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Matthew Jacobson

Born on the 11th August 1986 in Ireland, Matthew Jacobson is a drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and producer currently based in Dublin. He completed his BA in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin in 2008 and in 2010 he received a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Lucerne University, Switzerland. He has represented his country, touring with the European Jazz Orchestra in 2008 and also performs regularly in Ireland and abroad. He is also a co-director of Diatribe Records, Ireland's leading record label for new sounds and the Irish co-producer of European exchange tour network and annual festival Match&Fuse

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The Return Of The Prodigal Son

Label: Diatribe Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Introduction; Us 5; Enlight; Beyond Reasoning; Bucket List; Alice in Wonderland; The Return Of The Prodigal Son.

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Article: Interview

BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention... And Spontaneity

Read "BigSpoon's Chris Engel: Intention...  And Spontaneity" reviewed by Ian Patterson


So much goes into a debut album--a lifetime of learning, experiences and myriad influences. The music that springs forth is also often shaped in subtle and unfathomable ways that are sometimes not entirely clear even to the composer. Some musical reference points may appear obvious, others much less so, and so it is with ...

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Article: Album Review

BigSpoon: The Return Of The Prodigal Son

Read "The Return Of The Prodigal Son" reviewed by Ian Patterson


South African saxophonist Chris Engel has been a ubiquitous figure on the Irish jazz/improvised scene since arriving in Dublin in 2011. Whether in Chris Guilfoyle's modernist Umbra, Cote Calmet's Afro-Peruvian-inspired Phisqa, Italian guitarist Julien Colarossi's quartet or the Weather Report tribute band, Plaza Real, Engel's commitment is total, his fierce technique matched by a fearless improvisatory ...

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2022

Read "Brilliant Corners 2022" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2022 The Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 4-12, 2022 Brilliant Corners is ten. Belfast's onliest jazz festival celebrated the milestone by welcoming audiences back to The Black Box after 2021's virtual edition. When Brilliant Corners was last held here before a live audience, in March 2020, Covid ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...

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A Way A Lone A Last

Label: Diatribe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hox; A Loved A Long; Bridget; A Breath of Fresh Air; Bátá.

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Mere Nation

Label: Diatribe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I’m Benter; Cicaplast; Tricky; Opener; Grove Park; Haiku.

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Good Friday

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Good Friday; Macon St.; Regarding Time; Squirk; Bergen St.; Undone; Rum; Mild Turkish Delight.

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Article: Album Review

Origin Story: Good Friday

Read "Good Friday" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Past and present converge on Good Friday, the persuasive debut from Origin Story—the Dublin-trio of Greg Felton, Matthew Jacobson and Cormac O'Brien. Formerly known as F-JOB, the trio has been gigging since 2016, though the three musicians' paths have crossed in various settings over many more years. On these seven originals it is a case of ...


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