Articles by SJM


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Pete Recommends…The Wardell Gray Story

Wardell Gray The Wardell Gray Story [Properbox 55]   In the 1950s two of my friends formed an excellent traditional jazz quintet. They played clarinet and soprano sax respectively. Soon they began listening to Lester Young. Both were tempted to take up the tenor sax, but held back. Then they heard Wardell Gray. Lester plus…

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Live Review: Binker Golding Band at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Binker Golding Band The Verdict, Brighton Friday 26th October, 2018   Saxophonist Binker Golding is probably best known for his duo work in Binker and Moses, as well as his sideman role with the likes of Zara McFarlane and Mr Jukes. Fronting his own band, he performed compositions from his forthcoming album Abstractions of…

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Live Review: Sons of Kemet at Komedia

Sons of Kemet Komedia, Brighton Tuesday 30th October, 2018   There is already a sense of excitement in the air as opener Vels Trio’s drummer Dougal Taylor brings their set of elegantly hip Hancock-esque minimal fusion to a simmering boil. This gig in the low-ceilinged Komedia basement sold out long ago – evidence of a…

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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…

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Sam Carelse: On The Corner

Blotto in Barcelona  This month, I was fortunate enough to visit Barcelona for a short break, hosted by a friend. Our first night was spent on a rooftop bar, and intoxicated by a near-perfect view of the colossal unfinished Art Nouveux masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, with Mars clearly visible in the sky next to its…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2018)

Charlie Anderson rounds up the latest jazz news.   Talented Portuguese guitarist and composer Vitor Pereira returns to The Verdict in Brighton on 17th November with a new album of material. He’s currently crowdfunding to raise money to tour the music around the UK. Also appearing at The Verdict this month are the Mark Cherrie…