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Billy Jenkins: Ghost Music

Read "Ghost Music" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Ghost Music is Billy Jenkins's download-only follow-up to Death, Ritual & Resonation: Eight Improvised Studies On Low Strung Guitar (VOTP, 2015). It takes a similar tack to its predecessor inasmuch as it is entirely improvised; however the guitar is missing, replaced by piano. Jenkins last used a piano on his vinyl-only album Piano Sketches 1973-84 (Wood ...

Billy Jenkins With The Voice of God Collective: Scratches Of Spain

Read "Scratches Of Spain" reviewed by Roger Farbey

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of its original release on vinyl (it was later released on CD) this download-only version is a welcome reissue from the canon of Billy Jenkins recordings. It's a shame that it's only available as a download since it certainly merits a physical reissue. But a digital presence is certainly better than ...

Quercus: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by John Kelman

It may have taken seven years for the innovative British trio featuring singer June Tabor, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren to find a label and release their first album together, but they sure landed on their feet. Not only was the trio's 2013 debut, Quercus, released on the renowned ECM imprint; it was also ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Billy Jenkins: True Love Collection

Read "True Love Collection" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A few facts to dispense with first. True Love Collection now reissued as a download-only release, coincided with this album, originally released in 1998, being voted number 36 in BBC Music Jazz's 50 greatest jazz albums, announced in mid-November 2016 to coincide with the start of the London Jazz Festival. It's also been re- mixed and ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty

Read "Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On 5 July 2016 guitarist, composer, vocalist and philosopher Billy Jenkins hits the Big Six-O. It only seems five minutes ago that Jenkins played at the Purcell Room during 2010's London Jazz Festival, accompanied by the BBC Big Band to a suitably enraptured audience. He's been gigging and recording less in the past five years. His ...

Indigo Kid II: Fist Full Of Notes

Read "Fist Full Of Notes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the risk of implying that the very selective UK-based Babel Label has gone “mainstream," they have--of late--issued a number of releases that certainly have a broader appeal. A homage to Bill Evans Postcard to Bill Evans (2015) and vocalist Emilia Mårtensson's fine Ana (2014), now share a catalog with cutting edge artists like pianist Alexander ...

Billy Jenkins: Death, Ritual & Resonation: Eight Improvised Studies On Low Strung Guitar

Read "Death, Ritual & Resonation: Eight Improvised Studies On Low Strung Guitar" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Having semi-retired from the music business in 2008 in favour of conducting Humanist (non-religious) funerals, Billy Jenkins returned to recording in 2014, releasing the highly acclaimed solo album Semi-Detached Suburban Home (Music For Low Strung Guitar). So its follow-up Death, Ritual & Resonation: Eight improvised studies on low strung guitar follows similar lines and compared to ...

Billy Jenkins: The Semi-Detached Suburban Home (Music For Low Strung Guitar)

Read "The Semi-Detached Suburban Home (Music For Low Strung Guitar)" reviewed by Roger Farbey

For the uninitiated, Billy Jenkins stands alone, a unique guitarist in a world full of axe murderers. His back catalogue contains some of the most compelling and often challenging music to be found within the context of jazz. He might be compared to Frank Zappa for both his humour and his eclectic style but Jenkins is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Delta Saxophone Quartet, Ballaké Sissoko, Larry Miller & Blackbeard's Tea Party

Read "Live From Old York: Delta Saxophone Quartet, Ballaké Sissoko, Larry Miller & Blackbeard's Tea Party" reviewed by Martin Longley

Delta Saxophone Quartet
The Chapel
November 22, 2013

The Delta Saxophone Quartet's best-known album is Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening (MoonJune, 2007) which tackled the music of Soft Machine, particularly concentrating on the the output of bassist/composer Hugh Hopper. Delta is a group which ostensibly exists within ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

Read "Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...