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Ferg Ireland Trio: Ferg Ireland Trio

Read "Ferg Ireland Trio" reviewed by Chris May


Bassist Ferg Ireland is a young London lion whose recent credits include pianist Ashley Henry's Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony, 2019) and tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock's AUB (Edition, 2020), stonking albums both. On his own-name debut album, Ireland is joined by drummer James Maddren, who is probably best known for his work with the ...

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Sam Braysher Trio: Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man

Read "Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


It was back in 2017 when we were first introduced to Sam Braysher with his debut release Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent), performed alongside pianist, Michael Kanan and featuring a collection of reinterpreted songs from the Great American Songbook. Braysher is now following his own footsteps by releasing a trio album with a similar theme. ...

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Pulled By Magnets: Rose Golden Doorways

Read "Rose Golden Doorways" reviewed by Chris May


After a momentous start in the mid 2000s with saxophonist Pete Wareham's Acoustic Ladyland and his own band, Polar Bear, drummer Sebastian Rochford's path through British jazz has been distinguished, though not without the odd glitch. The highs have been Himalayan. Perhaps most notably, he played a key role in reeds player Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of ...

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Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Read "Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218" reviewed by Chris May


Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a ...

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Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018

Read "Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet Sonic Lab Sonorities Festival Belfast jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 21, 2018 Sonorities Festival Belfast is one of Ireland's longest-running contemporary music festivals. This year saw the biannual SFB hit the thirty-year mark and to celebrate the milestone festival directors Miguel Ortiz and Simon Waters assembled ...

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Out 'N' In

Label: Naim Label
Released: 2016
Track listing: Out But In; Hat & Beard; A Conversation; So He Left; A Bitter End For A Tender Giant; Dolphyus Morphyus; Interlude; Gazzelloni; Syndicalism; Another Conversation; Bowden Out.

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Connection

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Initiate the Initiations; Anxiety Society; Stay the Course; Driving Force; Lethe; The Maze; Card Clash; The Two-Edged Sword; Mind Over Mayhem; It’s Out of Your Hands.

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Empirical: Out 'N' In

Read "Out 'N' In" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


One of the great things about tributes is that they allow one to revisit and appreciate the influence of artists that deserve more exposure. This is definitely the case with the British group Empirical's tribute to reed player and composer, Eric Dolphy. Out 'n' In was released in 2009 and is still a text book example ...

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Empirical: Connection

Read "Connection" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This is a young and intensely hip quartet who received a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) award in 2010 for Best Jazz Act in the UK, yet Connection is the musicians inaugural effort for USA-based Cuneiform Records. Similarities to the output of fellow countrymen, saxophonist Django Bates and Led Bib may be in order, primarily due ...


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