Daily Archives: December 1, 2018

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Live Review: Lorraine Baker’s Eden at The Brunswick

Lorraine Baker’s Eden The Brunswick, Hove Sunday 7th November, 2018   Lorraine Baker recorded one of the season’s freshest sounding releases with her Eden project, dedicated to exploring the unique legacy of maverick New Orleans drum supremo Ed Blackwell. As Blackwell was a relatively infrequent composer, she’s picked selections from the back catalogue of his…

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Live Review: GoGo Penguin at Concorde 2

GoGo Penguin Concorde 2, Brighton Sunday 11th November, 2018   The Concorde usually hosts mid-ranking rock bands or popular club nights – tonight it’s completely sold out for an acoustic piano trio. Gogo Penguin walk onstage like rockstars to John Carpenter style atmospherics – Chris Illingworth plucks one repeated note from the piano from amidst…

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Live Review: Ezra Collective at Patterns

Ezra Collective Patterns, Brighton Wednesday 14th November, 2018   “This is about joy and happiness and celebrating everything that’s good” proclaims Femi Koleoso. “There’s no boundaries to how you express yourself – dance, shout, be mad quiet and stare – but let’s lose the barriers, we ain’t superstars or nothing”. He’s talking about the crash…

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Album Review: Thelonious Monk – M√łnk

Thelonious Monk Mønk (Gearbox CD 1841)   Live recordings are a precious part of any Jazz collection. If the recording quality is good and the performance outstanding you have a gem to treasure. This session in Copenhagen in 1963 certainly deserves that description. I heard this quartet at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in…

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Album Reviews: Dexter Gordon Quartet

Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental 5990428) Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental 5990431)   Two beautifully packaged CDs from Elemental these are in fact ‘discoveries’ – concert recordings not previously issued. Unfortunately there are many examples of Dexter available, so do they have any special interest? During his 15 years in Copenhagen Dexter acquired an A-list…