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Gareth Lockrane: Fistfight At The Barndance

Read "Fistfight At The Barndance" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gareth Lockrane started playing the flute at the age of ten and having played in various bands, he went on to study with Eddie Parker, Mark Lockheart and Hugh Fraser at the London's Royal Academy of Music from 1994 to 1998. Lockrane was a member of the UK's renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kate Williams: Atlas & Vulcana

Read "Atlas & Vulcana" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Atlas and Vulcana formed a strongman and strongwoman act--Vulcana's real name was Kate Williams--whose feats of strength were renowned in Victorian and early twentieth century Britain. Pianist and composer Kate Williams (no relation, presumably) takes inspiration from the couple in titling this album and two of its tracks. Atlas & Vulcana has its own strengths--no brute ...

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: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

Read "Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

Read "Shepherd's Stories" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Maybe it's the unfashionably hot weather that's hit the UK in recent summers, but there's something almost cheery about drummer Asaf Sirkis' Shepherd Stories. Sirkis' church organ/guitar based Inner Noise recordings wove a jazz-gothic tale, while The Monk (SAM Productions, 2008)--with guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos and bassist Yaron Stavi--balanced tantalizingly between pretty melancholy and a slightly dark ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Callum Au Big Band: Something's Coming

Read "Something's Coming" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trombonist and arranger Callum Au has amassed a remarkable wealth of experience, playing or arranging for, among others, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Oxford University Big Band (he graduated from the university in 2011), Seth MacFarlane and Buddy Greco. He's a busy man--a list of his projects suggests that he's discovered the secret of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012

Read "London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012" reviewed by Duncan Heining

London Jazz Festival
London, England
November, 9-18, 2012
Now in its 20th year, the London Jazz Festival is a vast, all-encompassing affair. One of the great cities of the world, London's history saw it swallow village upon village and hamlet after hamlet and this can make it all seem dispersed and disconnected. It's an ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gareth Lockrane: Doing That Grooveyard Thing

Read "Gareth Lockrane: Doing That Grooveyard Thing" reviewed by Duncan Heining

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Holt Festival: Holt, UK, July 25, 2012

Read "Holt Festival: Holt, UK, July 25, 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Holt Festival
Holt, UK
July 25, 2012
Holt, in Norfolk, is a pretty East Anglian market town that nestles in pleasant, almost stereotypical, English countryside. It's home to a mere 3,500 people, but it punches way above its weight artistically and culturally, seeming to have more art galleries than Manhattan. In recent years it has developed ...

Kate Williams Septet: Made Up

Read "Made Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Made Up is the fourth album from British composer/pianist Kate Williams. Her previous albums have featured trio, quartet and quintet lineups; Made Up leapfrogs the sextet setup to feature a seven-piece group of top flight UK musicians who prove to be superb interpreters of Williams' brightly original compositions.

Made Up was released in the UK ...