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Tamil Rogeon: Son Of Nyx

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An energetic, modal, fusion release coming out of the alternative jazz scene in Melbourne, Australia, Son of Nyx is a good album which almost succeeds in being more than that, but, frustratingly, does not achieve lift-off until the closing track, “Horns No Eyes." Tamil Rogeon first surfaced as co-leader of the jazz and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

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Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music

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A relatively new name on London's alternative jazz scene, the German-born violinist, vocalist and composer Johanna Burnheart has made a rapid ascent since leaving the city's Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She has played on three of the scene's benchmark albums--spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Samuel Hällkvist: Epik Didaktik Pastoral

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Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist's rifftastic electric trio plays an exhilarating mixture of jazz, prog rock and minimalist music. Riffs aside, the key ingredients are cross rhythms, rhythmic displacement and lavish servings of MIDI-enabled keyboards and tuned percussion. The result is heavy on the tension and light on the release. A close comparator is Swiss keyboard player ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yazz Ahmed: The Inclusive Saboteuse

Read "Yazz Ahmed: The Inclusive Saboteuse" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Pretty much from the beginning of her career, trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed has been intent on sabotaging the walls and fences that divide the jazz world, championing an inclusive vision in which Arabic traditions blend seamlessly with loops and electronics, and rock and pop can offer jazz plenty of inspiration. Two years ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Geoffrey Eales: Transcience

Read "Transcience" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Transience is Welsh pianist/composer Geoffrey Eales' thirteenth release dating back to 1999. All of the words and music are by Eales, and he has taken this opportunity to express in music his feelings about how ephemeral human existence is in general, but also specifically of the passing within the past year of his mother, as well ...

Edentide

Label: Suntara Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: For the Uncommon Man; The Turning House; Sven's Island; Glass; Four for One; On Haast Beach; Minami; Edentide

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Noel Langley: Edentide

Read "Edentide" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A deep and lugubrious ship's foghorn of brass wailing evolves into a fanfare rendition of a theme repeated throughout this debut (and long overdue) recording by trumpet maestro Noel Langley. In “For the Uncommon Man" Langley weaves a hypnotic solo surrounded by a variety of musical embellishments including delicate harp interwoven with resonant vibraphone. ...


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