-rich “Fire Mountain" hotly pursued by Theo Travis' intense tenor sax soloing and coruscating axe work from Mike Outram.

A change of pace is heard in the title track, beginning slowly but gradually building-up in pace and volume, Outram's fuzzy guitar twinned ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

Read "Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

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It's getting to the point where it's almost impossible to pigeonhole an artist into any one category---and that can't be anything but a good thing. Sure, some people like to think of the artists they love as jazz, rock or classical musicians, but the truth is that, more and more, musicians simply want to be thought ...

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Gareth Lockrane: Doing That Grooveyard Thing

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Few musicians have developed successful careers in jazz playing just flute. You might think of Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws and Bobbi Humphrey, but only Jeremy Steig, Paul Horn and James Newton spring immediately to mind as artists who have achieved credibility with both fans and critics in their work. We can now add 36 year-old British ...

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4 Sided Triangle: 4 Sided Triangle

Read "4 Sided Triangle" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

4 Sided Triangle offer up a set of tunes that mix jazz, rock, blues and funk on their eponymous debut album. It's an often-quirky set of tunes from an impressive quartet of British musicians led by Bristol-based saxophonist and composer Kevin Figes.

Figes also leads the Kevin Figes Quartet, which has released two albums, but ...

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Vitor Pereira Quintet: Doors

Read "Doors" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Music produced by London's F-IRE Collective is almost guaranteed to be intriguing and innovative. Doors, the debut from Portuguese guitarist Vitor Pereira's Quintet, is a worthy addition to the Collective's output. The quintet contains some of the UK's finest young players, including alto saxophonist Chris Williams, from Led Bib, and drummer Eddie Hick, from Gilad Atzmon's ...

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Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning

Read "Grace for Drowning" reviewed by John Kelman

Not that he wasn't already busy when, amidst being a driving force behind No-Man, Incredible Expanding Mindfuck and Porcupine Tree, singer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson released his first proper solo recording, Insurgentes (Kscope, 2009), but the past two years have been even more hectic. His outstanding work bringing the King Crimson catalogue into the 21st century with revealing ...

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Tassos Spiliotopoulos: Archipelagos

Read "Archipelagos" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Since moving to London in 2000 to study music, Greek guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos has built a solid reputation as a technically gifted musician, building an impressive résumé of collaborations in a relatively short time, working with drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband, saxophonist Tim Garland, singer/multi-instrumentalist Eileen Hunter and guitarists John Parricelli, Mike Outram and John Etheridge. His debut ...