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Ruth Goller

Hailed by the Guardian for her “thunderous bass-guitar hooks”, Ruth Goller is a bassist, vocalist, composer, environmentalist and now solo artist.

Goller helped lay the foundation for the UK’s jazz renaissance, from her years on stage with Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down, to more recently Let Spin and Vula Viel, whilst performing and recording with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Mercury-Award nominee Kit Downes, Sam Amidon, Bojan Z, Marc Ribot, Rokia Traoré, and Paul McCartney.

On ‘Skylla’, Goller in some ways returns to the pure untaught instincts that drove her as a teen punk musician. Working with different tunings for each song, Goller composes instinctively based on what she hears in every moment. As Goller puts it, “at that point muscle memory doesn’t work anymore so I have to trust my ear completely”. While predominantly a solo work, Goller is aided on ‘Skylla’ by accomplished and celebrated vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant. The final contribution is from Kit Downes with the post-production and mixing of the record.

Album

Dolomite

Label: DēngYuè Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: 1. Jole 2. Flex and Float 3. I Fliag 4. Volo

Album

Skyllumina

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2024
Track listing: Below My Skin; Reach Down Into The Deepest White; Of Snowhere; Next Time I Keep My Hands Down; All The Light I Have, I Hand To You; She Was My Own She Was Myself; How To Be Free From It; From Breaks To Shreds, It’s A Short Path; Don’t Follow Me; I Have For You.

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Article: Album Review

Tomeka Reid Quartet: 3+3

Read "3+3" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz cello has come a long way since Fred Katz's pioneering work with Chico Hamilton in the 1950s. Back then, the instrument was looked on as a novelty turn. In 2024, while still relatively avant-garde, its presence in a lineup is less exceptional. A pivotal point was American cellist Adbul Wadud's By Myself (Bishara, 1977), an ...

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Article: Album Review

Shabaka Hutchings: Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

Read "Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace" reviewed by Chris May


Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... Since signing with with Impulse! in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors. Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace marks the start of a gentler, more instrospective phase in his music ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues

Read "Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues" reviewed by Chris May


The spring 2024 iteration of ECM's audiophile vinyl reissue series, Luminessence, presents another trio of landmark albums: Jan Garbarek Quartet's Afric Pepperbird, from 1971, Keith Jarrett and Garbarek's Luminessence, from 1975, and Azimuth's Azimuth, from 1977. The combined scope of the music on the three discs (which come with new liner notes) is prairie wide, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Awen Ensemble: Cadair Idris

Read "Cadair Idris" reviewed by Chris May


Here in Britain, jazz and folk music intersections have a long history. Putting aside the US-centric fusions of the trad bands of the 1950s, as exemplified by the Chris Barber Band's blend of New Orleans jazz and Depression-era folksongs, the movement really kicked off in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Husband and wife team John ...

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Article: Interview

Cassie Kinoshi: Letting The Sunshine In

Read "Cassie Kinoshi: Letting The Sunshine In" reviewed by Chris May


Cassie Kinoshi, the acclaimed British composer and alto saxophonist, made her name as a founder member of the Afrobeat-inspired band Kokoroko and with her own ten-piece Seed Ensemble. Her work pushes social change, interrogating inequality and injustice, mainly through instrumental music, occasionally with lyrics, and always with invention and singularity. Seed's sophomore album, gratitude (International Anthem, ...

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Article: Album Review

Cassie Kinoshi: Gratitude

Read "Gratitude" reviewed by Chris May


Although she emerged on the British jazz scene as part of the cohort of saxophonists associated with London's post-2015 underground scene--among them Nubya Garcia, Binker Golding, Camilla George and Shabaka Hutchings--alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi has always stood somewhat apart. Her membership of the Afrobeat-inspired band Kokoroko placed her firmly in that underground scene, but her embrace ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benjamin Herman, Janning Trumann, Ruth Goller, Guido Spannocchi & More

Read "Benjamin Herman, Janning Trumann, Ruth Goller, Guido Spannocchi & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A playlist in which edgy and calm take turns, but never at the expense of the surprise factor.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Benjamin Herman “Hornin' Out" Nostalgia Blitz (Dox) 0:16 Oan Kim “Caravane Mélancolique" Oan Kim & the Dirty Jazz (Artwork) 3:24 Host ...


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