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Monica Martin: All The Feelings

Read "Monica Martin: All The Feelings" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Singer, songwriter, hairdresser, amateur photographer, schtick enthusiast Monica Martin talks about discovering her musical talent in her late teens, what it means to be “Wisconsin sober," the complex and delicate dynamics of her first band Phox, her mental health struggles, why it's so expensive to be poor, the many ways that she has had to integrate ...

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Article: Album Review

Misc: Partager l'ambulance

Read "Partager l'ambulance" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Montreal piano-led trio Misc use their album title and artwork here to reflect on a post-Covid world. The title translates as “Sharing The Ambulance" and the cover is like an apocalyptic cartoon, showing a disused hospital truck furnished with hi-fi and easy chair floating in the sky. It could be a still from any Studio Ghibli ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Downard: Seven Japanese Tales

Read "Seven Japanese Tales" reviewed by Chris May


Up-and-coming London bassist Joe Downard's debut album is an ambitious affair which winningly blends intricate soundscapes created by retro-modern analog synthesisers with the two-horns-and-a-rhythm-section acoustic jazz tradition. Downard's sextet includes five other rising stars of the London scene, prominent among them trumpeter James Copus, tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (whose self-titled album debut with his band AuB ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker

Read "Worker" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Of all the bands playing jazz-rock, or fusion, or whatever-you-want-to-call it, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (or JFJO as they're known by their fans) is the one that comes closest to embodying Joe Zawinul's dictum regarding Weather Report's modus operandi: ..."nobody solos, everybody solos." The similarities stop there, however, though JFJO's careening omnivorous creativity, like Weather ...


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