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Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

The third Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival took place over six separate days in October, but the undoubted centerpiece was the day long series of concerts held in St. Luke's Church on Saturday 13 October in front of a healthy-sized audience. Adventurous programming embraced a range of styles which taken together gave a well-rounded definition of what ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Veryan Weston: Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs

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This new solo album from keyboardist Veryan Weston was recorded in May 2014 on tracker action organs in seven churches located around England. The recordings here document some of the preparatory research that Weston did ahead of a tour of churches with tracker action organs. That tour involved Weston plus violinist Jon Rose and cellist Hannah ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Veryan Weston / Jon Rose / Hannah Marshall: Tuning Out

Read "Tuning Out" reviewed by John Eyles

There is a very interesting project awaiting some lucky (and patient) individual, researching the role that churches played in the spread of improvised music in Britain. To clear up any ambiguity, that “churches" refers to the buildings themselves rather than their human members. Any devotee of improvised music in Britain will probably have spent far more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Ward Trios & Sextet: Projected / Entities / Removal

Read "Projected / Entities / Removal" reviewed by John Eyles

This release follows so hard on the heels of Glass Shelves and Floor (Copepod, 2015) by Alex Ward Quintet that it is tempting to see the two as a matched pair. Released on Ward's own Copepod label, the two have consecutive serial numbers and very similar sleeve designs and graphics. Each of the albums is titled ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Ward Quintet: Glass Shelves and Floor

Read "Glass Shelves and Floor" reviewed by John Eyles

From the personnel of his new quintet, it is obvious that clarinetist Alex Ward keeps his finger on the pulse of the London music scene. In selecting players to join him, he has hit upon four highly-rated musicians who have been impressing audiences in the capital for some years. The quintet's cellist Hannah Marshall is a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierette Ensemble: Akrostik

Read "Akrostik" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Strings, reeds, piano and percussion are the flesh and bones of this Danish-English sextet, co-led by saxophonist/flautist Julie Kjer and pianist Signe Bisgaard. The instrumentation, however, is secondary to the intent, for had the sextet assembled with objet trouvé instead, the results would likely have been equally arresting. The Pierette Ensemble's debut recording may stem from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fete Quaqua: London, UK, August 19-21, 2012

Read "Fete Quaqua: London, UK, August 19-21, 2012" reviewed by John Eyles

Fete Quaqua
The Vortex
London
August 19-21, 2012

Fete Quaqua is the annual three-day festival of improvised music organized by guitarist John Russell as an offshoot of his monthly Mopomoso evenings at The Vortex. “Quaqua" is a Latin word which translates as “wherever," and encapsulates Russell's declared intention that the festival should “provide a fertile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: All There, Ever Out

Read "All There, Ever Out" reviewed by John Sharpe

It has been the Holy Grail of jazz since its inception: to carve out the perfect balance between the written and the spontaneously invented. While All There, Ever Out may not be the definitive statement, English pianist Alexander Hawkins has taken a bold stab at a new version of the equation, combining composition and improvisation in ...

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Veryan Weston / Ingrid Laubrock / Hannah Marshall: Haste

Read "Haste" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Veryan Weston is one of the most creative musicians in recent times--or, perhaps, ancient times would be closer to the truth, for what is new emanates from the old and what is old gives birth to the new. Weston presides over this conundrum like a medieval apothecary concocting brilliant and powerful and magical potions that take ...