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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Kit Downes: Obsidian

Read "Obsidian" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In 2013, pianist/organist Kit Downes, along with saxophonist Tomas Challenger, released Wedding Music (Loop Records) featuring Downes on the B-3 organ at Huddersfield University's St Paul's Church. That recording was moored in an ethereal setting that gave it an ambient, but stately quality and the duo reunited under similar conditions for Vyamanikal (Slip Imprint, 2016). In ...

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Article: Album Review

Àine O'Dwyer: Gallarais

Read "Gallarais" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Places of worship are hardly new venues for jazz or other forms of non-sectarian music. As far back as 1927, Fats Waller had recorded two pipe organ solos in a church in Camden, New Jersey. Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd recorded Jazz Samba (Barclay-Verve, 1962) at the Washington, D.C. All Souls Church on the corner of ...

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Article: Album Review

Brass Mask: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


London's LOOP Collective has many talented members, including saxophonist and composer Tom Challenger and his band, Brass Mask. The nine-piece band--the octet which appeared on debut album Spy Boy (Babel Label, 2013) plus percussionist Jon Scott--mixes New Orleans, country blues, brass bands and contemporary jazz (including the influence of Henry Threadgill) and electronica. Many of these ...

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Article: Live Review

Galway Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Galway Jazz Festival Various Venues jny:Galway, Ireland October 7-9, 2016 The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

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Article: Album Review

Kit Downes Tom Challenger: Vyamanikal

Read "Vyamanikal" reviewed by Duncan Heining


This a beautiful and elegiac record but one that is not afraid to walk in the shadows. Other artists have utilised the combination of saxophone and organ--John Surman and Howard Moody's Rain on the Window and Jan Garbarek and Kjell Johnsen's Aftenland spring to mind. However, Kit Downes and Tom Challenger's Vyamanikal is quite different in ...

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Article: Jazzin' Around Europe

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

Read "Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, ...

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Article: Album Review

George Crowley: Can Of Worms

Read "Can Of Worms" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


A tin full of slimy, wriggly, things bursts open, scaring the oddly mismatched young couple. It's not your usual jazz album cover art, but it suits the title of the second album from young UK saxophonist George Crowley--Can Of Worms--and Crowley carries on the motif with further creepy-crawlies on the inside of the sleeve. Not that ...

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Article: Album Review

Ma: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Ma is part of London's endlessly intriguing Loop Collective, a grouping of younger-generation musicians and bands that includes pianist Ivo Neame, vibes player and drummer Jim Hart, trumpeter Rory Simmons and many others. Saxophonist Tom Challenger leads Ma: he's joined in the core trio by Matt Calvert on synths and laptop and by Dave ...


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