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Seymour Wright

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Nights on Saturn (communication)

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: Nights on Saturn (communication).

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas" reviewed by Martin Longley


In 2020, the Moers Festival in Germany presented one of the first full post-lockdown events, with its performers physically in place, and its four-day programme resolutely running in the accustomed Eventhalle venue. There was a stage at each end of this cavernous space, with the French-German Arte television crew filming for broadcast on its channel, as ...

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Article: Album Review

[Ahmed]: Nights on Saturn (communication)

Read "Nights on Saturn (communication)" reviewed by Troy Dostert


When [Ahmed] released its debut album, Super Majnoon (Otoroku), in 2019, it provided not only an opportunity to revisit the under-heralded work of pathbreaking bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik. It also offered a bewildering, sometimes intoxicating stew of improvisation that relied equally on minimalist repetition and deeply-rooted grooves. This intrepid team of European musicians, consisting of saxophonist Seymour ...

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Article: Album Review

[Ahmed]: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Read "Super Majnoon (East Meets West)" reviewed by John Sharpe


It's well known that artistic constraints can in fact aid creativity, but few have put the theory into such good practice as [Ahmed]. The international co-operative of improvisers, comprising the British pair of pianist Pat Thomas and saxophonist Seymour Wright, Berlin-based Swedish bassist Joel Grip and French drummer Antonin Gerbal, takes as its unlikely premise the ...

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Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Label: Otoroku
Released: 2019
Track listing: E-Lail (The Night) East; Farah ‘Alaiyna (Joy Upon Us); E-Lail (The Night) West Part I; E-Lail (The Night) West Part II.

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Article: Album Review

Ahmed: Super Majnoon (East Meets West)

Read "Super Majnoon (East Meets West)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There are discoveries in jazz waiting (patiently) to be unearthed. Most of them are hidden in plain sight, like the music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik. Born in Brooklyn in 1927, the bassist performed and recorded with, among others Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Randy Weston. Besides double bass, he pioneered the oud in jazz and ...

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Article: Album Review

Ross Lambert: Magnit-Iz-Dat

Read "Magnit-Iz-Dat" reviewed by John Eyles


In the mid-1980s, guitarist Ross Lambert was first exposed to and immediately became committed to improvisatory music, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey. Since then he has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improv. In November 1999 he was one of the earliest participants in the weekly Friday-evening improv ...

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Article: Album Review

Evan Parker / Seymour Wright: Tie the Stone to the Wheel

Read "Tie the Stone to the Wheel" reviewed by John Eyles


The five tracks on Tie the Stone to the Wheel were recorded at two duo gigs which saxophonists Evan Parker and Seymour Wright played in London and Derby, on consecutive Sundays in October 2014, at the Kernel Brewery and the Derby Theatre Studio. Remarkably, at the Derby gig, it was revealed that when Parker had played ...

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Article: Album Review

Nate Wooley, Seymour Wright: About Trumpet and Saxophone

Read "About Trumpet and Saxophone" reviewed by John Eyles


About Trumpet and Saxophone has an intriguing image across the back and front of its double fold-out sleeve. Painted by Geoff Wright in 1968 and entitled Svetlana, it consists of eight images of a woman which, read from left to right, show her dressing from compete nakedness through the donning of items of underwear to full ...


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