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Mammal Hands: Shadow Work

Read "Shadow Work" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Our best musicians can soak up influences from many diverse sources, assimilate them into their own style, and allow them to emerge during improvisation. This is why, as readers of this site will surely be aware, a piece can sound different in the hands of two skilled jazz musicians even when the raw material of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Green Man 2017

Read "Green Man 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Green Man
Glanusk Park
Brecon Beacons
Wales
August 17-20, 2017

Like the now deceased Big Chill festival, the Green Man weekender languishes in an ideal location, set within the rolling Brecon Beacons in south Wales, verdant and misty, its main Mountain Stage stretching across a natural ...

Mammal Hands: Floa

Read "Floa" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Mammal Hands debut album Animalia from autumn 2014 impressed with its emphasis on the overall collective effect over solo pyrotechnics, a choice that perfectly complemented the build and release of tension in the music. Of course in a trio set up the contributions of each member are always discernible and the twist of substituting Jordan Smart's ...

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2015

Read "Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2015" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Norfolk And Norwich Festival
Norwich, UK
May 8-24, 2015

With a program that includes dance, visual arts, site-specific theatre in city streets and ancient woodland and a few almost impossible to define events, a festival such as the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival still manages to find space for jazz. ...

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Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands

Read "Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Jazz Band
Solihull British Legion
March 8, 2015

Shockingly, this regular club at Solihull British Legion, so accustomed to traditional New Orleans trotters, had booked a band that specialises in jazz from a slightly later time period. Precedents already existed, though, and the regulars have ...

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Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014

Read "Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The sheer volume of great records that I have managed to hear, and the knowledge that there are many more that I haven't, means that I make no pretence of presenting a list of the definitive albums of the year. Instead, this is a snapshot list of the ten records that I have enjoyed the most ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mammal Hands: Animalia

Read "Animalia" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Tough economic times have seen a lot of musicians aggregate into trios of one sort or another of late. Sonically the more minimalist sound has the upside that it is more easily reproduced live and avoids the logistical and financial difficulties of maintaining a large ensemble. The trouble is that it becomes more and more difficult ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mammal Hands: Animalia

Read "Animalia" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

When is a trio with a piano not a piano trio? British outfit Mammal Hands offers one answer to that conundrum with debut album Animalia, released on Gondwana Records, the label run by discerning trumpeter and producer Matthew Halsall. Actually, given the varied nature of the tunes on display--co-written by the band members--it offers eight answers. ...