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Dave Stapleton

Dave Stapleton is a singular young artist and has been recently described by the Guardian as having “produced one of the success stories of UK jazz over the past year’. Since graduating in 2002 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a degree in classical piano Dave has recorded six albums as a leader and has won critical acclaim for each album from the Guardian, Observer, Jazzwise, and Independent on Sunday. Dave’s industriousness and imagination has seen him write for and record with a variety of ensembles over the past few years. In 2004 he formed his quintet (Dave Stapleton Quintet—DSQ), which provides the main outlet for his music

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Dinosaur: To The Earth

Read "To The Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Edition label has remained independent of London's post-2015 alternative jazz scene, whose aesthetic is formed in part by the emphases of identity politics and which now, in 2020, has gone overground with the signing of three bands led by movement auteur Shabaka Hutchings to Impulse! in the US. Edition, which was founded in 2008 by ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Crosscurrents Trio: l'Oriente incontra l'Occidente

Read "Crosscurrents Trio: l'Oriente incontra l'Occidente" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Il Crosscurrents Trio è composto da tre maestri dell'improvvisazione quali Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain e Chris Potter. Emanazione di un progetto in settetto nato da un'idea di Hussain, il trio si fonda sul desiderio di esplorare le connessioni culturali e musicali tra Oriente e Occidente. In questo prospettiva la musica non rappresenta unicamente una forma di ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West

Read "Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

The Crosscurrents Trio is comprised of three master improvisers: Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter. Emanating from a multicultral septet project, which was the brainchild of Zakir Hussain, the trio developed out of the desire to explore the cultural and musical connections between the East and the West. From this perspective, music is not only ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Slowly Rolling Camera: Juniper

Read "Juniper" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If Slowly Rolling Camera isn't already working on a film score or two, then some director somewhere is really missing out. The Welsh outfit occupies a beautifully lush spot in the music world at the intersection of jazz, trip-hop and soul-soothing electronica. It's sweeping yet intimate stuff, vivid and emotional on a widescreen scale in hi-def. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures

Read "Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Creativity is an unpredictable beast, yesterday's inspiration can soon turn stale, evaporating with the morning dew if not carefully cultivated and attended to. That idea that was once so exciting can easily become a well-worn rut, or even a trap, into which the unwary can fall. Bassist Jasper Hoiby, a third of Phronesis, appears to recognise ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Slowly Rolling Camera: Into the Shadow

Read "Into the Shadow" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Con Into the Shadow, il progetto denominato Slowly Rolling Camera mette ulteriormente a fuoco l'idea musicale che aveva piacevolmente sorpreso nell'omonimo album di debutto. Quegli undici brani spaziavano a trecentosessanta gradi nell'ambito di una musica d'atmosfera contaminata con il soul, l'elettronica, il jazz, il trip hop, l'ambient. In questo EP -quattro brani per un totale di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Slowly Rolling Camera: Slowly Rolling Camera

Read "Slowly Rolling Camera" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A band name--and album title--like Slowly Rolling Camera gives little if anything away about the nature of the music to be experienced on this, the debut album from the UK-based quartet. Good--for surprises can be fun. Once the music becomes familiar--the beautiful, imaginative and ambitious compositions become firmly fixed in the mind--the surprise is revealed to ...

Alexi Tuomarila: From Helsinki to Timbuktu

Read "Alexi Tuomarila: From Helsinki to Timbuktu" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Sometimes a person can be in the right place, just not quite at the right time. So it was for Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila. After his debut album with his quartet, Voices of Pohjola (Igloo Records, 2001), he signed to Warner Jazz in the early '00s, while he was still in his 20s. The second quartet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexi Tuomarila Trio: Seven Hills

Read "Seven Hills" reviewed by John Kelman

While not entirely rare, it is relatively uncommon to find relationships forged so strongly that the musicians find themselves working together in multiple contexts, where the names remain the same, only the leader changes. Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila and drummer Olavi Louhivuori have been working together in a variety of contexts for the past several years, ...


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