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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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Article: Live Review

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet At Regional Cultural Centre

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Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Ireland February 15, 2020 History owes Alice Coltrane much more than the moniker of “John Coltrane's wife." Alina Bzhezhinska makes the point early on to the Letterkenny audience, on this, the final night of her quartet's ten-date Irish tour. A fine, pianist, ...

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Binker Golding Quartet and Denys Baptiste Quartet at the London Saxophone Festival

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Binker Golding Quartet / Denys Baptiste Quartet London Saxophone FestivalThe Jazz Cafe London May 23, 2019 The launch event for the 2019 London Saxophone Festival, which runs until June 16, featured two of the most edge-of-your-seat, high impact, kick-out-the-jams tenor saxophone-led bands in the recorded history of British jazz. ...

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire June 25, 2018 In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles. Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

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Alina Bzhezhinska: Inspiration

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Among the highpoints of London's 2017 jazz diary was the Barbican Centre's A Concert for Alice and John. The event commemorated the 50th and 10th anniversaries of the passing of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. It was headlined by Pharoah Sanders, the most distinguished surviving member of bands led by the Coltranes, who turned in an ...

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Live From Birmingham: Tom Harrison, Tad Newton, Wynton Marsalis & Monocled Man

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Tom Harrison The Bartons Arms June 6, 2014 Some of Tom Harrison's band sidemen are more familiar to seasoned UK jazz fans than the leader himself, but the London saxophonist's film music project will doubtless contribute to improving his own profile. It's the kind of conceptual set-up that is ...

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Jean Toussaint: Tate Song

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Ten albums in twenty five years isn't prolific but in a world awash with inferior music saxophonist Jean Toussaint's unhurried approach has consistently produced high-quality recordings that stand the test of time. What's more, the lapses between releases make each production a bona fide event. Certainly, the four years since his live album and the nine ...

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Presence in Mind

Label: 144Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. Splendid Blues, 2. Bach East, 3. My Love for You, 4. Concerto D'Afro, 5. Presence, 6. Serendipity, 7. Empathy, 8. Fondness, 9. Saved, 10. Lullaby of Love, 11. Brother's Bounce.

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Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet: Live At Campus West

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British multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe began playing the alto saxophone in 1963, just one year before the death of Eric Dolphy. On Live At Campus West Biscoe and his Profiles Quartet pay tribute to Dolphy's legacy with new arrangements of tunes associated with Dolphy as a composer and player, drawing on music from the American's brief but ...


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