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Emanative: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Every so often an album comes along that is so sweeping in its cultural scope, and so far beyond the norms of critical discourse, that it almost beggars description. Such a disc is Earth, the fourth physical-release album from drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey's Emanative and the follow-up to the band's outstanding The Light Years Of ...

Nat Birchall: Cosmic Language

Read "Cosmic Language" reviewed by Chris May

Spiritual jazz resonates most deeply during times of social stress and turmoil. It was, after all, created by African American musicians who were engaged with the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Later given the alternative description Afrofuturist jazz, the music had one foot planted in science fiction-inspired magical realism and the other in black consciousness-inspired ...

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Nat Birchall: Invocations

Read "Nat Birchall: Invocations" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There is a feeling of a new beginning on this collection from Nat Birchall. Superficially the album is released on Henley-on-Thames' Jazzman records rather than Birchall's own Sound Soul and Spirit records, on which he released the wonderful World Without Form and classic Live in Larissa. More tangibly only Adam Fairhall on piano remains from those ...

The Greg Foat Group: The Dancers at the End of Time

Read "The Dancers at the End of Time" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the fourth album by pianist/organist/composer Greg Foat and has been released both on CD and LP (this review concerns the latter format) and is unquestionably his most accomplished and satisfying to date.

The stately strains of a church organ (a real one, since this album was recorded in a church), herald the ...

The Greg Foat Group: The Greg Foat Group Live at The Playboy Club, London

Read "The Greg Foat Group Live at The Playboy Club, London" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Compare and contrast the cascade of notes from Greg Foat's electric piano with albums featuring keyboardists such as Dave MacRae or Keith Tippett. This set's opener, Erni Clark's obscure minor classic “By The Grace Of God, I Am" recalls a feeling, intentionally similar, to the heady days of the late 1960s and early 1970s which Foat ...

The Greg Foat Group: Girl with Robot and Flowers

Read "Girl with Robot and Flowers" reviewed by Roger Farbey



A lugubrious brass arrangement combined with keyboard and rock steady drums heralds the opening to “Girl with Robot and Flowers (Part I)," augmented by a plaintive harmonica. “Have Spacesuit Will Travel" has a filmic quality to it, and as the album title suggests--a spacey feel, with echoey piano redolent of a John Barry or ...