Album Review

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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…

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Album Review: Martin Speake – Intention

Martin Speake Intention (Ubuntu Music UBU0009)       Martin Speake is a significant figure in contemporary British jazz, with 18 albums under his belt, including a notable collaboration with Paul Motian, and  a long-standing and pivotal teaching post at Trinity Laban. Ethan Iverson has an established international reputation, and presumably more time on his hands…

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Album Review: Jeff Williams – Lifelike

Jeff Williams Lifelike (Whirlwind WR4721)       Jeff William’s contribution to jazz history stretches back to his epochal 1970s collaboration with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach’s Lookout Farm, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. This recording follows on from 2016s well-received Outlier; in a kind of trans-atlantic talent swap, guitarist Phil Robson has…