Category: Review

1 February 2020

Live Review: Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet at The Verdict

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 29th December, 2019 Seldom-seen tenor player Stone-Lonergan has earned himself an awesome reputation among his fellow London musicians, and those jazz fans who’ve caught him on the rare occasions that he’s emerged to lead a band before the general public. November’s EFG Jazz Festival saw him break cover […]

1 January 2020

Live Review: Quinn Oulton at New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz: Quinn Oulton The Verdict, Brighton Friday 29th November 2019   Multi-instrumentalist, singer, teacher and composer Quinn Oulton was the latest in a long line of young band leaders to showcase their talents during this year’s New Generation Jazz series at Brighton’s Verdict Jazz Club. Fresh from a successful gig at Kansas Smitty’s […]

1 January 2020

Live Review: Ezra Collective at Concorde 2

Ezra Collective Concorde 2, Brighton Wednesday 27th November, 2019   Ezra Collective were at Concorde 2 as part of their UK tour and they were there to party and celebrate their connection to the South Coast. Having performed at New Generation Jazz, Love Supreme and Brainchild festivals it’s no surprise that their biggest listenership on […]

1 December 2019

Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory The Verdict, Brighton Friday 25th October, 2019 It was hard bop twenty first century style when Ugandan born trumpet star Mark Kavuma brought his highly impressive sextet to The Verdict’s monthly New Generation Jazz gig on the last Friday of October. Known as The Banger Factory, […]

1 December 2019

Live Review: Carmen Souza at The Verdict

Carmen Souza The Verdict, Brighton Wednesday 13th November, 2019   Carmen Souza, a Portuguese vocalist of Cape Verdean heritage performed a spectacular tribute to Horace Silver (who shares a similar heritage) and performed a number of his tunes in the distinctive musical styles of Cape Verde, such as morna and funaná. This wasn’t, however, your typical Horace Silver […]

1 December 2019

Book Review: Daniel Spicer – Lost In The Vaults

Lost in the Vaults Daniel Spicer (Elusinian Press)   This is a fascinating and stimulating book. It reprints the complete run of Daniel Spicer’s  column with the same title, as published in Jazzwise magazine between 2006 and 2019. Listing over a hundred rare collectables and forgotten gems of 20th century jazz, it brings together a […]

1 December 2019

Album Review: Calum Gourlay – New Ears

Calum Gourlay Quartet New Ears (Ubuntu – UBU0043) Dark hues prevail in this bass-led project, with the higher register of Helena Kay’s precise, clear-toned tenor and drummer du jour James Maddren’s restless, polyrhythmic cymbal patterns providing the upper frequencies over the rich low end of bass and trombone. Gourlay is a mainstay of the London […]

1 December 2019

Album Review: BATL Quartet – BATL Quartet Live

BATL Quartet BATL Quartet Live Transplanted Perth-to-London tenor man Brandon Allen is a well respected fixture on the UK scene, sharing with Paul Booth the enviable position of being first-call session player for a host of big names while still preserving an unimpeachable name as an echt practitioner of modern jazz. This album will only […]

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