Champagne Dub ‘Rainbow’ LP (On The Corner) 4/5
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3d ago
Champagne Dub follow up debut, Drops, with Rainbow, another set of “psychedelic dub rituals”. The quartet features drummer Maxwell Hallett AKA Betamax of Comet Is Coming/Soccer 96, bassist Ruth Gollar, “medieval science experimentalist” Ed Briggs with DIY electronics and mysterious Peruvian vocaliser, Mr Noodles. Betamax says “We are here to create raw metamorphic rock-rituals. What does that sound like? We need to go on an exploration of complete positive creativity. It needs to be genuine. It’s a chemistry experiment”. “Sink” kicks off the record. A murky dose of ethno-psychedelia built on a ..read more
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Dee Byrne ‘Outlines’ 180g Vinyl (Whirlwind Recordings) 4/5
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3d ago
As an inspirational starting point for her album Outlines, London based alto saxophonist, composer and improviser Dee Byrne made the decision ‘to follow impulse without being attached to outcome’. Her first creative ideas for the album were visual, in the form of sketches which morphed into musical motifs and compositional outlines. She was attracted to the energy captured by the drawing process and sought to express this in the form of what she describes as ‘genuine musical sketches’. Her area of interest is the meeting of structured, composed material with free improvisation. ‘For me, the ma ..read more
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Pavel Morochovič ‘Harmony I: Prologue Suite For Piano’ LP/CD (Hevhetia) 5/5
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4d ago
Back in 2015 I had this to say about Pavel Morochovič Trio’s debut album “Awakening”: “There is potential here for this trio to become one of Europe’s leading lights.” Nine years later we’d heard nothing from the elusive Slovakian pianist… until now. “Harmony Part 1” is a solo piano recording from Morochovič, recorded as a suite in ten parts. Is the trio still working together? Are they likely to record again soon? These questions remain unanswered and will have to wait for now. We know that in 2016 the pianist took a part in the European project Criss Cross Europe. This project brought togeth ..read more
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Liv Andrea Hauge Trio ‘Ville Blomster’ LP/CD (HUBRO) 4/5
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4d ago
Liv Andrea Hauge is an Oslo-based pianist originally from Mosjøen in Nordland. Having studied jazz piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music, she has made a mark with Kongle Trio (with Veslemøy Narvesen on drums and Øystein Skjelstad Østensen on bass) and Laydbird Orchestra. In 2022, her trio released “Live from St.Hanshaugen”, an album recorded in her living room, followed by the 2023 release “Hva nå, Ekko?”, featuring Marte Eberson, Ragnhild Moan, Signe Emmeluth, Torstein Lavik Larsen, Fredrik Luhr, and Andreas Winther. For Hauge’s latest release, “Ville Blomster” (Wild Flowers), this trio rec ..read more
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David Miilmann Group ‘What’s Left’ LP/CD (April) 4/5
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6d ago
If we take the music that people make as being a sincere reflection of their life experiences then we shouldn’t either regard the music as being relegated to simply “happy” or “sad” but as honest responses to these life events. That’s perhaps an unusual way to begin an album review but for a release that deals with the weight of so much going into the project, it would perhaps be short-sighted – if I may say – to cite the album as subsequently being a sombre listen. Marking the second full-length release for the David Miilmann Group, the Danish quintet unveiled their sophomore album ‘What’s Le ..read more
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Natascha Rogers ‘Onaida’ LP (NØ FØRMAT!) 4/5
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1w ago
In the Tarot, the Hermit card suggests the querent set out on a journey, not out into the world but into themselves. The Hermit advises a worldly withdrawal to drown out the noise and hear your deepest truths, for Onaida Natascha Rogers undertook her own Hermit’s quest. Used to accompanying artists worldwide, Onaida finds Rogers on her own, channelling ancestral inspirations and returning to her first instrument, the piano. Onaida is beautifully intimate and yet incredibly open. Searching the darkest depth for echoes of her histories, much like the lantern in the Hermit card, Onaida is the bea ..read more
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John Surman ‘Words Unspoken’ CD (ECM) 5/5
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1w ago
John Surman, who turns 80 in 2024, has been a vital force in British and European jazz for more than half a century. Having established himself as a unique soloist and leading light in the 1960s in groups led by Mike Westbrook and Chris McGregor, it was his collaboration with John McLaughlin on the guitarist’s brilliant 1969 album “Extrapolation” that first drew his wondrous playing to my attention. And in a strangely apt kind of way, “Words Unspoken” feels like an album that brings the saxophonist home, as here we find Surman collaborating with another brilliant, young British guitarist, Rob ..read more
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Marie “Queenie” Lyons ‘Soul Fever’ 180g Vinyl (Vampisoul) 5/5
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1w ago
The brand new (Harriet) Wheeler Records label of 1952 is where we first encounter the reference of Rose Marie McCoy, assuming part of their writing team. Louisiana-born McCoy would soon have great success as a songwriter, collaborating with Charlie Singleton on several hits during 1954 for The Du Droppers, Fay Adams and Ruth Brown, singing “Dippin’ In My Business” and “Down Here” for CAT Records, New York and noted for dropping by the New York Atlantic Records offices with her writing to demonstrate her work, Lyons would go on to win at The BMI Song Awards of 1955 for “If I May”, the co-penned ..read more
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Trio Grande ‘Urban Myth’ 180g Vinyl (Whirlwind Recordings) 4/5
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1w ago
The fiery inventiveness of Trio Grande continues to impress on this, the trio’s second release. Following their inaugural album back in 2020, this time round the dynamic has shifted slightly, with Nate Wood (who quite astonishingly plays drums and bass simultaneously) replacing drummer Antonio Sanchez. The creative partnership of Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Will Vinson (saxophone) remains intact though, and it is their efficacious pairing that drives the trio, with their compositions (and two covers) further embedding the band’s unique identity. Trio Grande as a unit combines many styles and ..read more
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Alex Hitchcock ‘Dream Band: Live in London’ 3x180g Vinyl (Whirlwind Recordings) 5/5
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1w ago
Alex Hitchcock initially established his Dream Band concept with the release of the aptly-titled ‘Dream Band’ album back in 2021. Released via Fresh Sounds Records, Hitchcock’s hand-picked selection of fifteen artists – from the UK and US – led to a three-day recording session in London with the arrangements mixed up for each session. Boasting an incredible line-up of artists including Cherise Adams-Burnett, Luisito Quintero, Chris Cheek and Will Barry, amongst many others, these sessions were constructed around discussion, trust and open collaboration resulting in a phenomenal album release t ..read more
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