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New Encounter

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: New Encounter, Owl Dance, Faded Colours, The Park, Conceria Hills, Dirillo, Sunset, The East Side, Secret Escape

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Empirical: Out 'N' In

Read "Out 'N' In" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the great things about tributes is that they allow one to revisit and appreciate the influence of artists that deserve more exposure. This is definitely the case with the British group Empirical's tribute to reed player and composer, Eric Dolphy. Out 'n' In was released in 2009 and is still a text book example ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael J McEvoy: The Long Way Home

Read "The Long Way Home" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Michael J McEvoy is something of a musical chameleon--a composer, instrumentalist and producer who's played a crucial role in many musical projects without grabbing the limelight. He's composed film soundtracks (including 2008's Me And Orson Welles), and worked as musician or producer with an extensive array of artists including Ian Dury, Sting, Scritti Politti, the Bee ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Holt Festival 2014

Read "Holt Festival 2014" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Holt Festival Norfolk, UK July 19-27 2014 The nine-day Holt Festival is an intriguing mix: visual arts, theatre, literature, music and comedy all graced its 2014 program across a range of venues in and around the town. The Theatre In The Woods is the jewel in the festival's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Robbie Harvey: Blowin' That Old Tin Can

Read "Blowin' That Old Tin Can" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Robbie Harvey is one of the new young breed of straight-ahead, mainstream, jazz players whose emergence over the last decade or so gives lovers of the genre a warm feeling and an optimism for the future. What's more, his instrument of choice is the trombone. Blowin' That Old Tin Can is his debut album as leader--the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Strong: Stepping Out

Read "Stepping Out" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Not too many years ago it seemed that the art of the male jazz vocalist was heading in the same direction as black and white televisions and 8-track cartridges. One or two notable voices kept the flame alive, but new, young, vocal talent wasn't emerging. Then it started: a slow process, but new male singers began ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dice Factory: Dice Factory

Read "Dice Factory" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

London-based quartet Dice Factory gets its name at least in part from Luke Rhinehart's 1971 novel The Dice Man, a work which seems to have found new fans among the current generation of emerging musicians, writers and artists. Dice Factory contains four such emerging players, each a member of at least one other major UK group--saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILE

Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

Read "Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fini Bearman: Step Up

Read "Step Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Step Up is the debut from British vocalist/songwriter Fini Bearman. Bearman has studied with Judy Niemack, and lists Gretchen Parlato as an influence--two singers with the ability to inhabit the lyrics of a song, giving the impression that even well-worn songbook standards were written about their lives. Bearman shares that quality and also has Cassandra Wilson's ...


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