Live Review

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Love Supreme Festival 2017 reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Love Supreme Festival Glynde, Sussex Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July, 2017       Oli Howe’s trio Howes3 helped start Love Supreme’s fifth incarnation with a selection of original compositions, the highlight of which was a guest appearance by energetic and uplifting vocalist Abi Flynn, who co-wrote the tune Day 7 with Oli Howe….

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Keezer & Margot at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot The Verdict, Brighton Monday 5th June 2017        Beginning with a masterclass, in association with Brighton Jazz School (of which Keezer is a patron), husband and wife team Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot answered questions from the audience that covered everything from musical empathy, rubato, introductions, rhythm, song choice…

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ENEMY at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

ENEMY The Verdict, Brighton Monday 22nd May 2017            ENEMY, a superb trio of Kit Downes, Petter Eldh and James Maddren, was formed as a reaction to how Kit thinks about “complexity, and how liberating it can be”. And although this was an evening of complex music, it was also an evening of…

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MAISHA at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

MAISHA New Generation Jazz, The Verdict, Brighton Friday 31st March 2017        Drummer Jake Long’s MAISHA specialise in post-Coltrane world-influenced music, very much in the spirit of Pharaoh Sanders and this was apparent from the first number, Welcome to a New Welcome.     The final piece of the first set was introduced by an…

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Rick Simpson’s Klammer at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Rick Simpson’s Klammer The Verdict, Brighton Friday 14th April 2017       A mesmerising evening of highly original contemporary material from pianist Rick Simpson featured some outstanding performances from reedsman Mike Chillingworth and saxophonist-of-the-moment George Crowley.     Simpson’s esoteric compositions were ideally suited to the wide range of timbres at his disposal, including Chillingworth’s bass…