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Mike Walker

Born in Salford in 1962, Mike took fifteen years to realise, that his father's piano playing, his mother's singing, and his brother's guitar playing, might just have genetically predisposed him towards a love of corduroy. Realising, however, that careers in the King's cords were somewhat thin on the ground, Mike turned his attention to the chords of Kings. In his case, Mike's royalty comprised Wes, Joe, Pat, John, Larry, Tal et al. After long months of solitary woodshedding, Mike launched himself upon the Manchester scene with River People, a much loved fusion band comprising Mike on his trusted, and even then, rusted 335 guitar; Paul Allen on fretless bass; Tim Franks on drums, and the always astounding Paul Kilvington (a.k.a. Bob Session) on keyboards. Mike's playing drew the attention of Alan Butler, a vibraphone player of considerable, and deserved repute, who in the 1980's had a long running residency at the Malt Shovels, a well-known 'jazz' pub in Altrincham

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

Read "Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...

Ropes

Label: Madhouse
Released: 2019
Track listing: Still Slippy Underfoot; Ropes Movement 1 – Bound To Let Go; Ropes Movement 2 – Knots; Ropes Movement 3 – Kiss The Hills For Me, Just Once; Devon Bean; Wallenda’s Last Stand; Madhouse And The Whole Thing There; Slip Not…

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival Ambleside, UK August 29-September 1, 2019 'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4" reviewed by James Fleming

Days 1-2 | Days 3-4 Sligo Jazz Project Various Venues Sligo, Ireland July 24-29, 2018 July 26, 2018When the wind died down the day turned humid and heavy. Clouds hung low in the sky, grey and oppressive. And as Sligo's people sipped their coffees and settled down at their ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2" reviewed by James Fleming

Days 1-2 | Days 3-4Sligo Jazz Project Various Venues Sligo, Ireland July 24-29, 2018 July 24, 2018 The Garavogue River flows slow and lazy through the centre of town to Sligo Harbour. Mountains stand in the distance out in Yeats country, green and rocky, overlooking the fields on the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker: The Space Between

Read "The Space Between" reviewed by Vic Albani

Già piuttosto impegnati con le rispettive formazioni in cui militano attualmente (l'uno con Cinematic Orchestra e Slowly Rolling Camera, l'altro con Impossible Gentlemen e Printmakers), i “due di Manchester" ci riprovano e un paio di anni dopo il precedente Beholden, ripropongono un nuovo CD chitarristico. Parliamo di Stuart McCallum e Mike Walker, amici di vecchia data ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon

Read "Live From Old York: Paolo Angeli, Derek Gripper, Geoff Lakeman, John Warren & Iain Dixon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Paolo Angeli/Derek Gripper The National Centre For Early Music February 16, 2017 On this double-billed evening, acoustic guitars were found in their extreme opposites states, spreading from purity to perversion. From South Africa, Derek Gripper plays a natural axe, amplified only modestly, direct into a respectfully- distanced microphone. From Sardinia, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Birmingham: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Erja Lyytinnen & The Impossible Gentlemen

Read "Live From Birmingham: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Erja Lyytinnen & The Impossible Gentlemen" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hare & Hounds September 29, 2016 The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble don't struggle to cram the main upstairs room of the Hare & Hounds, as now-regular guests of its Leftfoot promoters. Although now dwelling in Brooklyn, the Hypnotics mostly grew up in jny: Chicago, and seven of them ...


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