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Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In

Read "Stepping Back, Jumping In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

English trumpeter Laura Jurd is a phenomenally creative composer and improviser who is unafraid to explore new musical ideas and defy genre boundaries. The 2019 addition to her intriguing discography, the multilayered Stepping Back, Jumping In is unique in its originality yet bearing Jurd's signature approach to stylistic fusion. Three performance spaces in the UK commissioned ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dinosaur Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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These four twenty-somethings have each established their own name in British jazz. The most prominent name in Dinosaur is trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, who has previously been voted BBC New Generation Artist. The accessible synth pop of the 1980s is an important influence on the recent album Wonder Trail (Edition Records), on which she also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

Read "Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb" reviewed by Martin Longley

Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was ...

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Brilliant Corners 2018

Read "Brilliant Corners 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2018 Black Box jny: Belfast, N. Ireland March 3-10, 2018 Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Laura Jurd: Big Footprints

Read "Laura Jurd: Big Footprints" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Every few years a band appears that injects a welcome shot of adrenaline into the jazz mainstream, exciting media, promoters and fans alike--the Neil Cowley Trio, Phronesis, GoGo Penguin and Snarky Puppy all spring to mind. Dinosaur, an English quartet led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, is being widely tipped to create such waves on the strength ...

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Dinosaur: Together, As One

Read "Together, As One" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The debut album of the newly baptized Dinosaur--but the second album of the group formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, following Landing Ground (Chaos Collective, 2012)--sees composer Jurd inspired by Miles Davis's late 1960s/early 1970s electric period. Though Jurd's trumpet, Elliot Galvin's Fender Rhodes/Hammond soundscapes and the persistent grooves plied by Conor Chaplin and Corrie ...

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Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures

Read "Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Creativity is an unpredictable beast, yesterday's inspiration can soon turn stale, evaporating with the morning dew if not carefully cultivated and attended to. That idea that was once so exciting can easily become a well-worn rut, or even a trap, into which the unwary can fall. Bassist Jasper Hoiby, a third of Phronesis, appears to recognise ...

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Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures

Read "Fellow Creatures" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Taking a break from his highly (and justifiably) praised trio Phronesis, virtuoso bassist Jasper Høiby described the rationale for Fellow Creatures thus: “it's been a dream of mine for a while to start a larger ensemble and to have the option of writing for two melody instruments as well as the trio." Høiby also ...

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Brilliant Corners 2016

Read "Brilliant Corners 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2016 Various venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 5-12, 2016 Another Brilliant Corners, a few more brilliant corners. Belfast's fledgling international jazz festival may only be in its fourth year but already it feels like an established part of the city's vibrant cultural landscape, a date in the ...

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12 Points 2015

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12 Points 2015 Project Arts Centrejny: Dublin, IrelandApril 15-18, 2015 In an international calendar absolutely bulging with jazz festivals, 12 Points--conceived in Dublin by Improvised Music Company in 2007--stands out as one of the more original. It's not just the diversity and quality of the music that sets Twelve Points apart, ...


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