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Stray: Into Darkness

Read "Into Darkness" reviewed by John Sharpe

Two old masters and two younger pretenders unite to produce Into Darkness. Saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell were both part of the so-called second generation of improvisers, following in the wake of progenitors such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and John Stevens. Joining them in a continuous 51-minute live performance from London's Iklektic in ...

Dominic Lash & Seth Cooke: Egregore

Read "Egregore" reviewed by John Eyles

Making their Intonema debut here, the occasional duo of Dominic Lash and Seth Cooke dates back to 2013. Egregore is their third album release, following PACT (1000 füssler, 2014) and Canary (Hideous Replica, 2015). However, anyone familiar with those releases and/or Lash's other work may be surprised by this new album as he does not play ...

Tom Wheatley: Double Bass

Read "Double Bass" reviewed by John Eyles

With improvising double bassists of the calibre of Olie Brice, John Edwards, Dominic Lash, David Leahy, Peter Marsh, Marcio Mattos, Jordan Muscatello and Guillaume Viltard being regulars on the London improv scene, it is not an easy place for young newcomers to make an impression and gain a reputation. But every once in a while, a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dominic Lash: Extremophile

Read "Extremophile" reviewed by John Sharpe

According to Wikipedia, an extremophile is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth. By titling the second disc from his Quartet in this way you can't help but think that bassist Dominic Lash is drawing an analogy with the place of the improviser in the ...

Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]

Read "Unit[e]" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With each subsequent release, pianist-composer Alexander Hawkins further cements his place in the top tier of modern, forward-thinking artists. The Oxford, UK native has worked as a leader in nonet, ensemble, quartet, trio and solo formats and is a member of the Convergence Quartet featuring cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and bassist Dominic Lash. ...

Dominic Lash Quartet: Extremophile

Read "Extremophile" reviewed by John Eyles

Back in 2012, the Dominic Lash Quartet combined bassist Lash and three players with whom he had at least five years playing experience, keyboardist Alexander Hawkins plus Spain's Ricardo Tejero on reeds and Javier Carmona on percussion. By the time the four recorded an album, Opabinia (Babel), in January 2013, they had gelled nicely.

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Brilliant Corners 2017

Read "Brilliant Corners 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2017
Various Venues
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 7-11, 2017

In just five years, Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--has earned a reputation for adventurous programing. The 2017 edition went one further, with the inclusion of alt rock and electronic music stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a jazz festival ...

Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Canadian native and Brooklyn resident Harris Eisenstadt has built a solid reputation as a composer, matching accolades for his eclectic expertise as a drummer. His passion as a student of the art has taken him to West Africa, where he has studied the music of the Wolof people and Cuba, where he has delved deeply into ...

Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket

Read "Owl Jacket" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il sodalizio del Convergence Quartet, benchè saltuario, rimane vitale e convincente, come dimostra questo Owl Jacket, che offre un repertorio vario e ben strutturato, arrivando a toccare le corde di un lirismo accorato, come ad esempio nell'iniziale “Dogbe Na Wo Lo," vicina a certe cose del Don Cherry “folklorico."

Una melodia curiosamente affine ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket

Read "Owl Jacket" reviewed by John Sharpe

Owl Jacket forms the fourth release over a nine year period from the Convergence Quartet. At the outset, few would have predicted that it would become a going concern, uniting as it did two unknown young English improvisers in pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash and two of the brighter emerging talents on the New ...