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John Russell

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John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London Musicians’ Collective. From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs. In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music.

Album

Discernment

Label: Spoonhunt
Released: 2021
Track listing: discerning 1; discerning 2; discerning 3; discerned

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Spoonhunt's First CD Releases

Read "Spoonhunt's First CD Releases" reviewed by John Eyles


Like the notorious London buses, with musician-run independent record labels, you wait ages for one to arrive and then two come along together. Just as punters were welcoming N.O. Moore's new dx/dy label, along comes the first batch of releases on bassist Dominic Lash's charmingly-named Spoonhunt label. To be fair, Spoonhunt is not totally new. Since ...

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Article: Interview

Gianni Mimmo: Il momento della riflessione

Read "Gianni Mimmo: Il momento della riflessione" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Quattordici anni fa, all'uscita dei primi dischi dell'allora neonata Amirani Records, intervistammo il protagonista di quei dischi, nonché ideatore dell'etichetta, Gianni Mimmo, scoprendo un personaggio decisamente atipico, se non proprio unico. Da allora il sopranista pavese è stato autore di molti lavori di indubbio interesse, mentre la sua etichetta ha significativamente contribuito a diffondere in Italia ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura

Read "Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura" reviewed by John Eyles


Tokyo-born Yoko Miura took classical piano lessons from the age of 5 to 18. Inspired by players such as Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy and Paul Bley she took classes in jazz. She was soon playing concerts in Japan with players like guitarist Ryouichi Saito, percussionist Jyunzo Tateiwa and shamisen & bassist Noribumi Uchida. By 2001 she ...

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Article: Album Review

Keune, Russell, Schneider, Lovens.: Nothing Particularly Horrible: Live in Bochum ‘93

Read "Nothing Particularly Horrible: Live in Bochum ‘93" reviewed by John Eyles


Recorded live in concert, in October 1993, at Museum Bochum, during the Ruhr Jazz Festival, this album is not a reissue but is being released for the first time, its wryly amusing title indicating that it has been declared fit for public consumption. In fact, the album's four tracks, being the only recordings of this Anglo-German ...

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Article: Album Review

Phil Durrant & Martin Vishnick: Rifinitori di momenti

Read "Rifinitori di momenti" reviewed by John Eyles


The fact that this duo exists is a testament to the network of improvised music workshops and venues that thrive in London, with interested musicians often hearing about them by word of mouth. One such workshop is Skronk, which is run every fortnight or so by New Zealand expat and saxophonist Rick Jensen, who welcomes all ...

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Article: Live Review

Walthamstow Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Walthamstow Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Luke Seabright


Walthamstow Jazz Festival London February 16, 2019 If you're not from jny: London the name Walthamstow most likely means nothing to you, unless perhaps you admire the work of designer and craftsman William Morris. Even to most Londoners it is probably little more than the fabled end of the Victoria ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

Read "Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft" reviewed by John Eyles


In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles


In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...


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