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Portico Quartet

The Portico Quartet are a bunch of guys in their early twenties who play instrumental music. Formed four years ago from two sets of schoolfriends, they share a house in East London, make recordings, and play festivals and clubs. Yet what distinguishes them from dozens of other Hackney hopefuls is the way they sound - a fresh, unclichéd resynthesis and reinvention of music that's both pleasingly familiar and thrillingly new, like World Music from the future. With largely acoustic resources - percussion, bass and wind instruments - they have conjured and refined a group signature that's immediately recognizable

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Article: Album Review

Jasmine Myra: Horizons

Read "Horizons" reviewed by Chris May


Unlike America, a country big enough to support multiple, more or less autonomous jazz scenes, England, like its European neighbours, is more suited to supporting a single centre. However, by a combination of talent and perseverance, a few artists have managed to create regional scenes which flourish independently of London. One such artist ...

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Insert the usual cliches here as you see fit: strange times, “new normal," all that stuff. Still, even while some of us give up on terms like “normal" and get used to the idea that there may never be a post-Covid world, great music and art never stops. Amidst another bumper crop of more things than ...

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Monument

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Opening; Impressions; Ultraviolet; Ever Present; Gateway; Monument; A.O.E.; Warm Data; Portal; On the Light.

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Terrain

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I; II; III.

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Article: Album Review

Portico Quartet: Terrain

Read "Terrain" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Much like the world of its creation—that of spring 2020, in the early phase of the Covid-19 shutdown—this Terrain is a landscape both familiar and strange. The ingredients of Portico Quartet's one-of-a-kind sound are recognizably there: the nebulous electronic soundscaping, the organic and gently compelling rhythms, the resonant tone of the hang drum which always feels ...

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Article: Interview

Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn

Read "Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn" reviewed by Chris May


After five years without the release of any newly recorded material, the British trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has returned in winter 2020 with a fresh new band and a sparkling new album, Salute To The Sun, on his Gondwana Records label. It is more than good to have him and his music back.

Article: Live Review

Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


The Best of Belgian Jazz 19|20 Flagey Bruxelles 15-16.1.2020 Giunto alla sua sesta edizione, il festival jazz di Bruxelles è diventato in breve tempo un importante punto di riferimento per l'attivissima scena musicale belga, grazie a un programma che dà molto spazio ai giovani musicisti locali, pur senza rinunciare a ...

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Memory Streams

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: With, Beside, Against; Signals in the Dusk; Gradient; Ways of Seeing; Memory Palace; Offset; Dissident Gardens; Double Helix; Immediately Visible.

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Another year, another wealth of goodies, and as usual it seems unfair to narrow down so many fine offerings to only a dozen favorites. Also as usual, there were a couple late discoveries that would have deserved to be included here last year if I'd known about them at the time. Belated credit goes to the ...


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