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New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto

Read "New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show brings together an eclectic mix of releases from 2019.The featured album is from exciting Spanish guitarist Arnua Gil whose debut bridges the divide between rock and jazz with ease.There is also music from Ken Vandermark's first large ensemble recording in more than four years. The band is called Entr'acte and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band at Aghavannagh Barracks

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Aghavannagh Barracks Wicklow, Ireland August 14-15, 2019 Have you ever wondered what goes into a performance? For some it might just be a quick run through of familiar standards, while for free improvisers any prep at all might be anathema. But for a large ensemble rehearsal ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Thomas Stone, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Percy Pursglove & Martin Carthy

Read "Live From Birmingham: Thomas Stone, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Percy Pursglove & Martin Carthy" reviewed by Martin Longley

Thomas Stone/Takahiro Kawaguchi Centrala August 9, 2018 Centrala is yet another one of those individualist art joints in the post-industrial Digbeth area of Birmingham, balancing audio and visual forms. They have a regular diet of evening performances, usually of a more unusual bent. Coming up from London, Thomas Stone was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ramon Lopez: Threefold

Read "Threefold" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzfest Bonn 2018

Read "Jazzfest Bonn 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzfest Bonn Bonn, Germany May 3-5, 2018 The city of Bonn, situated on the banks of the Rhine River south of Cologne in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, is the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany's largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants. Bonn formerly functioned as the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Dunmall Brass Project: Maha Samadhi

Read "Maha Samadhi" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Suite in cinque movimenti, per lo più generosi (quattro superano i dodici minuti), dedicata al mistico indiano del diciannovesimo secolo Sri Ramakrishna e incisa al conservatorio di Birmingham nel giungo 2016, Maha Samadhi vede l'iperproduttivo Paul Dunmall alla testa di un ensemble al cui interno il suo trio si abbina a una brass section di sette ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Hamid Drake, Paul Dunmall & The Phoenix Jazzmen

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The Paul Dunmall & Hamid Drake Quintet mac October 4, 2016 This gig was part of a very short three-date tour, assembled by Birmingham promoter Tony Dudley-Evans. Saxophonist Paul Dunmall's free jazz and improvising eminence has now cloaked the entire globe, so his regular Stateside tours have helped forge relationships ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud

Read "The Blue Shroud" reviewed by John Sharpe

In some ways, The Blue Shroud might be Barry Guy's signature work. It's the first to unite his varied interests in Baroque music, composition, jazz and improv at an orchestral scale. To do so Guy assembles a 14-strong crack unit capable of interpreting each aspect to the highest level, including several early music specialists who are ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Barry Guy: Ploughs into Swordshares (Part 1)

Read "Barry Guy: Ploughs into Swordshares (Part 1)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Edgar Varèse's defiant statement in the face of public and critical indifference -"The present day composer refuses to die"--could so easily apply to composer-bassist Barry Guy. He has earned over the years a deep and lasting respect from certain fans and critics, though more so in ...


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