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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

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The ancient Zen art of decluttering has found modern favour as a mindful practice. Letting go of things is, perhaps, a way of breaking with the past. In the years since its inception, the Nordic big band Fire! Orchestra has jettisoned about half its original cast. Now down to a mere fourteen members, the outfit has ...

Laurence Pike: Holy Spring

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Most artists in any medium have a need of sunlight, or at least the promise of it. Percussionist Laurence Pike is one third of Szun Waves, a jazzy crossover act whose emergence has been widely acclaimed. On his second solo album Pike is in thrall to spring, the harbinger of summer, though it feels as much ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vula Viel And Peter Zummo at Cafe Oto

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Vula Viel and Peter Zummo
Cafe Oto
London
January 24, 2019

Peter Zummo could coax an agreeable tune from a garden hose, whistle through a straw-stuffed flute, and still engage listeners. He simply has a knack with tubes and noise. The avant-jazz trombonist, based in New York, keeps delighting and confounding ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

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Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context.

Bex Burch was ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

After The Fall
Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 13, 2018

Music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus's The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward's new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Time Grove: More Than One Thing

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The titling of instrumental pieces might take any number of courses. Musicians can make them super deep, or use super obscure references. Dedications to a specific place or person are common, as is the use of instruments or genres. Many titles are just left open to the listener's interpretation.

Tel Aviv band Time Grove ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos: Volume 3

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At the tender age of four, Isabella Golombisky shows the promise of a young Kandinsky. Her artwork adorns this inspired release from her father, Matthew, wherein she uses colours not contained by lines, and gives priority to form over content. Or maybe it was a jolly good splash at the kitchen table. Either way, 'Izzi' is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Gravity Project: The Gravity Project

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Born in Osaka, Japan, the veteran costume designer Junko Koshino has thrived on opposing images. Be-tentacled alien women can be expected to appear next to Greek goddesses in her shows. Her philosophy has thus been described as taikyoku, the Japanese word for “extreme opposites."

Here comes the relevant bit... Now consider Masaki Nakamura, a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hanna Paulsberg Concept + Magnus Broo: Daughter Of The Sun

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Fourteen centuries before Cleopatra, queen Hatshepsut became one of the few women to rule Egypt. Artworks at the time portrayed her with masculine muscles and a Pharaonic beard, but these icons were smashed to smithereens in Hatshepsut's burial chamber. Clearly she upset the male hierarchy back then. Three and a half thousand years later, this fourth ...