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Live Review: J-Sonics at The Ropetackle

J-Sonics The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday 7th April, 2018       Mike Flynn’s latin fusion band J-Sonics made a strong impression at last year’s South Coast Jazz Festival and their return to the Ropetackle was filled with the same high-octane energy that characterises this accomplished band.     Beginning their set with Casa Forte, an upbeat samba,…

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Live Review: Rob Luft at The Verdict

Rob Luft The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th April, 2018       Featuring mostly original material from his debut album, Riser, Rob Luft is a skilled guitarist who effortlessly creates any sound-world of his choosing, frequently adding fresh sounds, influenced heavily by Congolese rumba and soukous music. Touring with the same regular band that recorded the…

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Live Review: Martin Speake Quartet at The Verdict

Martin Speake Quartet The Verdict, Brighton  Saturday 21st April, 2018       Alto saxophonist Martin Speake celebrated his 60th birthday this year by recording a new album with his long-time friend and musical associate, US pianist Ethan Iverson.      Performing mostly tunes from the new album, they mixed originals with the odd bebop…

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Live Review: Zara McFarlane at The Komedia

Zara McFarlane The Komedia, Brighton  Saturday 28th March, 2018        The night outside may be freezing but there’s already a decent sized crowd gathered under the Komedia’s notoriously low ceiling and support act Thabo is doing his utmost to warm them up. He gives a lesson in effortless charisma, and despite appearing with just…

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Live Review: Portrait of Cannonball at The Verdict

Portrait of Cannonball The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th March, 2018       Covering all of the classic Adderley brother’s repertoire, this show was put together by pianist Alex Webb and featured the frontline soloing power of alto saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallen. An entertaining show, but hardly a whistle-stop tour of Cannonball’s career,…

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Live Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone at The Verdict

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 4th March, 2018       Touring their new album, Criss Cross, saxophonist Tori Freestone and London Jazz Orchestra bandmate, pianist Alcyona Mick began their set with the title track of Tori’s most recent trio album, El Barranco, reconfigured for piano and saxophone.     Freestone’s strength is…

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Live Review: Arun Ghosh at The Ropetackle

Arun Ghosh Quintet Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Saturday 3rd March, 2018       From the vibrant hues of the passport-style gatefold on his latest CD release But Where Are You Really From?, to his trademark traditional Indian stage gear, the subcontinent-influenced grooves  of rising clarinettist Arun Ghosh have recently been making themselves widely felt, notably…

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Live Review: Ivo Neame Quartet at The Verdict

Ivo Neame Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th February, 2018       Pianist Ivo Neame successfully bridges the gap between contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz with compositions that have an esoteric and highly original voice.     The supporting band of George Crowley, Tom Farmer and James Maddren expertly negotiated some tricky time signature changes…