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Live Review: Tom Barford

New Generation Jazz: Tom Barford Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 30th November, 2018 Saxophonist Tom Barford appeared at The Verdict as part of the New Generation Jazz series to promote his latest album, Bloomer, on Edition Records. They mixed tunes from the album with other original material, most notably from guitarist and composer Billy Marrows. They…

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Live Review: Jonny Mansfield Elftet at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Jonny Mansfield Elftet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 7th December, 2019 Vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield, a graduate of the Royal Academy jazz course, and the most recent recipient of the Kenny Wheeler Prize, brought his ambitious eleven-piece project to Brighton, combining strings, brass and woodwind with vocals, guitar and vibraphone. They began with an…

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Album Review: Theon Cross – Fyah

Theon Cross Fyah (Gearbox GB1550) Theon Cross is something of a tuba phenomenon on the new young London jazz scene; his virtuosity, imagination and sheer stamina on the unwieldly brass monster have powered such of the pivotal outfits as Cassie Kinoshi’s Seed Ensemble, Moses Boyd’s Exodus and, of course, Shabaka Hutchings’ current Mercury-nominated, globetrotting Sons Of…

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Album Review: SEED Ensemble – Driftglass

Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble Driftglass (Jazz Re:freshed) From altoist and sometime Nérija frontliner Kinoshi, comes this big, joyous project featuring a host of luminaries from the hipper end of the young London scene. Kinoshi favours big brass fanfares over hypnotic bass ostinatos, beats drawn from club culture as much as from jazz, and an energetic, freewheeling approach…

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Album Review: Rosie Turton – Rosie’s 5ive

Rosie Turton Rosie’s 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed) Rosie Turton is firmly embedded in the South London scene that’s burst into prominence in the last 18 months; her regular gig as a member of Nérija placed her alongside the movement’s star players Nubya Garcia and Cassie Kinoshi, and this release marks another in the second wave of…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2019)

    With a new year comes a new season of gigs, with some exciting announcements. Sun Ra Arkestra return for their annual gigs at the Con Club in Lewes. Previous years have seen them add an extra show due to tickets being sold out in advance. They will be performing on 21st and 22nd April….