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Naima/Live in Berlin

Read "Naima/Live in Berlin" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Saxophonist Alan Skidmore has worked in many, many different settings during a career that stretches back to the early sixties with Alexis Korner--one of the three 'Fathers of British Blues" (paternity disputed!). That career has included recordings with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, the Walker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet: You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?

Read "You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

You've Got To Dig It To Dig It, You Dig?: not just a groovy album title, but wise words of advice. Saxophonist and bandleader Derek Nash clearly takes this advice to heart, crafting an album that's filled with eminently dig-able music. The advice that inspires Nash and his fellow players, as well as inspiring ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trudy Kerr: Contemplation

Read "Contemplation" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Subtitled The Best Of Trudy Kerr, Contemplation is a retrospective of the singer's career through selections from her ten album discography. Contemplation takes in Kerr's career from Blossom Dearie's “Sweet Surprise"--a track from her debut album (Sweet Surprise, Jazzizit Records, 1997)--through to “Poppies," from The Rhythm of Life: Ted And Gladys (Jazzizit Records, 2013), ...

The Real Note Vol. 2

Label: Jazzizit
Released: 2014
Track listing: Darkness; Shark Avenue; Five Moods; Vision; I Got Arrythmia; Sophisticated Lady; RSVP; Embrace; Autopsy; Dedication; Broadway.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Jennett: Everybody Says Don't

Read "Everybody Says Don't" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On Everybody Says Don't, his second album, London-based singer Mark Jennett joins a bunch of top flight instrumentalists, including producer Geoff Gascoyne, on a collection that takes in an impressive array of songs, composers and moods. Great songs, interpreted with style. Jennett opens up with Stephen Sondheim's “Everybody Says Don't," taken at speed. Gascoyne's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Gascoyne O'Higgins Quartet: The Real Note Vol. 2

Read "The Real Note Vol. 2" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's the facts. Many inquisitive people spend their lives in pursuit of the facts. For the questing jazz musician, by contrast, the contrafacts take precedence. That's certainly the case for the UK's Gascoyne O'Higgins Quartet. The band's second collection of such tunes based on the chord changes from Songbook standards, The Real Note Vol. 2, features ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

London Jazz Festival 2013

Read "London Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Enrico Pieranunzi, Julie Sassoon and Stan Tracey--Pianos on the Edge London Jazz Festival November 15-24, 2014 The Bishopsgate Institute in the City of London, a few blocks from the Bank of England, might seem an odd place for a jazz gig but--under the auspices of the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston--stranger ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trudy Kerr and Geoff Gascoyne: The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys

Read "The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Great male and female jazz vocal duos are rare as hen's teeth. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé? Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan? Now there's a pair of new kids on the block--Ted and Gladys. Or is there? Check the sleeve of The Rhythm Of Life: Ted & Gladys and all is not quite as it seems. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can

Read "Do It While You Can" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The visual image, the cover design and the positivity of the album title--Do It While You Can--all point in the general direction of a Good Time about to be had. Singer (and French horn player) Kai Hoffman ensures that a good time is exactly what's on offer, crafting a set of songs that makes the most ...


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