Harry Christelis ‘Nurture The Child / Challenge The Adult’ LP/CD (Clonmell Jazz Social) 4/5
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2d ago
London based guitarist and composer Harry Christelis’ quartet have produced an album of immersive night music ideal for those sleepless small hours; the mood is contemplative, thoughtful and introspective. Christelis’ guitar is exploratory as it meanders its way through this album of eight original compositions plus one alternate take. He wears his influences on his sleeve, some at least, Miles Davis late sixties period, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, and even some 1980s Talk Talk; parts of the record brought to my mind another record of that era, David Sylvian’s album Brilliant Trees. As well as ..read more
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Harish Raghavan ‘In Tense’ 180g Vinyl/CD (Whirlwind Recordings) 4/5
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3d ago
One of the most incredible things about the Covid pandemic’s quarantine period is the fact that whilst it served as an experience we as a collective, global society endured together (together, apart, same thing!), it is an experience that was wholly unique to each and every one of us. It’s certainly fair to say that a lot of people relished the opportunity to disconnect and refocus their priorities, steamroll box sets, read every book they had been piling up, etc. while, for others, the prolonged isolation became a stress-inducing experience with our only windows to the outside world coming th ..read more
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Gabriel da Rosa ‘É O Que A Casa Oferece’ LP (Stones Throw) 4/5
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5d ago
When the great Scouse poet, Ian McNabb uttered the words, “I never saw my hometown til I went around the world”, he wasn’t referring to Gabriel Da Rosa but could have been. Gabriel left his native Brazil several years ago, arriving in L.A. peddling their brand of melodic punk-pop. As his group disintegrated, Gabriel started DJing in the area, recalling the same tunes from his childhood that his dad brought back from his record station job; further developing the bond to his homeland. Da Rosa now plays the music from Brazil’s rich pop heritage: “Bossa nova was always a dream for me to play one ..read more
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Natashia Kelly ‘Dear Darkening Ground’ CD (W.E.R.F.) 5/5
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5d ago
“I want to love the things as no-one has ever thought to love them” sings Natashia Kelly on the sublime, yet remarkable title track; “Dear Darkening Ground”. This one line could be a metaphor for her music, and how I feel about it. The art of singer-songwriting may lie largely broken these days in a plethora of over-exaggerated hype and disappointment, but Kelly offers something different, her fresh take on the fine art encouraging me to believe that hope is far from lost. Belgian born, with Irish roots, Natashia Kelly is a composer and performer of intelligent, exquisite, wonderfully compelli ..read more
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Sebastian Rochford / Kit Downes ‘A Short Diary’ CD (ECM) 4/5
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1w ago
This “short diary (of loss)”, as drummer Sebastian Rochford calls it, is offered as “a sonic memory, created with love, out of need for comfort.” Dedicated to Rochford’s father, Aberdeen poet Gerard Rochford, 1932-2019, and to his family, Seb Rochford, one of ten siblings, wrote most of the music shortly after his father’s death and delivers it here, with pianist Kit Downes, in performances of deep feeling and hymn-like clarity. Rochford recalls how, after his father passed away, “music just seemed to come to me, sing inside me every day, sometimes even as I woke. Though initially I felt confl ..read more
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Run Logan Run ‘Nature Will Take Care Of You’ 180g Vinyl/CD (Worm Discs) 4/5
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1w ago
‘Nature Will Take Care Of You’ marks the new album release from the Bristol-based two-piece, Run Logan Run, Comprised of saxophonist Andrew Neil Hayes and drummer Matt Brown. Run Logan Run have cemented a revered reputation for their eclectic and hi-energy interpretations of contemporary jazz. With releases dating back to 2016 which include EP projects, live tracks and now their fourth full-length album release, Run Logan Run’s music finds itself equally adept at facilitating their vision be it via their traditional two-man set-up of Hayes & Brown as the powerhouse outfit or with them serv ..read more
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Mette Henriette ‘Drifting’ CD (ECM) 4/5
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1w ago
Saxophonist and composer Mette Henriette grew up in Trondheim, Norway. Surrounded by a vibrant music scene she got involved with performing arts at a young age, establishing her own ensembles and touring with musicians from jazz conservatories in Norway and New York. Having left her hometown to work on commissions and projects internationally, she released her acclaimed self-titled debut on the ECM label in 2016. For her latest release, “Drifting”, an album of expressionistic trio conversations, Johan Lindvall features on piano, with Judith Hamann on cello. The fifteen pieces of music on this ..read more
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Bill Laurance & Michael League ‘Where You Wish You Were’ LP/CD (ACT Music) 5/5
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2w ago
For those familiar with the four-time GRAMMY award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, keys supremo Bill Laurence and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Michael League will need no introduction. Almost 20 years into their globe-trotting adventure, Snarky Puppy continue to amaze with their highly original fusion of jazz/funk/rock, with last year’s release, “Empire Central” highlighting just how exciting the band still is. Having worked so closely together for so many years, it might not be a surprise that League and Laurance are now releasing “Where you Wish you Were”, their first duo album. What is so ..read more
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London Odense Ensemble ‘Jaiyede Sessions Volume 2’ LP/CD (El Paraiso) 5/5
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2w ago
Last summer’s London Odense Ensemble’s Jaiyede Sessions Volume 1 was a highlight of the year’s releases and hot on its heels, here’s volume 2. It’s a continuation of the ensemble’s “vision of what modern psychedelic jazz should sound like”. The personnel are the same too. From London, we have Tamar Osborn on flute/sax and Al MacSween on keys. Over in the Odense corner, we have Martin Rude on double bass and other stringed things, Jakob Skøtt on drums and Jonas Munk on guitar and the studio instrument; a good chunk of legendary psych rockers, Causa Sui. “Phantasma” starts loosely with shimmerin ..read more
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Alhaji Waziri Oshomah ‘World Spirituality Classics 3’ 2LP/CD (Luaka Bop) 4/5
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2w ago
‘The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah’ is the latest compiled reissue celebrating the works of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah. The induction of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah’s extensive catalogue into the Luaka Bop archives late last year unveiled a towering selection of beautifully presented music coupled with an innovative perspective on dance music. From Auchi, Nigeria, Waziri’s unwavering passion towards his Islamic beliefs and culture has found an unlikely vessel through, what Luaka Bop describe as, a “unique form of dance music that’s fused with local folk styles, pan-Nigerian highlife and Wester ..read more
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