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Signs of Life by Zoöphyte

Label: Howlin' Werewolf
Released: 2020
Track listing: Los Retablos; Füsun; Stone Cold Killah; House on the Corner; Olive, Butterfly & Stork; (Feel Like I'm) Chained to a Rock; The Caribou; What's Your Favourite Planet?; My Dreams Are All in Black and White; Füsun (alt take)

MY IRIS Live!

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Amber; I Can’t Find my Other Brush; Shirley; Eric’s Tune; Abbott & Costello; Free to Fall.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Zoöphyte: Signs Of Life

Read "Signs Of Life" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A zoophyte is the ancient Greek term for an invertebrate animal resembling a plant. So, an odd name for a band, perhaps. Mythical zoophytes, like the plant that grew sheep as its fruit, were commonplace in Medieval herbals--tomes describing the culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, and magical qualities of plants. These were, in less scientific times, attempts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

MY IRIS: MY IRIS Live!

Read "MY IRIS Live!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Unable to undertake its scheduled April tour due to COVID 19, MY IRIS, the quartet led by saxophonist Trish Clowes, releases this live recording culled from gigs in Belfast and Galway in October 2019. Captured on Zoom recorder, Clewes has done an admirable job in producing a presentable sound on this digital-download, Bandcamp release. More importantly, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Galway Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity

Read "Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity" reviewed by Ian Patterson

If it hadn't been that day, twenty some years ago when the young Trish Clowes first felt the pull of the tenor saxophone, it would surely have been another. Barely in her teens at the time, Shropshire-born saxophonist and award-winning composer Clowes already played piano, clarinet and sang when she went to see her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

Read "Ninety Degrees Gravity" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Trish Clowes: My Iris

Read "My Iris" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's an energy and a focus about this, Clowes fourth album for UK indie Basho records, that suggests a creative breakthrough. My Iris has kept that restlessness and love of music irrespective of genre apparent in Clowes earlier work, but feels a better constructed programme where the stylistic shifts are organic developments that blend naturally into ...


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