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Brilliant Corners 2023

Read "Brilliant Corners 2023" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland 2-11 March, 2023 One of the highlights of Belfast's music calendar, Brilliant Corners' eleventh annual shindig served up thirteen concerts over nine days. As ever, the main venue was Black Box, where audiences were treated to the best of Irish, British, European and North ...


Lost Bees

Label: Diatribe Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Lost Bees; 5th Neck of the Woods; Fairy Tale; Shore; Haiku; Suspensions; Water; The Answer; In The Same Sphere.


Tunes & Explorations

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Baking Magels; It Could Happen to You: I Should Care; Honeysuckle Rose; Send In the Clowns; Long Ago and Far Away; If I Should Lose You; Pure Imagination; Fun Ride; Sweet and Lovely; Sister Sadie.


Article: Album Review

Roamer: Lost Bees

Read "Lost Bees" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Roamer is vocalist Lauren Kinsella, drummer Matthew Jacobson, bassist/guitarist Simon Jermyn and saxophonist/flautist Matthew Halpin—four of Ireland's most lauded creative musicians. Formed in 2016, the quartet's activities have been frustratingly intermittent in the interim, though it is hardly surprising given that its members are based in London, Cologne, Berlin and Dublin. One early highlight came in ...


Article: Album Review

Florian Ross: Tunes & Explorations

Read "Tunes & Explorations" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Variety and nostalgia are the essence of Tunes & Explorations, the twenty-second album by German-born composer/arranger Florian Ross who observes his fiftieth anniversary by dipping into the Great American Songbook to revive and reshape for his splendid octet a number of luminous evergreens from the Golden Age of American music. Ross underlines the ...


Article: Album Review

Florian Ross Octet: Tunes & Explorations

Read "Tunes & Explorations" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Florian Ross is a German-born composer, arranger and jazz pianist who has a fondness for releasing albums with double names which began with his debut release Seasons & Places (Naxos Records, 1998). He has continued with that “idée fixe" in almost every year in which he has delivered a release. This year is no exception; the ...



Label: Frutex Tracks
Released: 2021
Track listing: To-Do Today, To-Do Dismay; Dancing with The Devil; Dog Day Afternoon; The Beach; Swings and Roundabouts; Sit Up and Shut Down; Awkward Handshakes; Pop Fiction; Treetown; Sigh for Sam; Sleep.


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halpin: Agreements

Read "Agreements" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Irish tenor saxophonist Matthew Halpin has waited for his moment to strike with his debut CD as leader, having graduated from Berklee College of Music as long ago as 2013. Not that he has been coasting; since relocating to Germany, Halpin has recorded with The Owl Ones and Last Chance Dance, just two of half-a-dozen ongoing ...


Swallows & Swans

Label: Toy Piano Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 01 Midway 02 Horologe of Eternity 03 Recurring Dream 04 Swallows 05 Solid Air 06 Looking Inward 07 Cold Smoke 08 Albatros 09 The Silver Swan 10 Kolibri 11 Trip to the Watercooler 12 The Lark in the Clear Sky


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