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Dan Nicholls

Dan Nicholls is a keyboardist, reeds player, composer and producer, also working with video and animation. His music is inspired by prevalent issues in society: exploring environment, experience and identity, as well as the use of various forms of media for political and social influence. Dan has studied Indian classical music, worked with dance, and produced projects with film and visual art. He has performed at music festivals in Berlin, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Malmo, London, Birmingham and Cheltenham as well as venues throughout Europe. Dan has also performed at various film and dance festivals including Bath Film Festival, Risk Reclaim Copenhagen and Edinburgh Mela. Current projects include... Mirror + ByramArt A collaborative project with the visual artist Stephen Byram with guitarist Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) and drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant, Juju, Fofoulah). Strobes A duo project with drummer Dave Smith, working with West African Sabar rhythms, electronics and sample-based composition. Other projects... Dice Factory, Brass Mask, George Crowley Quintet, Noose

Alive In The Empire

Label: Dave De Rose Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Alive I; Alive II; Alive III; Alive IV; Alive V; Alive VI; Alive VII.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

2 Quartets on We Jazz Records

Read "2 Quartets on We Jazz Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finnish label We Jazz Records is back with two quartet recordings. Both are intriguing in their respective ways, which differ from each other in almost every aspect. Let's have a closer look... Otis Sandsjö Y-Otis 2 We Jazz Records 2020 Berlin-based, Swedish-native saxophonist Otis Sandsjö's sophomore album and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More

Read "Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I doubt you would get much argument that trumpet players Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey are among the finest of their generation. When Robertson and Ballou decided to form a quartet back in 2005, those four musical minds coming together pretty much assured some magic would happen. In 2007 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ideas Of Noise 2018

Read "Ideas Of Noise 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ideas Of Noise The Edge & Vivid Projects Birmingham, England August 3-5, 2018 Noise isn't really noise. Much of this weekender's content was somewhat sculpted, even if often rough (or scaly, or oozing) to the touch. A 'noise' outcome is usually in the eardrum of the victim, as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nick Davies

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, Gloucestershire April 26 to May 1, 2017 The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brass Mask: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

London's LOOP Collective has many talented members, including saxophonist and composer Tom Challenger and his band, Brass Mask. The nine-piece band--the octet which appeared on debut album Spy Boy (Babel Label, 2013) plus percussionist Jon Scott--mixes New Orleans, country blues, brass bands and contemporary jazz (including the influence of Henry Threadgill) and electronica. Many of these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Südtirol Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bolzano e provincia 26.06-05.07.2015 Oltre ottanta concerti si sono svolti in cinquantasette diversi spazi distribuiti in ventidue comuni della provincia di Bolzano e non solo, ospitando quasi duecento musicisti. Queste cifre sintetizzano l'ottica di una programmazione che ha ribadito la sua vocazione ad un'ampia diffusione territoriale, facendo circuitare molti dei gruppi invitati, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George Crowley: Can Of Worms

Read "Can Of Worms" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A tin full of slimy, wriggly, things bursts open, scaring the oddly mismatched young couple. It's not your usual jazz album cover art, but it suits the title of the second album from young UK saxophonist George Crowley--Can Of Worms--and Crowley carries on the motif with further creepy-crawlies on the inside of the sleeve. Not that ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Moss Freed

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Moss Freed" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Lionel Loueke--Heritage (EMI--2012). Sono diventato dipendente da questo album dopo aver visto il trio (con Mark Guiliana e Michael Olatuja) al Vortex di Londra l'anno scorso. Vi è un quantità smisurata di sentimento nel modo di suonare di Loueke mentre la scrittura è moderna con memorabili sequenze melodiche e groove danzabili. Gli assolo di ...


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