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Polar Bear: Same As You

Read "Same As You" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear's seventh album, Same As You appears barely 12 months after album number six, In Each And Every One (Leaf Label, 2014). It's far from being a “more of the same" follow-up though--this is a softer, more-at-peace Polar Bear sound than its predecessor, a mellower vibe.

There are just six tracks on the ...

Ant Law: Zero Sum World

Read "Ant Law: Zero Sum World" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The idea of the “Zero Sum Game" originates in economic game theory--in essence a situation in which gains or losses made by one participant when combined with those of all other participants sum to nil. So the cake is finite and if one person takes more, less is available to others. Guitarist and composer Ant Law ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2 -November 15, 2014

Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Blue-Eyed Hawk: Under The Moon

Read "Under The Moon" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Blue-Eyed Hawk is an exciting new band from the UK, debuting its original songs on Under The Moon. The album title is taken from the poem by W B Yeats: the band's name also comes from that poem. Such choices suggest a literate quartet, a suggestion supported by the intelligent, thoughtful, lyrics and music to be ...

Polar Bear: In Each And Every One

Read "In Each And Every One" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polar Bear is back. Not just with a bang, but with a whole array of other sounds, including the occasional whimper. In Each And Every One brings together 11 tunes from the pen of drummer Sebastian Rochford--from the gently bucolic to the downright macabre. There's also an early front runner for the Best Song Title Of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Melt Yourself Down: Melt Yourself Down

Read "Melt Yourself Down" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Shouty, funky, groovy, heavy, punky, jazzy--the UK-based Melt Yourself Down is all of these things and more. Debut album Melt Yourself Down demonstrates all of these qualities, with a collection of songs that demands, and deserves, attention, respect, love and dancing in equal measure.

Melt Yourself Down includes some of the UK's finest, most ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

WorldService Project: Articulate Arsonists

Read "WorldService Project: Articulate Arsonists" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a very different time to be a musician than it was even 20 years ago, when major record labels still existed, providing tour support and money to make recordings. It's also a very different time because, with the upsurge of DIY recordings, there's more music being released every month than ever before. Add to that ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

The JazzLife UK Gilded Butterfly Awards 2011

Read "The JazzLife UK Gilded Butterfly Awards 2011" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As Noddy Holder and the mighty Slade remind us every year, “It's CHRISTMAAAAAAS." With the Yuletide festivities comes the annual avalanche of End Of Year lists, Best Of awards and Grammy nominations. This year, JazzLife UK adds its own awards to the list: the inaugural JazzLife UK Gilded Butterfly Awards (or GBs). In line with the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leafcutter John: The Forest And The Sea

Read "The Forest And The Sea" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono canzoni che perdono l'orientamento dentro delicate nuvole elettroniche quelle del londinese John Burton, conosciuto come Leafcutter John, narrazioni fragili in cui si intromettono bisbigli, rumori ambientali, piccole deviazioni che piegano gli arpeggi della chitarra e la malinconia della voce. Musicista che già con i precedenti dischi - in particolare The Housebound Spirit del 2003, tra l'altro vincitore di una ...