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Andy Sheppard

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The man who has emerged as one of Britain's foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists was introduced to the music of John Coltrane at the age of 19 and immediately went out and bought his own saxophone. Three weeks later, he was playing with the Bristol based quartet Sphere, which gathered an impressive reputation through the late 70s, recording several albums, winning the occasional award and playing an astonishing number of live dates throughout Britain and Europe. These years established Sheppard as a saxophonist to watch, but instead of the obvious move to London he based himself in Paris, working with French bands Lumière and Urban Sax.

Returning to the UK in the mid-80s, Sheppard signed to Island's Antilles label and released his self-titled debut album in 1987

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers

Read "Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers" reviewed by Russell Perry


Until recently, women in jazz were predominantly singers and pianists. While women have expanded their contributions, women players still excel in both roles and there are an amazing group of women pianists enriching the music today, many of whom are top-flight composers. In our final program dedicated to women in jazz, celebrating an extended Women's History ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

Read "Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition" reviewed by Skip Heller


"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

Album

Life Goes On

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Life Goes On: Life Goes On; On; And On. Beautiful Telephones: I, II, III; Copycat: After You; Follow The Leader; Copycat.

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Article: Live Review

Festa do Jazz 2020

Read "Festa do Jazz 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Centro Cultural Belem Festa do Jazz 2020 Lisbon September 12-13, 2020 Festa do Jazz, celebration of jazz, is the annual meeting of the Portuguese jazz community. It is normally held end of March/begin of April. For many years it took place in old glory theatre São Luis Municipal in the Baixa-Chiado ...

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Article: Album Review

Espen Eriksen Trio: End Of Summer

Read "End Of Summer" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Any album recorded during the lockdown of 2020 will doubtless be scrutinised for cryptic references. As such, End Of Summer as a title might hint at something deeper (or darker) than mere seasonal flux. But amidst so much global turmoil, the Espen Eriksen Trio has held its nerve and created another poignant opus. Tranquility at the ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Carla Bley

Read "Meet Carla Bley" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 2000. A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). 1967 record by Gary Burton quartet with orchestra; music composed and arranged by Bley. It was my first big break. After the Funeral I did quite a few big projects. After all this time ...

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Article: Album Review

John Law's Congregation: Configuration

Read "Configuration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


John Law's Congregation is a quartet led by British pianist and composer Law and completed by three musicians from the UK jazz scene--James Mainwaring (Roller Trio), Ashley John Long and Billy Weir--who are part of what Brian Morton's sleeve notes calls the “new generation players." Law has been performing since the 1980s, releasing over ...

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Article: Radio

I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

Read "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

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Article: Radio

New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur.

Read "New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur." reviewed by Bob Osborne


There is a striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. Bley's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully ...


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