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Kenny Wheeler


Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo. His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro particularly. After his arrival in London, Wheeler balanced commercial dance band work with gigs alongside modernists like Joe Harriott and Ronnie Scott, and in 1959 joined the Johnny Dankworth band in time for their breakthrough Newport Jazz Festival appearance


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Richard Fairhurst: Inside Out

Read "Inside Out" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Richard Fairhurst was 19 when he released the first of three albums as the leader of The Hungry Ants. Approaching his 50th birthday in 2024, he has gone on to become one of the most distinctive pianists and composers in the UK. He presents his ideas on Inside Out in a piano trio arrangement. This is ...


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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2024

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2024" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival National Drama Theater Vilnius, Lithuania May 23-26, 2024 Intro As every year since 2002, the cosmopolitan Lithuanian capital jny:Vilnius once again hosted the Mama Jazz Festival. While customarily booking acts that might please a wide range of music lovers, the bill this year was one of ...


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Julian Siegel Quartet At Magy's Farm

Read "Julian Siegel Quartet At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Julian Siegel Quartet Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland April 27, 2024 Johannes Weege, co-founder of German jazz club Doubletime had traveled all the way from Hamelin. Apart from Double Time, the medieval town is famed for the story of the Pied Piper, who lured the town's children away with his hypnotic ...


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Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues

Read "Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues" reviewed by Chris May

The spring 2024 iteration of ECM's audiophile vinyl reissue series, Luminessence, presents another trio of landmark albums: Jan Garbarek Quartet's Afric Pepperbird, from 1971, Keith Jarrett and Garbarek's Luminessence, from 1975, and Azimuth's Azimuth, from 1977. The combined scope of the music on the three discs (which come with new liner notes) is prairie wide, and ...

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Mark Turner: Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A due anni di distanza dalla pubblicazione di Return from the Stars il pianoless quartet di Mark Turner torna con questo corposo doppio album: oltre due ore di musica che documentano il meglio delle serate al Village Vanguard del 18 e 19 giugno 2022. Musicalmente la distanza che lo separa dal disco ECM, ...


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Jim West: 40 Years and Going Strong at Justin Time Records

Read "Jim West: 40 Years and Going Strong at Justin Time Records" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall

Owner of Canada's Justin Time Records, the multi-award-winning Jim West, has brought stellar top performers from the Canadian music scene and the USA to the global stage since 1983 for almost half a century, and that's some heavyweight “cred." To celebrate, the label has crafted a compilation, 40 Years of ...


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Brilliant Corners 2024

Read "Brilliant Corners 2024" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2024 Black Box/Accidental Theatre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 1-9, 2024 At a time when veteran rock acts on their last legs are asking cash-strapped punters to part with hundreds of pounds to stand in a stadium to hear the same hits as the last tour, and the tour ...


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Matt Anderson: Live at Leeds Jazz Festival

Read "Live at Leeds Jazz Festival" reviewed by Neil Duggan

To appreciate the synergy and spirit of a band it often pays to hear them play live. The quality of their playing and their abilities to interact are laid bare. Releasing their first live recording, the Matt Anderson Quartet can do so confidently having spent nearly a decade touring and recording together. Live at ...


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George Winstone: Odysseus

Read "Odysseus" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Surprisingly, George Winstone's album Odysseus has no connection with Greek Mythology, the Trojan War or Homer's epic poem. For Winstone, the title just seemed to fit. Indeed, it does seem apt; the soundscapes and moods that Winstone, together with guitarist Ben Monder, create would be suitable for the arc of many a journey narrative.


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