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Linley Hamilton: Making Other Arrangements

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Making Other Arrangements has been a long time coming--over 25 years, since trumpeter and broadcaster Linley Hamilton first heard Freddie Hubbard's Ride Like The Wind and decided that one day he, too, would make an album with a large ensemble. It's been worth the wait. Hamilton's third album as leader is lush, romantic and beautifully performed. ...

Wild Card: Life Stories

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Wild Card is, at its heart, an organ trio--guitarist and composer Clément Régert, organist Andrew Noble and drummer Sophie Alloway-- joined on Life Stories by a series of guests including trumpeter Graeme Flowers who was also an ever-present guest on the band's previous album, Organic Riot (Top End Records, 2015). Life Stories boasts a similar mix ...

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

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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 ...

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Andrew Linham: Weapons Of Mass Distraction

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Composer, saxophonist and bandleader Andrew Linham debuts his 17-piece Jazz Orchestra on Weapons Of Mass Distraction. “Jazz Orchestra" can be a warning sign of po-faced and serious “art" up ahead, but no such worries here. This is a Big Band in the best, big sound, big fun, sense of the phrase, performing 11 of Linham's compositions ...

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Peter Horsfall: Nighthawks

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The title of Peter Horsfall's Nighthawks may call to mind the iconic Edward Hopper painting, or maybe Tom Waits' Hopper-inspired Nighthawks At The Diner (Asylum, 1975). A few bars into “Nighthawks" it becomes obvious that Horsfall and Waits both take inspiration from the painting ("Nighthawks lead a lonely life...")--but Horsfall's melancholy vocal stands in sharp contrast ...

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Iñaki Sandoval: Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn

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Berklee educated Spanish pianist and composer Iñaki Sandoval moved to Estonia from Barcelona to take up a post as Director of PhD studies at the Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu. The move from the warm and sunny south of Europe to the no-less-beautiful but somewhat colder Baltic state seems to have kick started a period ...

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Brass Funkeys: Rabble Rouser

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The 8-piece Brass Funkeys might draw on the traditions of New Orleans marching bands, but the group, which formed in 2011, is based in London and takes much of its inspiration from contemporary musics. This combination of second line, R&B, hip-hop and the rest is enticing: Rabble Rouser is a fine collection of originals and covers ...

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Julian Costello: Transitions

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Saxophonist Julian Costello has been around the UK jazz scene for a while, but for some years he decided to give up the world of the gigging musician and take up a teaching career. In recent years he's been gigging again and he now leads his quartet on Transitions, a collection of his original compositions recorded ...

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João Barradas: Directions

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Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.

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Pauline Ganty: Après

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Après is Swiss singer/composer Pauline Ganty's follow-up to her debut release L'Envol (Unit Records, 2015). Containing 8 carefully-constructed tracks, Après is always fascinating and at times absolutely stunning.

Ganty is one-third of vocal harmony trio The Swinging Ladies, an Andrews Sisters style group devoted to renditions of swing standards. Après is about as far from ...