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Dorothy & George Jacob: Putting Bray On The Jazz Map

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Twenty years is old for a car and really old for a dog, but in jazz festival terms twenty years is perhaps not so long in the tooth. For a jazz festival twenty years means established, with the major storms of the early years weathered, a brand that people recognize and a heap of good will ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Izabella Effenberg: Crystal Silence

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Many musicians play a second instrument, though rarely do they venture to record an entire album with it. Such a commitment would likely require complete technical command of the secondary instrument, or failing that, courage in spades. Izabella Effenberg has both. For her third release on Unit Records, following her sextet debut Cuentame and the trio ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Voyage

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Though Norwegian tubist Daniel Herskedal first garnered widespread recognition with Neck of the Woods (Edition Records, 2012)—a sublime collection of folkloric-cum-hymnal meditations with Marius Neset--his unique talent had already won over the jurists at Getxo Jazz in 2004. Two solo albums on the NorCD label made minor ripples before Edition Records came along. Herskedal's next two ...

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Izumi Kimura, Barry Guy, Gerry Hemingway: Illuminated Silence

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Although Illuminated Silence is nominally billed as a trio of equals—and, musically speaking, it is just that—it was Japanese pianist Izumi Kimura's lead that brought long-standing musical collaborators Barry Guy and Gerry Hemingway together in Dublin for this live date at St. Ann's Church. Kimura is well known in Ireland—her home for over twenty years—as a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2019

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Brilliant Corners 2019
The Black Box/Sonic Lab
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 2-9, 2019

For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...

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Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

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Bill Frisell Trio
National Concert Hall
jny:Dublin, Ireland
February 21, 2019

It was a swift return to the National Concert Hall stage for Bill Frisell, following his guest appearance in May 2018 at the finale of fiddler Martin Hayes' residency. This time Frisell was leading his trio of Tony Scherr ...

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Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab

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Craig Taborn
Sonic Lab. Sonic Arts Research Centre
Brilliant Corners
Belfast, N. Ireland
February 16, 2019

The launch of the seventh edition of Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--saw Craig Taborn make his first appearance here in nearly a decade, and his first solo gig in this city of just under ...

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Documenting Jazz 2019

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Documenting Jazz
Conservatory of Music and Drama
TU Dublin
jny: Dublin, Ireland
January 17-19, 2019

Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The most obvious form ...

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Susanna Risberg: Bold As Love

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Listen to Susanna Risberg playing and it doesn't take long to realize that the twenty-eight-year-old Swedish guitarist is a bit special. Despite her relatively young years Risberg has been gigging for fifteen years already, turning more than a few heads along the way with a style that is unflashy yet exciting, technically impressive yet emotionally keen. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

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Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday/William Dufty
180 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1
Penguin Modern Classics
2018

For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all ...