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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Barry Guy: Back to the Drawing-Board (Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

One of the things which may strike the listener on hearing the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra for the first time is just how much volume Guy is able to draw from just seventeen to twenty players. Some other big bands sound almost insipid in comparison. There ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alister Spence: Live

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Alister Spence Trio: Live is, apparently, this Australian group's sixth recording. Sadly, the others have passed me by and pianist Alister Spence only recently crossed my CD deck in the company of Scottish saxophonist / improviser Raymond MacDonald. To be honest, much contemporary piano trio jazz--EST, Brad Mehldau, The Necks--bores me. Perhaps unfairly so but to ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

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By way of introduction...

Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

London Jazz Festival 2015

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London Jazz Festival
London, UK
November 13-22, 2015

Like many city-fests, the London Jazz Festival criss-crosses the town, spanning the River Thames that splits it in two. Two Southbank Centre venues--the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room--are being refurbished this year, making Kings' Place an even more significant festival stage ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

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"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys.

The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Artificial Life

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The importance of ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra cannot be underestimated. Their work since their formation defines a distinctive approach to large-scale, free improvisation rooted in a well-defined philosophy of collective music-making. As George Lewis, trombonist and 'composer' of Artificial Life, remarks in the record's sleevenotes:

“As with all improvisation, including our ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alister Spence and Myra Melford: Everything Here Is Possible

Read "Everything Here Is Possible" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This exceptional piano duo featuring American Myra Melford and Sydney-based Australian Alister Spence, known for his local trio and an acclaimed duo with Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald ; (Stepping Behind The Shadows, Rufus, 2012), was recorded during late 2012 while Melford toured Australia with her Trio M. The pianist/composers got to know each other through a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raymond MacDonald - Günter "Baby" Sommer: Delphinius & Lyra

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Bello, ma certo non innovativo o d’importanza ineludibile, questo CD, inciso dal vivo a Glasgow nel settembre 2005, che rientra nell'ambito della libera improvvisazione a due voci (tanto è vero che tutti i brani sono a firma congiunta). Bello per l'onesta, collaborativa impostazione del dialogo, per la fluida schiettezza comunicativa, per la varietà degli accenti e la naturalezza con cui ...


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