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Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista

Read "Vista" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Julian Siegel is an in-demand and award-winning British saxophonist who teaches saxophone in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music. This is his Quartet's follow-up to their London Jazz award-winning album Urban Theme Park (Basho Records). Although Siegel is no stranger to Whirlwind Recordings in his role as a member of Partisans who released ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek

Read "Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek" reviewed by Martin Longley

Partisans
Wolverhampton Arena Theatre
November 14, 2015

Partisans have now been playing together for two decades, in a completely unchanging four-piece configuration. Bonds have been formed, lines have intertwined, rapport greases repertoire negotiation, and comfort encourages greater risk-taking. The band made several comments about savouring the Arena Theatre's vibrations, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning.

Read "Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra
LSO St. Lukes
London
October 17, 2015

The gap between the music that Colin Towns makes and much that currently passes for jazz grew even wider last weekend. Performing compositions from his new double CD Drama with his stellar Mask Orchestra, the composer-bandleader revealed the music's potential ...

Phil Robson: The Cut Off Point

Read "The Cut Off Point" reviewed by Roger Farbey

With four albums already to his name and another four by the band Partisans which he co-leads with saxophonist Julian Siegel, British guitar phenomenon Phil Robson hardly needs any introduction, save that his new musical departure is realised by an organ trio offering a smörgåsbord of exciting and imaginative compositions.

“Thief" hits the ground ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014

Read "Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The sheer volume of great records that I have managed to hear, and the knowledge that there are many more that I haven't, means that I make no pretence of presenting a list of the definitive albums of the year. Instead, this is a snapshot list of the ten records that I have enjoyed the most ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)

Read "Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Jazz musicians love the tribute album, perhaps more than the listeners who receive them. That opportunity to suggest affiliation, tapping into an already established audience can be tempting and a useful much needed marketing tool as industry-wide sales collapse. But really there is no reason why a tribute can't work -do it with love, for the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
October 30--November 2, 2014

On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Simon Purcell: Red Circle

Read "Simon Purcell: Red Circle" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The title of this debut CD by UK Pianist Simon Purcell, Red Circle, is rich in metaphor and layered meanings. Does it for example refer to the belief amongst practitioners of ritual magic that a marked out circle can contain energy in a sacred space or sometimes offer a form of magical protection--surely a metaphor for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

The Limerick Jazz Festival returns for another eagerly anticipated edition between September 25th and 28th. For its third edition the LJF has upped the stakes by bringing in some big names, not the least of which are Belfast’s legendary Van Morrison, American saxophonist David Sanborn and English saxophonist Julian Siegel. The festival opens at 8pm on Thursday ...

Partisans: Partisans - Swamp

Read "Partisans - Swamp" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Partisans, seen by many as the godfathers of the flourishing UK prog jazz scene, plough their own idiosyncratic path on this their fifth album, and first to appear on London label of the moment Whirlwind. The title conjures up fears of a blues rock abomination but thankfully the gentlemen have refrained from donning bandanas or placing ...