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Helena Kay's KIM Trio: Moon Palace

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Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, Helena Kay is joined on her debut album by Ferg Ireland on bass and David Ingamells on drums. Kay studied for a BMus Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2016 with First Class Honours. She was also awarded the Anjool Malde ...

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Jessica Radcliffe: Remembrance

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It seems propitiously timely to be releasing an album commemorating the centenary of the end of the first world war in November 2018 but vocalist and composer Jessica Radcliffe actually began her Remembrance project back in 2014, developing it as a component of her final year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music And Dance where she ...

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Flying Machines: New Life

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It takes barely a couple of plays but then the main hook line of Alex Munk's stonking title track grabs you and won't let go. This is very much in the vein of mid-period Frank Zappa with Munk's guitar wired to the extreme end of the jazz/metal spectrum. But it's not all sound and fury, as ...

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Camilla George: The People Could Fly

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Camilla George's follow-up to her debut album Isang (Ubuntu, 2016) is, if anything, even better than her first. The record's title derives from a picture book of folktales by Virginia Hamilton portraying the plight of African slaves and how they could escape their oppression by flying back to their homeland. The titles of seven of the ...

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New York All-Stars featuring Eric Alexander And Harold Mabern: Burnin' In London

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Who would have thought that in this day and age a contemporary hard-bop / post-bop live CD could sound so good? Recorded live at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club on 20th and 21st November 2017 this little gem qualifies as a winner for the sheer visceral excitement conjured-up by its four participants. Senior partner in the ...

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Chet Baker: Live In London Volume II

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Somewhat incredibly, these sessions from 1983 were recorded on a domestic audio cassette recorder. The John Horler Trio was employed to back Chet Baker on his six consecutive nights at The Canteen in London, a short-lived jazz venue in the heart of the City. Jim Richardson, bassist on these dates, gained Baker's permission to record these ...

Nick Costley-White: Detour Ahead

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Nick Costley-White has appeared on a couple of significant albums recently; Henry Spencer's The Reasons Don't Change (Whirlwind, 2017) and Snowpoet's Thought You Knew (Edition, 2018). Graduating from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 with first class honours and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship prize for Outstanding Musicians, Detour Ahead is his long-anticipated debut ...

Pete Lee: The Velvet Rage

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The title of pianist and composer Pete Lee's debut album derives from Alan Downs's book The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World. Perhaps by way of explanation, Lee has added a short word on the inside cover of the CD digipak; “I mean for this album to be ...

Mark Kavuma: Kavuma

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Mark Kavuma may not be well-known yet but, still in his early twenties, he's making waves on the British jazz scene. An alumnus of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, he's already played two gigs as a guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, at London's Barbican Centre, on February 20, ...

Alina Bzhezhinska: Inspiration

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There have been precious few harpists in jazz. Dorothy Ashby was one, David Snell who made a memorable contribution to John Dankworth's What The Dickens! (Fontana Records, 1963) was another. But surely the most famous of them all was Alice Coltrane. So it is that Alina Bzhezhinska has dedicated this album to her heroine. It's a ...