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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 ...

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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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Dominic Lash: Opabinia

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As British bassist Dominic Lash explains in the liners to his Quartet's debut Opabinia, both the album and several of the tracks on it are named after extinct creatures excavated as fossils from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. That inspiration arises from both the fabulous nature of the animals and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's musings ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dominic Lash and Ricardo Tejero together

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Among a host of other activities too numerous to catalogue, bassist Dominic Lash and saxophonist / clarinetist Ricardo Tejero are both long-standing stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra, so it was almost inevitable that they would gravitate towards each other in a smaller grouping at some point, as had happened with other LIO regulars. But, as ...

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Vole: The Hillside Mechanisms

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Three stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra come together on the debut outing of the genre-mashing Vole. When playing credits number saxophone iconoclasts Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker and Ingrid Laubrock, bassist Simon Fell and pianist Alexander Hawkins, then energy and imagination can be almost guaranteed. What's fascinating is how they align improv with noise, heavy metal ...

ARTICLE: SCUMBLES

Jazz in a Changing World

Read "Jazz in a Changing World" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Jazz has influenced many other genres of music and, likewise, many other genres have influenced jazz from its very beginning. What is really exciting about the scene at the moment is just how much enrichment it is getting from the rest of the world. It works both ways, of course; jazz musicians from countries which have, ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

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During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...

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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 ...