Tag: Album Review

1 July 2019

Album Review: Nerija – Blume

Nérija Blume (Domino) Nérija were at the forefront of the new musical wave bursting out of the South London/Tomorrow’s Warriors nexus back in pre-Brexit Britain – we booked them for New Generation Jazz’s second ever show in 2016, and featured them again on the Love Supreme bandstand the next year. Four years is a long […]

1 July 2019

Album Review: Dave Drake at Sussex University

Dave Drake Live at Sussex University (self-release) This recording captures a solo concert delivered at the Sussex University Meeting House by the prodigious pianist and local Brighton favourite Dave Drake on one of his visits home from his studies at the New School in Manhattan. Kozen-Rufu Waltz shows his lyrical, romantic side, almost reminiscent of […]

1 June 2019

Album Review: Tom Cawley – catenaccio

Tom Cawley catenaccio (Ubuntu UBU0024)   Tom Cawley’s career has encompassed everything from piano trios at the Blue Note to tours with Peter Gabriel – such is the proficiency and breadth of his musicianship that it’s impossible to predict what each new project will bring. Previous projects have variously shown his facility and versatility as […]

1 June 2019

Album Review: Graviton – The Calling

  Andrew McCormack’s Graviton The Calling (Ubuntu UBU0025) McCormack is probably best known for his acclaimed series of duo recordings with Jason Yarde; this album is a very different beast, showcasing his compositional vision in what might be described as jazz- prog-rock-fusion. McCormack is a formidable virtuoso, fully capable of integrating a range of influences […]

1 June 2019

Album Review: Bonsai – Bonsai Club

Bonsai Bonsai Club (Ubuntu UBU0031)   The artists previously known as Jam Experiment return with a rebranded outfit, now with extra violin courtesy of an Ingham sibling, and a renewed sense of purpose and personality. The extra confidence can be seen in their decision to add vocal tracks to their brand of 21st century jazz […]

1 May 2019

Album Review: Dave Storey Trio – Bosco

Dave Storey Trio Bosco (Impossible Ark Records 025) Dave Storey has emerged from the same London scene based around the RAM post-graduate study program that has incubated so much cutting-edge young talent; his associates on this record are deeply involved with such cross-genre ventures and Golden Age Of Steam (Allsopp) and Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur (Chaplin); […]

1 May 2019

Album Review: Claire Martin – Believin’ It

Claire Martin Believin’ It (Linn AKD 563) This is Claire Martin’s 20th album for Linn Records and it has all of the hallmarks that you would expect from Britain’s top jazz vocalist: assured lines, technical mastery and some hard swinging tunes. Her all Swedish trio are with her every step of the way. Pianist Martin […]

1 May 2019

Album Review: Jazz New Blood Alive 2018

Various Artists Jazz New Blood Alive 2018 (Jazz New Blood) Jazz New Blood Alive 2018 is the third compilation recorded live at the annual showcase series with the same name, part of EFG London Jazz Festival and supported by Waterloo Creative Studio. Patricia Pascal and her team have been documenting the thriving young London jazz […]

1 April 2019

Album Review: Gabriel Latchin Trio – The Moon and I

Gabriel Latchin Trio The Moon and I (Alys Jazz AJ 1502) This nourishing slice of well confected bop traditionalism starts and ends with that most traditional trope, a Rhythm Changes workout – Arthur Go has a crisply constructed head, combining block chords with bluesy inflections with some of the poise of Hank Jones and the […]

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