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Article: Live Review

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral" reviewed by Martin McFie


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra St. Giles' Cathedral Where Rivers Meet Edinburgh, Scotland May 15, 2021 Albert Ayler was an expressive and accomplished voice in the free jazz movement who was greatly respected by his peers. None other than John Coltrane encouraged the tenor saxophonist to join Impulse! records and even ...

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Article: Live Review

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

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Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival Ambleside, UK August 29-September 1, 2019 'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

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Article: Album Review

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Phil Barnes


There's an energy and a focus about this, Clowes fourth album for UK indie Basho records, that suggests a creative breakthrough. My Iris has kept that restlessness and love of music irrespective of genre apparent in Clowes earlier work, but feels a better constructed programme where the stylistic shifts are organic developments that blend naturally into ...

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Tom Hewson Trio: Treehouse

Read "Treehouse" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Treehouse, album number two from the young British pianist Tom Hewson, finds him working in a trio (which is also known as Treehouse) alongside two more of the brightest young players on the UK jazz scene--bassist Calum Gourlay and vibes player Lewis Wright. It's a lyrical and engaging collection--mostly of Hewson's own compositions--with the relatively rare ...

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Trish Clowes: Pocket Compass

Read "Pocket Compass" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


On her debut album, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), saxophonist Trish Clowes gathered together a large group of musicians and included a full orchestra on two tracks. For her impressive second album, And In The Night-time She Is There (Basho Records, 2012), she streamlined the line-up, adding just half a dozen guests to the core quintet but ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael J McEvoy: The Long Way Home

Read "The Long Way Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Michael J McEvoy is something of a musical chameleon--a composer, instrumentalist and producer who's played a crucial role in many musical projects without grabbing the limelight. He's composed film soundtracks (including 2008's Me And Orson Welles), and worked as musician or producer with an extensive array of artists including Ian Dury, Sting, Scritti Politti, the Bee ...

News: Recording

Michael J Mc Evoy's "The Long Way Home" Available March 10th

Michael J Mc Evoy's "The Long Way Home" Available March 10th

This has got instant appeal. And it’s over far too soon. With a melodic 1970s vibe to start with on the title track opener and Gerard Presencer’s bluesy horn commentary over a strong rhythm section of pianist McEvoy joined by Empirical bassist Tom Farmer and the Golden trio’s James Maddren this is the former musical director ...

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Article: Album Review

Rachael Cohen: Halftime

Read "Halftime" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The Shetland Islands, way up north off the coast of Scotland, have a long and noble history of producing fine folk and roots musicians. They've never really garnered plaudits for their jazzers, but that might be about to change. The islands were home to saxophonist Rachael Cohen for the first dozen years of her life and ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It had long been saxophonist Tommy Smith's dream to perform and record a live concert of music written by or associated with the great Duke Ellington. As leader of the acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Smith set about making that dream come true, and in October 2012 it happened, as an enthusiastic audience saw and heard ...


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