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Angles 9: Beyond Us

Read "Beyond Us" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's versatile Angles agglomeration has appeared in assorted sizes from a trio up to a nonet. But whatever the dimensions, it possesses the familiar virtues of driving riffs, explosive soloing, and elemental yet affecting melodies. Beyond Us, recorded live during Groningen's splendid Summer Jazz Cycling Tour is no different. It's the fourth release ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various venues
Bray, Ireland
May 3-5, 2019

The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Moers Festival Interviews: Anguish

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Anguish" reviewed by Martin Longley

Anguish are born to be in Moers. This supergroup of the underbelly bleeds together from varying times, diverse sonic areas and different lands. Alternative New Jersey hip- hop roams into the realms of vintage Krautrock, causing distress during an inbreeding feast with the masters of free-Viking jazz. Two pairs of players apiece from Dälek and Fire! ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

Read "Arrival" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The ancient Zen art of decluttering has found modern favour as a mindful practice. Letting go of things is, perhaps, a way of breaking with the past. In the years since its inception, the Nordic big band Fire! Orchestra has jettisoned about half its original cast. Now down to a mere fourteen members, the outfit has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Fire! alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

Read "Fire! alla Sala Vanni di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Fire!
Firenze
Sala Vanni
Musicus Concentus & Metastasio Jazz
16.2.2018

Pubblico che non si vedeva da anni in Sala Vanni, per il secondo virtuoso “incrocio" tra Musicus Concentus e Metastasio Jazz 2018: di scena uno dei gruppi di punta della scena internazionale, il trio Fire! degli svedesi Mats Gustafsson, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun

Read "Disappeared Behind the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe

On the sixth release from reedman Martin Küchen's mid-sized Angles ensemble, all the winning traits so evident on previous outings are still present and correct: heart wrenching melodies, huge foot-tapping riffs, sweeping chorales and adventurous raw soloing, not least by the leader himself. Many of the same top notch players remain on board, notably trombonist Mats ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fire!: She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Read "She Sleeps, She Sleeps" reviewed by John Eyles

She Sleeps, She Sleeps is the fifth album release from Fire! (yes, that exclamation mark is an integral part of the name), the Swedish supergroup trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin. It sees the three return to duty as a trio following the distraction of recording and touring with the ...