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Ernst Reijseger, Billy Brooks, Rob Mazurek, Joe Harriott, & More New Releases

Read "Ernst Reijseger, Billy Brooks, Rob Mazurek, Joe Harriott, & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we hit the mother lode, with plenty of undiscovered, or re-discovered, jazz ore, in the form of unreleased live recordings of Joe Harriott and the re-release of Windows of the Mind by the skoonum player and Ray Charles alum Billy Brooks, respectively. Among the new gems, projects of the acoustic (Reijseger, Fraanje, Sylla [pictured]; ...

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

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Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander ...

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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 ...

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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: LIVE REVIEW

Brilliant Corners 2020

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Brilliant Corners 2020 Various Venues jny:Belfast, N. Ireland February 27 to March 7, 2020 Maybe it's global warming, for just as the first bloom of spring in these strange times appears in February, so too, Brilliant Corners starts ever earlier. From its first, modest edition over three days ...

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Elliot Galvin: Live In Paris At Fondation Louis Vuitton

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An inventive and adventurous keyboard player and composer, Elliot Galvin is active in Britain's jazz and contemporary-classical worlds. He is making a strong impression on the former. Galvin is a member of the Mercury Music Prize-nominated band Dinosaur, whose Wonder Trail (Edition) was among the highlights of 2018. His duo album Ex Nihilo (ByrdOut), made with ...

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Dinosaur Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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These four twenty-somethings have each established their own name in British jazz. The most prominent name in Dinosaur is trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, who has previously been voted BBC New Generation Artist. The accessible synth pop of the 1980s is an important influence on the recent album Wonder Trail (Edition Records), on which she also ...

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Randy Weston Tribute & New Releases

Read "Randy Weston Tribute & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another master has left us. Randy Weston passed away on Sept. 1st at the venerable age of 92. This week we celebrate the music of an artist that consciously built a bridge between jazz and African musical traditions and, in doing so, strongly contributed to the awareness of the African roots of jazz music.

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Dinosaur: Wonder Trail

Read "Wonder Trail" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the long-awaited follow-up to Dinosaur's 2016 debut album Together, As One. But the de facto debut by this quartet actually took place on Laura Jurd's first, highly inventive, album Landing Ground released in 2012 on the Chaos Collective label, which she co-founded. In 2015 she released a second album under her own name, the ...

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Jazz Jantar 2017

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Jazz Jantar Klub Zak Gdańsk, Poland November 9-12, 2017 Jazz Jantar is one of the less well-known Polish festivals (outside of Poland), but it has been running in the northern port of Gdańsk for two decades, and is housed by Klub Zak, an arts centre that has roots ...


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