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Laura Jurd

Laura Jurd is a trumpet player, composer and improviser from the UK. A recipient of multiple awards and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2015-2017, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Performing regularly throughout the UK and Europe, she leads the 2017 Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur who have performed at North Sea, Montreal and Molde International Jazz festivals to name a few. A highly active composer, Laura's is equally at home writing for contemporary chamber groups and orchestras as she is writing for jazz ensembles and improvising musicians

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Article: Album Review

Corrie Dick: Sun Swells

Read "Sun Swells" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Corrie Dick is a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded on drums, piano, vocals, synth, guitar, and trumpet. As a composer, Dick is known for his dynamism, his melodic slant, and his playfully subversive melding of genres. Presenting his sonically inventive drumming, which has a rhythmic epicenter of a new era of innovative British jazz, is Dick's release ...

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Micromotives

Label: Discus Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Union of Egoists, for Anthony Braxton; Unprecedented Times, for Pauline Oliveros; Left-Leaning, for Louis Andriessen; Kilter, for John Zorn; Starlings, for Christian Wolff; Hidden Hand, for Terry Riley; Hung Parliament, for Barry Guy.

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

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Article: Live Review

London Brew At Barbican Centre

Read "London Brew At Barbican Centre" reviewed by Chris May


London Brew Barbican Centre, Main Hall London BrewLondon November 18, 2023 Three years later than originally planned, London Brew made it to the Barbican stage. The star studded ensemble's concert tribute to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) had been intended to mark the fiftieth anniversary of that album. ...

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Article: Album Review

Moss Freed / Union Division: Micromotives

Read "Micromotives" reviewed by John Sharpe


A question any composer for improvisers must face is whether they can create something more worthwhile than what they might come up with if left to themselves. It can be a tough call. For some, such as Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra or Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, the ultimate conclusion was no, while for others ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew

Read "Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew" reviewed by Chris May


New releases from London doff the hat to two 20th century American masterpieces. Both of the new albums feature tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, playing alongside each other and kicking up a storm alongside other luminaries of the London scene. The double album London Brew (Concord) is to be released on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others

Read "Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program features pianists such as Ahmad Jamal and Gonzalo Rubalcaba plus music from a wide variety of sources, including the String Trio of New York and Lennie Niehaus. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...

Album

Sun Swells

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Warehouse; Fingers Full of Meaning; Sinking; She Speaks; Says Who?; Everything The Light Touches; Golden Flowers; We Were Green; Light Blue Igloo; The River

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The Big Friendly Album

Label: Big Friendly Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fuzzy; Sleepless; Little Opener; Passing Clouds; On The Up; Pentatonic; Houseplant; Henry; Here The Tale Ends.


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