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Sloth Racket: Dismantle Yourself

Read "Dismantle Yourself" reviewed by John Sharpe

Dismantle Yourself is the fifth release by British baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts' outfit Sloth Racket since its inception in 2015. From the hand-printed sleeves and accompanying zine to the shapeshifting compositions, a home-crafted feel pervades the album, which extends to the punkish bristle exuded even in the quieter moments. Roberts has developed a template for small ...

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Beats and Pieces Big Band: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Ian Patterson

You'd be hard pressed to find a similarly sized big-band with the energy and spark exhibited by Manchester outfit Beats and Pieces Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble began life in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008, when Ben Cottrell gathered thirteen of his fellow musicians to give life to his compositions. Ten years on, ...

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Anton Hunter: Article XI

Read "Article XI" reviewed by Ian Patterson

If Frank Zappa had been co-musical director of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra then the results might have sounded something like Article XI. Think Carla Bley's charts, Haden's missionary passion and Zappa's sudden shifts in direction and you may begin to get an idea of the terrain Anton Hunter's eleven-piece band explore on this live performance--the ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 28-30, 2017 There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...

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Beats & Pieces Big Band: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

While almost every sensible thought screams “Don't Do It!" for good economic and logistical reasons, there are still plenty of jazz musicians for whom the big band is an ideal--and an attainable one at that. Manchester's Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fine example--the name may or may not be a nod to Manchester's '60s ...


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