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Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental

Read "Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental" reviewed by Chris May

Whatever other delights come along during 2020 in the way of great jazz albums, it is a near certainty that among the joint number ones will be To The Earth (Edition) by Dinosaur. Formed as the Laura Jurd Quartet in 2010 by students at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and still led by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pigfoot: Pigfoot Shuffle

Read "Pigfoot Shuffle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Once a taste for mischief is acquired it's hard to rein it in. Pigfoot was having way, way too much fun on 21st Century Acid Trad (Village Life Records, 2014) to go straight on this, its second outing. If the former happily warped New Orleans jazz, Pigfoot Shuffle applies a similar concept to a broader pool ...

Pigfoot Shuffle

Label: Pokey Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Heartbreak Hotel; Dance of the Seven Veils; Pusherman; Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog; The look of Love; Isis & Osiris/Dove Sono; Black Dog; For Once in My Life; Love Letters/Song to the Evening Star; Wives and Lovers.

Shuffle

Label: Pokey Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Heartbreak Hotel; Dance of the Seven Veils; Pusherman; Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog; The look of Love; Isis & Osiris/Dove Sono; Black Dog; For Once in My Life; Love Letters/Song to the Evening Star; Wives and Lovers.

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

Read "Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved. The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Laura Jurd: Human Spirit

Read "Human Spirit" reviewed by Ian Patterson

With her debut as leader, Landing Ground (Chaos Collective, 2012), Laura Jurd laid down her marker as a precociously talented composer and musician. Folk, classical and jazz threads united the Ligeti String Quartet with improvising musicians to create a powerful octet that was greater than the sum of its parts. On Human Spirit (Chaos Collective, 2015) ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Simon Purcell: Red Circle

Read "Simon Purcell: Red Circle" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The title of this debut CD by UK Pianist Simon Purcell, Red Circle, is rich in metaphor and layered meanings. Does it for example refer to the belief amongst practitioners of ritual magic that a marked out circle can contain energy in a sacred space or sometimes offer a form of magical protection--surely a metaphor for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whirlwind Recordings Announces Upcoming Releases

Whirlwind Recordings Announces Upcoming Releases

Whirlwind Recordings announces its bumper-crop of upcoming releases for 2014, featuring an eclectic mix of standout albums from known and up-and-coming artists based in NYC, London and beyond. Here's a snapshot: March 11, 2104: Leave the Door Open by Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar. A brand new collaboration featuring cutting edge western improvisation, roots music and ...


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