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10/05/2006 Kerstan Mackness - Timeout “Guitarist Jonny Phillips might just be the next big star to emerge from the F- IRE Collective,the loose confederation of forward-looking musicians that include the Mercury- nominated Polar Bear and the hip-punk Jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, But while those bands embrace electronica, funk and rock influences, Phillips who played on the Polar Bear album and who regularly collaborates with folky songstress Julia Biel is a different beast altogether. His music is a pastoral, impressionistic mix of soaring melodies and South American folklore that strives to create an aural form of magical realism. Dreamlike and beautiful, it sounds simultaneously contemporary and yet centuaries old. His band Oriole are something of a F-IRE collective supergroup with big haired drummer Sebastian Rochford (Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland, Fulbourn, Taversham), cellist Ben Davis (Julia Biel, Django Bates), Lee Konitz-ish saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (Monica Vasconcellos), claranetist Idris Rahman (Soothsayers), Danish bass player Anders Christensen (Paul Motion) and Brazilian Percussionist Adriano Adawali Itauna. Their new Album 'Migration' is an early contender for jazz release of the year, a sublime, slightly unsettling but emotionally rewarding work that draws on folk, north Brazilian, West African and Mediterranean music

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ill Considered: 6

Read "6" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The London-based quartet, Ill Considered, has churned out nine full-length albums in less than two years, each high quality and each a unique jazz creation. Founded in 2017, saxophonist Idris Rahman, drummer Emre Ramazanoglu and bassist Leon Brichard replaced their additional percussionist with Satin Singh on their second release, Live at the Crypt (Self Produced, 2017). ...

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Chris May's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Chris May

Christian ScottaTunde AdjuahConcord RecordsIn 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Oriole: Every New Day

Read "Every New Day" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

There's a stark beauty to Every New Day, the third album from Oriole, that speaks of the majesty of vast open spaces. For the most part, the warmth and splendor of these spaces gives the music a positivity and optimism, but there are also times when it takes on a more downbeat and reflective quality. The ...

Oriole: Every New Day

Read "Oriole: Every New Day" reviewed by Chris May

OrioleEvery New DayF-IRE2012Oriole's third album of sonorous South American and Iberian-flavored jazz has been some time coming. The London group, led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, debuted with Song For The Sleeping in 2005 and followed up a year later with Migration (both F-IRE). There has been ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Lopez-Real's Mandorla: Mandorla

Read "Mandorla" reviewed by Chris May

Among the otherwise quite disparate assembly of musicians which makes up London's F-IRE collective and label, a shared sense of playfulness runs deep. Leading lights such as saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Finn Peters, guitarist Jonny Phillips, trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Arthurs, cellist Ben Davis and drummer Seb Rochford--all seriously adventurous musicians--bring refreshing degrees of fun to ...

Take Five With Jonny Phillips

Read "Take Five With Jonny Phillips" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jonny Phillips: 10/05/2006 Kerstan Mackness Timeout London: “Guitarist Jonny Phillips might just be the next big star to emerge from the F-IRE Collective, the loose confederation of forward-looking musicians that include the Mercury- nominated Polar Bear and the hip-punk Jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, But while those bands embrace electronica, funk and rock influences, Phillips (who ...

Migration

Label: F-IRE Records
Released: 2006


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