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John Martin: The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure

Read "The Hidden Notes - Spirit Of Adventure" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Hidden Notes--Spirit Of Adventure by saxophonist John Martin and his quintet (Ralph Wyld on vibes, guitarist Rob Updegraff, drummer Tim Giles and Tim Fairhall on bass) (mentioned briefly here) is a project that has had a four-year gestation. Calling the naturally occurring harmonics that are produced over the fundamental by all instruments the “hidden notes," ...

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Metamorphic: Coalescence

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Laura Cole, leader, pianist, arranger and songwriter of Metamorphic, dedicates Coalescence, the band's second album, to her great grandfathers Sidney Walker and Mervyn Clifford Cole. What would the two men, pictured in the album booklet's 1923 photo of the Irlam Co-operative Wholesale Orchestra, make of their great-granddaughter's approach to music? We'll never know, but the Orchestra's ...

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Metamorphic: The Rock Between

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Metamorphic is part of the F-IRE Collective, one of Britain's most innovative and exciting musical organization. Such an association immediately establishes the band as an ensemble of interest--and the music on its debut, The Rock Between, doesn't disappoint.

Composer, arranger and keyboardist Laura Cole is Metamorphic's leader, and the member who has the ...

Rachel Musson's Skein: Flight Line

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Rachel Musson's Skein

Flight Line

F-IRE

2011

The London musicians' collective/record label F-IRE can take much of the credit for the emergence of some singular saxophonists during the early to mid-2000s: Peter Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear), Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), Finn Peters and Ingrid Laubrock being foremost among ...

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John Martin Quartet: Dawning

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The debut album from London saxophonist John Martin comes with some heavyweight commendations. Flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, whose music inspired one tune and whose influence courses through the disc, calls it “a lovely album," and saxophonist Iain Ballamy says it is “an honest, cohesive and sophisticated release." Dawning introduces an engaging young saxophonist, in whose music echoes ...