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Iain Ballamy


Ballamy established himself playing alongside notables including Hermeto Pascoal, the late Gil Evans, George Coleman, Dewey Redman, Mike Gibbs and the New York Composers Orchestra. Touring extensively world-wide, he has appeared at most international festivals and venues. Ballamy can be heard on over 40 CDs. A long time collaborator with Django Bates, since the days of Loose Tubes and Bill Bruford's Earthworks he is currently a member of Django's 'Human Chain' and 'Delightful Precepice'. Parallel to his international jazz career, Ballamy has pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe with the Karnataka College of Percussion


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008

Read "Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008" reviewed by John Kelman

Intrepid percussionist/composer/bandleader Bill Bruford began his career in the late '60s art-rock arena with Yes and, later, King Crimson, but jazz has always moved underneath, like an eddying current. His early recordings, well documented on the companion Winterfold Collection, may not speak the language of jazz, but they possess its spirit. By 1986, Bruford ...


Article: Album Review

Eddie Gripper: Home

Read "Home" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Home is the debut album from Eddie Gripper, an English pianist, composer and educator from Oxfordshire. He's now based in Cardiff, where he studied jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with Huw Warren. He has collaborated with Warren and also with Iain Ballamy, John Parricelli and Welsh folk artist Angharad Jenkins of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More

Read "New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Ingrid Laubrock, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Monika Herzig & Janiece Jaffe, plus a special project by Vivienne Aerts supporting Femmes de Virunga, a cacao farm collective of 1500 women in the Congo, with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Aretha Franklin, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Amina Claudine Myers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Mimi Jones ...


Article: Interview

Carole Nelson: Zen And The Art Of Music Making

Read "Carole Nelson: Zen And The Art Of Music Making" reviewed by Ian Patterson

To what extent music is a product of nature versus nurture is impossible to qualify, but it is reasonable to assume that a musician's immediate environment plays into the music somehow. Difficult, certainly, to imagine bebop birthing anywhere other than in the hurly burly of 1940s New York, for example. For London-born, Ireland-based pianist Carole Nelson, ...


Article: Album Review

Brian Molley Quartet: Intercontinental

Read "Intercontinental" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Scottish saxophonist Brian Molley is no stranger to Indian music, having toured India several times since 2015. Rather than merely presenting his music, Molley has sought to expand it, collaborating with the Rajasthani singer & sarangi player Asin Langa and, at the Madras Jazz Festival in 2017, with percussionist Krishna Kishor. Since then, the Brian Molley ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2022

Read "Brilliant Corners 2022" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2022 The Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 4-12, 2022 Brilliant Corners is ten. Belfast's onliest jazz festival celebrated the milestone by welcoming audiences back to The Black Box after 2021's virtual edition. When Brilliant Corners was last held here before a live audience, in March 2020, Covid ...


What's New

Label: Silent Wish
Released: 2020
Track listing: What’s New?; You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart); Prelude To A Kiss; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Once Upon A Summertime; If You Never Come To Me; I Wish I Were In Love Again; Some Other Time; It Might As Well Be Spring; Alfie; Come Sunday; I’ll Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Francesco Bearzatti, Iain Ballamy, Charlotte Greve, Renaud-Gabriel Pion and More

Read "Francesco Bearzatti, Iain Ballamy, Charlotte Greve, Renaud-Gabriel Pion and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week devoted to new and upcoming releases with a special focus on the latest albums by Italian saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti and the members of his Tinissima 4et, trumpeter Giovanni Falzone, bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer Zeno De Rossi. To complete this all-European showcase, two quite different projects by British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, the resounding elegance ...


Article: Interview

Josephine Davies: Way Out East: New Directions In Jazz

Read "Josephine Davies: Way Out East:  New Directions In Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Compared to many other bands which have emerged on jny: London's paradigm-shifting jazz scene since the mid 2010s, saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies' trio Satori has attracted relatively little noise. There has been high praise from specialist critics but little mainstream media coverage and even less social media chatter. This may be because, unlike many of ...


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