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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tamil Rogeon: Son Of Nyx

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An energetic, modal, fusion release coming out of the alternative jazz scene in Melbourne, Australia, Son of Nyx is a good album which almost succeeds in being more than that, but, frustratingly, does not achieve lift-off until the closing track, “Horns No Eyes." Tamil Rogeon first surfaced as co-leader of the jazz and ...

Burnheart

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Box Office; Forever Dance; Mensch; Mythos; Never Let Me Go; Plastik; Silence Is Golden; Sysiphos.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

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Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music

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A relatively new name on London's alternative jazz scene, the German-born violinist, vocalist and composer Johanna Burnheart has made a rapid ascent since leaving the city's Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She has played on three of the scene's benchmark albums--spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johanna Burnheart: Burnheart

Read "Burnheart" reviewed by Chris May

The violin has an eventful history in jazz. But it is still a niche instrument, despite a line of singular players stretching back to Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith (who deserves some bonus points for composing the immortal “If You're A Viper"). There are no schools of jazz violinists, simply a succession of one-off stylists, with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Read "Blue Note Re:imagined" reviewed by Chris May

The idea—honouring Blue Note's legacy while mapping out a possible future—promises much. The actuality is a curate's egg. The sixteen artists each interpreting a classic Blue Note-associated tune are not, as the label's American publicity has it, among the London scene's “most exciting young talents." A few are, but not many. The sixteen are instead an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Floating Circles Quartet: Humble Travelers

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London's Floating Circles Quartet are a group of Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumni who have been playing together since 2017. Humble Travelers is their debut album. If one had to pin a label on FCQ, chamber music is probably the most accurate off-the-peg description, though it is inadequate and oversimplified as ...


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