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Fini Bearman: La Loba

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London-based singer, musician and songwriter Fini Bearman has a history of fine recordings, notably 2014's Porgy And Bess (F-ire Records) and 2016's Burn The Boat (Two Rivers Records), which featured her exquisite “I'd Rather Have The Rain." La Loba is her fourth studio album and her first duo recording, featuring the cellist Zosia Jagodzinska. Just two ...

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Bilge Gunaydin: Daydreams

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Turkish pianist, keyboard player, composer and arranger Bilge Günaydin showcases her talents on Daydreams, her debut release. It's an impressive first outing for the young musician—stylistically wide-ranging, moving from laid-back melody to drama and mystery, and beautifully performed by the musicians. “Inception" is a relaxed, melodic album opener—smooth without being bland, immediately engaging and ...

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Andrew McCormack: Solo

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A solo album from Andrew McCormack—a musician best-known as part of Kyle Eastwood's band and, in the three years prior to this recording, as leader of the “prog-rock math-jazz project" (his words) Graviton—was always going to be an intriguing project. Would it lean towards the small-band, big sound of the Eastwood group, or would it be ...

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Jamil Sheriff: The Ilkley Suite

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Commissioned by the Ilkley Jazz Festival to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018, The Ilkley Suite is composer/pianist Jamil Sheriff's musical interpretation of some of the legends, history and landscapes of Ilkley and its surrounding countryside in the English county of West Yorkshire. It is an ambitious, complex and wide-ranging suite in eight parts, performed by ...

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Dave Milligan: Momento

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Momento is a piano trio album, its instrumental line-up of piano, bass and drums being common to many jazz recordings over the decades. But Dave Milligan and his compatriots--bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer U. T. Gandhi--have produced a distinctive and beautiful set of tunes which set this particular piano trio apart from its peers. The explanation ...

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Anders Bast & The Bast'ards: Through Space & Time

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Calling your band The Bast'ards may be an obvious move if your surname is Bast, even if it might cost a few namechecks in some sectors of the media (the apostrophe softens the impact in print, but not over the airways). It's a name that suggests a certain aggressive edge, a punk-meets-jazz approach to music, a ...

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World Sanguine Report: Skeleton Blush

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Don't be fooled by the appearance of “sanguine" in the band name. World Sanguine Report is not a band given to gentle optimism, or relaxed acceptance of whatever situation it's in. Look instead to the meaning of the word in heraldic terms—blood red. Skeleton Blush is filled with hard-edged, powerful and uncompromising songs, an album that ...

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Chase Kuesel: Space Between

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Drummer and composer Chase Kuesel is based in Brooklyn, but his debut release as leader, Space Between, arose from a year spent studying in Basel as part of a select group of young musicians funded through the Focusyear Artist Grant. It's an album that's notable for Kuesel's ambitious compositions--drawing on influences including Olivier Messiaen, Norma Winstone ...

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Pinball: Pinball

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"Tommy" played a mean pinball, while Brian Protheroe ran out of pale ale when he made his own “Pinball" into a hit record. This Pinball, the debut release from the Australian/French quartet of the same name, has none of the feel of a dingy games arcade, or the odour of pale ale. Instead, it is an ...

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Julian Costello Quartet: Connections: without borders

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Three years after its debut release, Transitions (33 Jazz), the Julian Costello Quartet returns with Connections: without borders. The debut was recorded in Italy, but for the follow-up the London-based band decamped to Norway, to record nine of leader and saxophonist Costello's compositions at Blueberry Fields studios in Heggedal. The tunes are indeed connected, reflecting how ...


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