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Rigas Ritmi 2017

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Rigas Ritmi Festival
Riga, Latvia
27 June-July 1 July 2017

Rigas Ritmi, held in Riga, the Latvian capital, for the past 17 years, always provides an intriguing mix of well- known and up and coming acts. The 2017 festival proved to be no exception to this rule, with pianist and MONK'estra leader ...

Josienne Clarke / Kit Downes: Such A Sky

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Sometimes life's great pleasures creep up almost unnoticed. One day they're not there, next day it seems like they've been around forever. Such A Sky is one such pleasure. A five-track EP, it's the debut release from BBC Folk Award winning singer Josienne Clarke and Mercury Prize nominated keyboardist Kit Downes.

Clarke announced the ...

Binker & Moses: Journey To The Mountain Of Forever

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A double album with a title--Journey To The Mountain Of Forever--straight from the annals of Prog Rock (maybe with a short diversion via the Coltranes' spiritual jazz). A cover design that's a close relation to Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy--a link made more explicit by an inner sleeve illustration that features a character in a ...

Marie Kruttli Trio: Running After The Sun

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Swiss pianist Marie Kruttli returns on third album Running After The Sun to the trio format of her debut, Kartapousse (Konnex Records, 2015). This latest album, recorded in Berlin, highlights the strengths of Kruttli as a composer and the trio as musicians, with an impressive collection of original tunes.

Hot on the heels of ...

Susanna Bartilla: The Look Of Love: Songs Of The Sixties

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Sub-titled Songs Of The Sixties, vocalist Susanna Bartilla's The Look Of Love presents her interpretations of ten numbers from that decade--from standards such as “Till There Was You" to pop hits like “There's A Kind Of Hush." It's a classic collection, distinguished by some fine interpretations and some surprising song choices.

The Look Of ...

Fini Bearman: Burn The Boat

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Vocalist Fini Bearman made an impressive debut as a leader with Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011), a set of her original songs. In 2014 she effectively re-imagined classics on her second album, Porgy And Bess. Burn The Boat returns to the structure of her debut release, presenting another nine of Bearman's original compositions, with the ...

Meg Morley: Through The Hours

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Pianist Meg Morley's debut solo release, Through The Hours features five original compositions that highlight the London-based musician's talent for what fellow pianist and composer Kit Downes refers to as her “Subtle voicings and elegant turns of phrase."

Morley is originally from Australia, where she studied classical music and jazz, but has been resident in ...

Brian Molley Quartet: Colour And Movement

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Twelve tunes in twelve keys and twelve time signatures form the body of work that makes up Colour And Movement, from Scotland's Brian Molley Quartet. Lest the previous sentence makes the album sound too much like a somewhat esoteric musical exercise, it's important to add that Colour And Movement is richly textured, high on melody and ...

Brass Mask: Live

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London's LOOP Collective has many talented members, including saxophonist and composer Tom Challenger and his band, Brass Mask. The nine-piece band--the octet which appeared on debut album Spy Boy (Babel Label, 2013) plus percussionist Jon Scott--mixes New Orleans, country blues, brass bands and contemporary jazz (including the influence of Henry Threadgill) and electronica. Many of these ...

Wanderlust: Wanderlust

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Wanderlust the band is led by pianist and songwriter Mike Adcock, based in Cheltenham in the west of England. Wanderlust the album features eight of Adcock's compositions (alongside the Norwegian folk tune “Nøkkendans") that draw on a wide range of musical styles, with a shared sense of joy and positivity.

The relaxed shuffle that ...


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