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Active Imagination

Label: 22a
Released: 2020
Track listing: So Long Chef; Ahimsa; Gordian Knot Lart I; Gordian Knot Part II; Dansoman Last Stop.

The Piccolo: Tender Plays Tubby

Label: Jazz Detective
Released: 2020
Track listing: Down In The Village; Trenton Place; Raga; In The Night.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rebecca Nash: Peaceful King

Read "Peaceful King" reviewed by Chris May

You can judge a book by its cover, and likewise an album. Sometimes. Too often, striking content fails to follow striking packaging. British keyboard player Rebecca Nash's Peaceful King, however, proves to be as beautiful as its artwork and graphic design. It joins a handful of other more or less recent, promise-fulfilling albums, from which Binker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Walters: Active Imagination

Read "Active Imagination" reviewed by Chris May

A rugged modal-based spiritual-jazz blowing session from the trumpeter Nick Walters, who has one foot in the underground London scene which is shaking up British jazz, and another in his home city, Manchester. Walters is a member of two Manchester bands, Riot Jazz Brass Band and Beats & Pieces Big Band, and leads the London-based Paradox ...

Peaceful King

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Peaceful King; Tumbleweed; Hot Wired; Grace; Dreamer; Lokma; Little Light; Inishbofin.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Beats and Pieces Big Band: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Ian Patterson

You'd be hard pressed to find a similarly sized big-band with the energy and spark exhibited by Manchester outfit Beats and Pieces Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble began life in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008, when Ben Cottrell gathered thirteen of his fellow musicians to give life to his compositions. Ten years on, ...

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Beats & Pieces Big Band: All In

Read "All In" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

While almost every sensible thought screams “Don't Do It!" for good economic and logistical reasons, there are still plenty of jazz musicians for whom the big band is an ideal--and an attainable one at that. Manchester's Beats & Pieces Big Band is a fine example--the name may or may not be a nod to Manchester's '60s ...


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