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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Harris tribute at the Lighthouse Arts Centre

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Zaum, Jan Kopinksi and friends
Lighthouse Arts Centre
Poole, Dorset
September 28, 2018

Steve Harris--educator, facilitator, composer and master drummer--was born on 16 August 1948 and died on 11 January 2008. For some years he lived in Dorset, contributing a great deal to the arts scene, especially in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Andy Hague Quintet at The Bronx Bar

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Andy Hague Quintet
Bronx Bar and Restaurant
Teignmouth, Devon
June 7, 2018

After two exotic imports (Sur Ecoute from France and Duski from Wales) Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Club went relatively local for their latest booking... Bristol-based trumpeter Andy Hague. Hague fronts other groups, including medium-sized Afro-Cuban/salsa bands and Silverado, a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duski at the Bronx Bar

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Duski
The Bronx Bar and Restaurant
Teignmouth, Devon
May 2, 2018

“Do you want happy or loud?" Aidan Thorne asked the audience calling for an encore. In the event the extra piece was both, as indeed were most of the numbers Duski played this night.

The band hails from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sur Ecoute at The Bronx Bar & 'Cue

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Sur Ecoute
The Bronx Bar & 'Cue
Teignmouth, Devon
February 17, 2018

Teignmouth, an archetypal English seaside resort on the south-east coast of Devon, has recently found itself in the spotlight thanks to The Mercy, James Marsh's film starring Colin Firth as disappeared lone-yachtsman Donald Crowhurst. However, it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra with Corina Bartra: Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen)

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Most of us are familiar with Afro-Cuban styles, which jazz has flirted with and sometimes wholly embraced since at least the 1940s. The Afro-Peruvian label is probably unknown to most, but Corina Bartra, the director of this project, has been working in this genre for decades, also encompassing various other Latin American traditions, including Brazilian. For ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

The passion and conviction of Osborne's playing was so intense that it almost always came across undiminished on recordings, whether they originated in a pub, club or concert-hall gig, or in a studio as part of a formal session. Some of his most exciting work was captured in front ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Some three-and-a-half minutes into Release, the Deram recording of Mike Westbrook's seminal suite mixing Swing classics with Westbrook originals, after a scorching solo by John Surman on “The Few," an alto saxophone cadenza emerged from a free ensemble passage: the tone was penetrating, incisive, severe, the phrasing intense, passionate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chicago / London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors

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Rob Mazurek is a remarkable musician, with a rare breadth and depth of expression. Off-hand, the only artist I can think of who possesses a similar emotional profile is Wadada Leo Smith. Like Smith, Mazurek can sear your ears and nerves one minute and soothe your soul the next, without any sense of strain or contrivance ...