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Fergus McCreadie

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With his second album, Cairn, released by leading European label Edition Records and picking up great early feedback (5 stars from Mojo and tipped as one of the jazz albums of 2021 by prominent radio presenters) Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie continues to excite listeners across the UK and Europe. A phenomenal technician, McCreadie has developed a deeply personal style that captures Scotland’s musical traditions and landscapes while honouring his American and Nordic influences. His trio with David Bowden (double bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) has developed into a formidable, superbly cohesive unit

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Insert the usual cliches here as you see fit: strange times, “new normal," all that stuff. Still, even while some of us give up on terms like “normal" and get used to the idea that there may never be a post-Covid world, great music and art never stops. Amidst another bumper crop of more things than ...

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Second Lives

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: အစ; Eudaimonia; Legion; Iris; The Colossus; Circularity; Impetu; Snowblind; Arrowhead; Ataraxia; Second Lives.

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Cairn

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: North; Cairn; Across Flatlands; The Stones of Brodgar; Jig; Tide; Tree Climbing; An Old Friend; Cliffside.

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Where Will The River Flow

Label: Porthole Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sognsvann; Firth; Canonbridge; The Spey; Interlude; Hopeful Mornings; Where Will The River Flow; Dear Grandma; Valley.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2 Debuts = 2 Quartets

Read "2 Debuts = 2 Quartets" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Bebop idioms prove far from extinct on these debut albums from two hungry cats, leading vigorous quartets with the mission to carry the bop torch of a young jazz generation. Nathan Francis Nathan Francis Quartet Ajabu! Records 2021 American bassist Nathan Francis has been based out of Helsinki, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mindaugas Stumbras: Inspirations

Read "Inspirations" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Mindaugas Stumbras is a leading jazz guitarist of Lithuanian scene who has much of potential to be broadly acclaimed by international community. He graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in 2019, and he has already played and toured internationally not only with the well known Lithuanian fusion jazz band Brave Noises, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Carmichael: Where Will The River Flow

Read "Where Will The River Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Unless it dries up, the river will flow to the sea. A more intriguing question might be: where will the flow take Matt Carmichael? At twenty-one, in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the tenor saxophonist--a BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalist in 2020--is only starting out on his musical journey. But his assured ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's a European batch of trios for this month, showing all kinds of local roots and with a fascinating knack for subverting expectations. Fergus McCreadie Cairn Edition Records 2021 Scotland's tourist organization could do a lot worse than hire Fergus McCreadie for a little PR. The Jamestown-born pianist offers ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Costello's Strata: Cygnus

Read "Cygnus" reviewed by Chris May


Metal-head jazz! It could only have been made by a Glasgow band. Without wishing to perpetuate stereotypes, the vibe suggests musicians who have spent more time in whisky bars than Tom Waits, Rabbie Burns, Ava Gardner, Mark Twain and Raymond Chandler put together. The focus and precision of their playing, however, suggests sobriety was maintained in ...


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