Day: 1 February 2020

1 February 2020

Album Review: Terry Pack’s Trees – Into the Woods

Terry Pack’s Trees Into The Woods (New Leaf NL 001) For those of you who are unfamiliar with ‘Trees’ Big Band it is a contemporary jazz orchestra led by bassist, composer, arranger and orchestrator Terry Pack containing some of the finest jazz musicians from South East England and beyond. Back in 2017 they launched their […]

1 February 2020

Words… Sudhi S Pooniyil

I was born and brought up in a small town, Alappuzha in the Southern Indian state of Kerala. Mine was a creative family: My Dad was a writer and my Mum a musician. Memories of my childhood are rather sober, poignant and chaotic. Although I had a lot of friends, I was lone in a […]

1 February 2020

Big Band Scene (Feb. 2020)

So far, in the so-called real world, things appear to be going from bad to worse. It seems that our very own Duke and Duchess are abandoning the county to enjoy transatlantic attractions. And that the White House incompetent is disregarding international law to exacerbate the crisis in the Middle East, with repercussions likely to […]

1 February 2020

Interview: Lewis Wright

Vibraphonist, composer and member of Empirical, Lewis Wright spoke to Charlie Anderson ahead of his appearance at The Verdict in his duo with Kit Downes. You’re touring your duo project with pianist Kit Downes, tell us about your relationship with him and why you enjoy performing with him. Kit and I have known each other […]

1 February 2020

Interview: Zeñel

Noah Stoneman (keys), Laurence Wilkins (trumpet/effects) and Zoe Pascal (drums) from the group Zeñel were interviewed by Charlie Anderson ahead of their appearance at The Verdict as part of New Generation Jazz. How did you first get into music? Laurence: My mum is a piano teacher and my dad wrote music for adverts and corporate events […]

1 February 2020

Column: Eddie Myer – Best ofs

Now it’s February, and everyone’s “Best Of 2019” lists are in, which means that culture journalists now have to cast around for some new content after an easy January. Of course this year they had to choose between a ‘Best Of 2019’ and a ‘Best Of The Decade’ – the latter now an implausible confection, […]

1 February 2020

Column: Pat Pascal – London Jazz Nights

Buster Mantis was alive yesterday celebrating 1 year of Champion Sounds – a weekly improvised groove-jazz session that happens every Wednesday. The energy felt in the packed room was massive and the brilliant line-up gifted us with a set of unforgettable real-time music-creation completely off the charts. The names are well known in the scene […]

1 February 2020

Column: Simon Spillett – Mass Observation

Now here’s a market stall purchase I’m delighted to have made quite by chance earlier today. ‘The Observer’s Book of Jazz’, published in 1978 by Frederick Warne Ltd., was one of the first books I ever read on the music – perhaps even THE first, it’s hard to recall at this distance. Yet I remember […]

1 February 2020

Jazz Essentials: Andrew Hill – Verona Rag

Andrew Hill Verona Rag (Soul Note) sse The obvious choice of all of  pianist Andrew Hill’s many fine albums would be Point of Departure, his outstanding 1964 Blue Note set with Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson and a ridiculously young Tony Williams, among others. But Hill’s discography includes many other gems, including this fine solo set […]

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