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Genre defying UK ensemble Led Bib to release 'It's Morning' on RareNoise Records - due out September 27, 2019

Genre defying UK ensemble Led Bib to release 'It's Morning' on RareNoise Records - due out September 27, 2019

From the Homeric invocation of ethereal opener “Atom Story,” it becomes stunningly clear that It's Morning, the latest album from the uncategorizable UK ensemble Led Bib, is meant to take the listener on a journey. The wide-ranging and evocative set is also a testament to the distance the band has travelled on its own evolutionary path. ...

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Liran Donin's 1000 Boats: 8 Songs

Read "8 Songs" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The virtuosic bass solo that opens “I Can See Tarifa" is the prelude to a dynamic ensemble vamp, unleashing torrents of unbridled saxophone . “The Story Of Annette And Maurice" is more reflective and utilises the twin horns in close harmony and Donin's pizzicato bass duetting with Maria Chiara Argirò's piano. The piece gradually picks-up momentum ...

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Worldservice Project: Serve

Read "Serve" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

È un quintetto ma ha il tiro di una big band (quanto meno di una middle band, ottetto e dintorni); rivela un attento ascolto della musica di Frank Zappa, che ne risulta mani e piedi il referente più esplicito; non sfoggia particolari doti di originalità, stante quanto appena affermato, ma riesce ciò nonostante a colpire nel ...

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Led Bib: The People in Your Neighbourhood

Read "The People in Your Neighbourhood" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

I Led Bib si confermano con questo album, il settimo della loro carriera iniziata nel 2003, compreso il live The Good Egg uscito sempre nel 2014 solo su vinile, come una delle formazioni più vispe della giovane e sempre più agitata scena jazz britannica insieme a gruppi come i Polar Bear, i Get The Blessing e ...

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Led Bib: The People In Your Neighbourhood

Read "The People In Your Neighbourhood" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The People In Your Neighbourhood comes from Led Bib, “rock-jazzers" with a neat line in catchy grooves and prog-rock-meets-free-jazz. The London-based outfit, led by New Jersey ex-pat drummer Mark Holub, has been around for over a decade, gaining a Mercury Prize nomination for Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform Records, 2009). After a quiet couple of years since the ...

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Arun Ghosh: A South Asian Suite

Read "A South Asian Suite" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

One second? No. Five seconds? Getting there. Ten? Almost. Fourteen seconds. That's how long it takes. Fourteen seconds into “The Gypsies Of Rajasthan," and the first of A South Asian Suite's irresistibly danceable grooves jumps out of the speakers. The idea that jazz is a music for dancing may sometimes seem a rather alien notion these ...

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Pixel: Reminder

Read "Reminder" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When a band is described as a “powerhouse indie-jazz ensemble" it's a surprise when the first tune on its debut release is a gentle and rather moving solo performance by the band's vocalist and double bassist. “Prelude," the tune in question, demonstrates the more reflective side of Pixel, a Norwegian quartet whose approach certainly includes powerhouse ...

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Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey

Read "Primal Odyssey" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Clarinetist Arun Ghosh's debut, Northern Namaste (Camoci Records, 2008), signaled the arrival of a significant musician/composer on the UK jazz scene. Blending Indian and western instruments, Ghosh drew 12 musicians from Indian folk and jazz traditions to create something utterly fresh sounding; lyrical and highly melodic, celebratory and swinging, Ghosh's obvious virtuosity on clarinet was a ...

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Arun Ghosh: Primal Odyssey

Read "Primal Odyssey" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Primal Odyssey, the second album from British/Asian clarinetist and composer Arun Ghosh, is yet more evidence that the Northwest of England is a creative center for some of the most stylish contemporary jazz. Admittedly, Ghosh is now based in London, but the towns of his formative years must take some of the credit for nurturing and ...