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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018

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Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet
Sonic Lab
Sonorities Festival Belfast
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
April 21, 2018

Sonorities Festival Belfast is one of Ireland's longest-running contemporary music festivals. This year saw the biannual SFB hit the thirty-year mark and to celebrate the milestone festival directors Miguel Ortiz and Simon Waters assembled ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Empirical: Out 'N' In

Read "Out 'N' In" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the great things about tributes is that they allow one to revisit and appreciate the influence of artists that deserve more exposure. This is definitely the case with the British group Empirical's tribute to reed player and composer, Eric Dolphy. Out 'n' In was released in 2009 and is still a text book example ...

Empirical: Connection

Read "Connection" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is a young and intensely hip quartet who received a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) award in 2010 for Best Jazz Act in the UK, yet Connection is the musicians inaugural effort for USA-based Cuneiform Records. Similarities to the output of fellow countrymen, saxophonist Django Bates and Led Bib may be in order, primarily due ...

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

Read "Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, ...

Theo Jackson: Jericho

Read "Jericho" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, pianist and songwriter Theo Jackson lives in Oxford, of university fame, and his debut album Jericho is named after an area of the city rather than the ancient town that suffered so much from an excessively loud horn section. There's no need to fear excessively loud horns here: Jackson and his quartet build drama with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fini Bearman: Step Up

Read "Step Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Step Up is the debut from British vocalist/songwriter Fini Bearman. Bearman has studied with Judy Niemack, and lists Gretchen Parlato as an influence--two singers with the ability to inhabit the lyrics of a song, giving the impression that even well-worn songbook standards were written about their lives. Bearman shares that quality and also has Cassandra Wilson's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Empirical: Elements Of Truth

Read "Empirical: Elements Of Truth" reviewed by Chris May

Empirical

Elements Of Truth

Naim Jazz

2011

Empirical's second album, Out 'n' In (Naim, 2009), is a hard act to follow. The salute to reed player Eric Dolphy deservedly won the band Best Jazz Act in the 2010 MOBO Awards. Elements Of Truth rises confidently, if not wholly successfully, to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jay Phelps Big Band: Snape, UK, August 17, 2011

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Jay Phelps Big Band
Snape Maltings
Snape, UK
August 17, 2011

Trumpeter Jay Phelps, a native of Vancouver who moved to the UK in his teens, first came to the attention of the British jazz scene as a member of Tomorrow's Warriors. In his early 20s he co-founded Empirical, playing on that band's debut ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

Autumn Falls

Read "Autumn Falls" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's autumn (Fall, if pushed). British jazz gets sensible again, and moves back indoors. As keen readers will be aware, JazzLife UK is essentially an indoor photography project--outdoors is the space that must be crossed to get from one indoors to another--and the thought of another nine months of gigs without the need to pack sunscreen ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jay Phelps: Jay Walkin'

Read "Jay Walkin'" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Canadian-born trumpeter Jay Phelps moved to the UK at the age of 17. Since his arrival Phelps has gathered much valuable experience with acts such as Dennis Rollins (who guests on Jay Walkin''s “10 Years"), Tomorrow's Warriors and the award-winning Empirical, before embarking on this debut recording as leader at the age of 28. It's paid ...