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Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler: Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler

Read "Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who died on 18 September 2014, aged 84, was one of the true greats of jazz but one who never quite attained the popular recognition that some of his contemporaries achieved. Nevertheless, to his peers and audiences around the world he was an international treasure. Born in Canada in 1930, Wheeler moved ...

Cloudmakers Five: Traveling Pulse

Read "Traveling Pulse" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Vibraphonist Jim Hart has extended the reach of his Cloudmakers Trio which released three albums: AJMiLIVE #7 (2015), Abstract Forces (2014) and Live At The Pizza Express (2013), all for Whirlwind Records. Now the trio is augmented by reedsman Antonin-Tri Hoang and guitarist Hannes Riepler. But the trio's rhythm section remains constant with Michael Janisch on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Henry Lowther: can't believe, won't believe

Read "can't believe, won't believe" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If any jazz ensemble can be said to define the word “prolific" it's not Henry Lowther's Still Waters. The band's debut album, ID, appeared in 1997. can't believe, won't believe is its second release, just 21 years later. Good things, as they say, come to those that wait.

Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Lowther has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Gold: Heaven On Their Minds

Read "Heaven On Their Minds" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Dave Gold may not have the big-name bandleader or arranger status of Buddy Rich or Nelson Riddle, but Heaven On Their Minds shows that his own talents, and those of his Big Band compatriots, are no less for this lack of recognition. In fact, Gold's successes were often under the radar--as a composer and arranger of ...

The Charlie Bates Big Band: Silhouettes

Read "Silhouettes" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Essex in 1994, British jazz pianist Charlie Bates was introduced to jazz in his teens and later studied for a BMus Jazz degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In June 2016, Bates won the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Composition prize with an arrangement of Cole Porter's “Everything I Love," adjudicated by Tim Garland.

This ...

Harry Beckett: Still Happy

Read "Still Happy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was known across the jazz world, respected as a major player on the UK scene for many years, winning the Melody Maker Trumpeter of the Year award in 1972 and recording or performing with a host of musicians including Louis Moholo, John Dankworth and John Surman. Like many jazz players he was in ...

Tim Garland: One

Read "One" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tim Garland is one of the U.K's most talented reedsmen. He's recorded several albums with Chick Corea including Originations and The Vigil plus orchestral works, The Mystery and The Continents. With virtuoso percussionist Bill Bruford, he recorded Earthworks Underground Orchestra. He's also recorded numerous albums under his own name and with Llamas and Acoustic Triangle. This ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope

Read "Michael Gibbs: Still Pushing The Envelope" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In a career spanning well over fifty years, veteran composer/arranger Michael Gibbs has chalked up a truly impressive range of credits, from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Jaco Pastorius, from Gary Burton to John Scofield and from Kenny Wheeler to Norma Winstone. The Zimbabwe-born maestro has worked with the very best jazz musicians on both sides of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kansas Smitty's House Band: Kansas Smitty's

Read "Kansas Smitty's" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Kansas Smitty's is the debut album from the eight-piece Kansas Smitty's House Band, a London-based octet with an open approach to the integration of many jazz styles. The result is a refreshingly original debut album filled with some of the catchiest and most engaging music around.

House bands have a long history, playing regular ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976
Vernon Joynson
2,080 Pages
ISBN: 1-899855-19-3
Borderline Productions
2014

The word “cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two volume set. ...