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Ross Lorraine: Heart of Mine: songs of Ross Lorraine

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Heart of Mine is well named, as composer and keyboardist Ross Lorraine's compositions are at the heart of this album. But Lorraine takes something of a back seat when it comes to performing, leaving instrumental duties to some of the British jazz scene's leading players, and vocal duties to six of the scene's most talented singers; ...

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Matt Anderson Quartet: The Town and the City

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Saxophonist Matt Anderson grew up on the North Yorkshire Moors, in the north of England, and is now based in London where he teaches junior jazz ensembles at the Royal Academy of Music. The Town and the City is his third album—the title a nod to his years in the small towns and villages of the ...

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Deadeye: Deadeye

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Many years ago, jazz combos simply called themselves after one of their number: the Dudley Moore Trio, the Miles Davis Quintet, and so on. The tradition still lingers, but even a well-established format such as the Hammond organ trio must sometimes follow the modern trend of adopting a name that is at once original and also ...

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Emma Smith: Meshuga Baby

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In early 2012, Emma Smith, already an established member of Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra but still only 21 years old, released her debut album. The record mixed standards with Smith's own compositions and established the London-based artist as a talented singer and songwriter. Another album would usually have been expected within a year or two, ...

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Valentín Caamaño: All The Gods

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All the Gods is the fourth album from Spanish guitarist and composer Valentín Caamaño, a recording which he describes as his most personal to date. On previous albums, Caamano revisited the works of boppers (be-and hard-) such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Grant Green. On All the Gods—accompanied by saxophonist Xose Miguelez, bassist Alfonso Calvo ...

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Ester Wiesnerova: Blue Journal

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Sometimes, catching the eye can be as important as catching the ear, at least in the beginning. Slovakian singer and composer Ester Wiesnerova definitely catches the eye with her debut release, Blue Journal. Inside a plain brown cardboard box is something of a tactile, as well as visual, treat:--a book covered in rich blue felt, full ...

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Meg Morley Trio: Journey Through Home

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Meg Morley self-released her debut EP, Through the Hours, in 2017 and followed it up a few months later that year with her trio's first album, the self-published Can't Get Started. Five years later, the same trio--Morley on piano, Richard Sadler on bass and Emiliano Caroselli on drums-- has returned, with Journey Through Home. It is ...

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Lauren Bush: Dream Away

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There's no “i" in “team," or so the motivational speakers of the world will have us believe, but as far as music is concerned every effective team needs an ear or two. The team responsible for Dream Away—from vocalist and lead artist Lauren Bush to the instrumentalists and producers—is well-served by ears and uses them to ...

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Aye! Mirjam Hassig: Coralland

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Coralland is the debut album from Ayé! Mirjam Hässig, a quartet led by the young Swiss vocalist and composer Mirjam Hässig. An intense, atmospheric and often haunting recording, it combines original music with original lyrics or with lyrics drawn from classic poetry. The quartet's instrumental mix is unusual: electronic effects, harp and ukulele join a more ...

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The Golden Age Of Steam: Tomato Brain

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It's been a while. The Golden Age Of Steam released debut album Raspberry Tongue (Babel Records) in 2009, the follow-up, Welcome To Bat Country (Basho Records), in 2012. Then they laid low until 2020 and the appearance of album number three, Tomato Brain. It's been worth the wait. The album's multi-layered, six-part, “Loftopus" is an atmospheric ...


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