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Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time

Read "Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For someone whose livelihood and lifeblood are all about rhythms, the COVID-19 lockdown, with its very different rhythms, must be extremely frustrating. Especially when, as is the case with Matthew Jacobson, renowned drummer, composer, promotor and record label manager, there is no drum kit in his Dublin apartment. “I've been doing more work on ...

Diatribe Records: Heart and Soul of the Music

Read "Diatribe Records: Heart and Soul of the Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Whilst Ireland has long produced music of world renown, this tiny, most Westerly European nation has never been quite so famous for producing cutting edge jazz. However, as European jazz has gradually let slip the American accent--an evolution that perhaps gathered its greatest momentum with the birth of the ECM label--so, too, in Ireland, a new ...

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Laura Jurd: Landing Ground

Read "Landing Ground" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Laura Jurd calls her debut Landing Ground, but it's the references to flight and cross-Atlantic antics in her song titles that seem a more appropriate reflection of the young composer/trumpeter's musical vision. Still a student at London's Trinity College Of Music and just 21 at the time of its recording, Jurd has already won major awards ...

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Oriole: Every New Day

Read "Every New Day" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

There's a stark beauty to Every New Day, the third album from Oriole, that speaks of the majesty of vast open spaces. For the most part, the warmth and splendor of these spaces gives the music a positivity and optimism, but there are also times when it takes on a more downbeat and reflective quality. The ...

Oriole: Every New Day

Read "Oriole: Every New Day" reviewed by Chris May

OrioleEvery New DayF-IRE2012Oriole's third album of sonorous South American and Iberian-flavored jazz has been some time coming. The London group, led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, debuted with Song For The Sleeping in 2005 and followed up a year later with Migration (both F-IRE). There has been ...

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The Man Who Laughs: Deep Song

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On Deep Song, London based singer Fumi Okiji and looped up guitarist Stefano Kalonaris--recording under the auspices of the experimentally inclined, but historically literate, musicians' collective F-IRE--offer a noir-ish, digital-age spin on jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Okiji has explored similar material with the Portrait Bellevue trio featuring cellist Ben Davis and pianist Zac ...

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Robert Mitchell's Panacea: The Cusp

Read "The Cusp" reviewed by Alex J Watson

Robert Mitchell's Panacea presents The Cusp, its third album, and debut release for Edition Records. This collection of ten highly arranged original compositions by Mitchell, combines complex rhythmic writing with contemporary vocal jazz. The recording is delivered with a squeaky-clean production sound that can only be a reflection of the leader's attention to ...

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Carlos Lopez-Real's Mandorla: Mandorla

Read "Mandorla" reviewed by Chris May

Among the otherwise quite disparate assembly of musicians which makes up London's F-IRE collective and label, a shared sense of playfulness runs deep. Leading lights such as saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Finn Peters, guitarist Jonny Phillips, trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Arthurs, cellist Ben Davis and drummer Seb Rochford--all seriously adventurous musicians--bring refreshing degrees of fun to ...


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