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Julia Biel

Tipped as ‘the best British vocalist to emerge in an age’ by The Independent, the MOBO-nominated jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter’s self-titled album ‘Julia Biel’ was released earlier this year to reveal twelve more exquisite songs to add to the artist’s growing catalogue. Delivered with unique warmth and drawing on the spirituality of gospel music, the joie-de-vivre of soul, the sorrow of blues and the freedom of jazz, her voice evokes all this and more whilst poetic lyrics reveal a sharp perspective on life and love against a magical backdrop of music to lose yourself in. The sound of an intense inner musicality paired with a defiant passion and a burning and individualistic creative spirit, this is music with the kind of impact that is unattainable without intense emotional experiences – and the many comparisons with some of the most celebrated greats of jazz testify to this. “I was always fascinated by musicians such as Nina Simone, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday and how they each succeeded in expressing their strong personalities in the music,” says Julia

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Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Woolf: Song Unsung

Read "Song Unsung" reviewed by Chris May


Although London-based tenor saxophonist Andrew Woolf has been releasing records since 2012, Song Unsung is the first he has issued under his own name. His debut, which was actually recorded in 2008, was the EP Soma Quartet (Self Produced), made by Woolf, electric guitarist Ryan Williams, double bassist Will Collier and trumpeter Joe Auckland. The disc ...

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Article: Album Review

Soothsayers: We Are Many

Read "We Are Many" reviewed by Chris May


Straddling jazz, Afrobeat, conscious reggae and dub, South London's Soothsayers is among the top ten must-see attractions on Britain's club circuit (on hold for the duration). Soothsayers can make the lame not merely walk, but dance. We Are Many is the band's ninth studio album and it is a superbly well-realized production, up there with an ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazzfest Bonn 2018

Read "Jazzfest Bonn 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzfest Bonn Bonn, Germany May 3-5, 2018 The city of Bonn, situated on the banks of the Rhine River south of Cologne in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, is the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany's largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants. Bonn formerly functioned as the ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2015

Read "Vossa Jazz 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte


VOSSA JAZZ Voss March 28 -29, 2015 Vossa Jazz, founded in 1973, an annual three-day event with a great variety of groups and acts, is a highly prestigious jazz festival in Norway. Thanks especially to its commissions and awards, it has an important national and international function. In 1983 the ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

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 ...

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Not Alone

Label: Rokit Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Shhh...; Paradise; Souvenir; By the Light of You; Interlude; Choro; Uncomfortable Somehow; Rhythm of the Treetops; Where is She Now?; History ("hidden" track).

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Article: Album Review

Julia Biel: Not Alone

Read "Not Alone" reviewed by Bev Stapleton


This isn't a jazz record, but I imagine it will arouse much more interest from jazz enthusiasts than many of the recent crop of vocal albums that have earned “jazz is back" credits in the mainstream press. Julia Biel has been working with the musicians of the F-IRE Collective on a number of their recent projects. ...


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