Album Review

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Album Review: Lorraine Baker’s Eden – Spark!

Lorraine Baker’s Eden Spark! (Spark006)   Here’s something new – a young drummer leading a tribute to veteran New Orleans sticksman Ed Blackwell, with a band that features streetwise new-thing iconoclast Binker Golding alongside long-established, critically acclaimed pianist and mentor Liam Noble, with feisty newcomer Paul Michael providing tough, imagnative basslines and credited with key…

Album Review: Hexagonal – McCoy and Mseleku

Hexagonal McCoy & Mseleku (Hexagonal Records – HRCD101)   John Donaldson’s piano style – dynamic, exciting, heavy with dense left hand chording and furious pentatonic runs –  has drawn comparisons with that of McCoy Tyner, and he worked extensively with maverick South African pianist/composer Mseleku before the latter’s untimely death. Ensconced in his Hastings stronghold,…

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Album Review: Joel Lyssarides – Dreamer

Joel Lyssarides Dreamer (Naxos PCD178)     Peering out from the corner of the rich musical tapestry of Scandinavia, we encounter Swedish-born pianist and composer Joel Lyssarides and the release of his debut album The Dreamer, an interesting work with unique influences making themselves present on this album. While we do get an occasional glimpse…

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Album Review: Mark Kavuma – Kavuma

Mark Kavuma Kavuma (UBUNTU – UBU0007)       As the rising generation of young British jazz musicians continues to attract the attention of the wider world, Mark Kavuma arrives to add his voice to the chorus with this debut release. It features many of the stalwarts of London’s late-night blowing scene; closing track The Church…

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Album Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone – Criss Cross

Alycona Mick & Tori Freestone Criss Cross (Whirlwind Recordings WR4722)       Freestone is one of the UK’s most intriguing and creative musicians, exploring the space where jazz, improv, folk music and contemporary classical intersect. Alcyona Mick has a similarly diverse artistic portfolio that encompasses film scores, her own duo/trio Blink and work with international…