Ryan MacKenzie & Luca Manning ‘Ae Fond Kiss’
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6d ago
Rising Scots Jazz Musicians In Burn’s Night Collaboration January 2023 sees the release of a unique musical collaboration for Burn’s Night between two of Scotland’s brightest emerging musicians; jazz vocalist Luca Manning and pianist/arranger Ryan MacKenzie, a special new version of Robert Burn’s classic love song ‘Ae Fond Kiss’. The contemporary arrangement by MacKenzie was inspired by the fellow Scots musicians shared love of Burn’s work and a desire to bring his most poignant song to new audiences. vocalist Luca Manning and pianist/arranger Ryan MacKenzie Blending Burn’s folk tradition with ..read more
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‘Lemon Twist’ from vocalist Linda Carone
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2w ago
Taken from the press release pack that was sent out with the music: Established as a jazz and blues vocalist and niche song stylist, Linda Carone presents her fresh recording titled Lemon Twist, supported by a stellar group of musicians. Modern jazz elements flirt with exotic Afro-Cuban textures to create a lively, bold swinging beat that will have you snapping your fingers. For this vintage song siren, this is a collaboration she calls “a mid-century modern jazz fusion tinged with mambo vibes.” Does that accurately reflect the contents of Lemon Twist? Just how lively and bold have Linda Car ..read more
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The Abbie Finn Trio are ‘On Pink Lane’
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2w ago
On Pink Lane is the third album release from the Abbie Finn Trio and follows on from the well- received Northern Perspective – reviewed by SimplyJazzTalk two years ago. All nine tracks that make up On Pink Lane have been written and arranged by Abbie Finn and, according to Abbie there is more of a “focus on varied rhythmic concepts and include[s] heavy improvisation.” Album Artwork photo by Steven Cropper The opening number is a very good straight-ahead jazz style tune with Harry Keeble playing the melody with confidence and feel. The trade section between Harry and Abbie works well and Paul G ..read more
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‘Tales From The Jacquard’ Album Celebration Tour 2023
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3w ago
BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist Julian Siegel embarks on a major tour in February 2023 with the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra celebrating his acclaimed album Tales from the Jacquard (Whirlwind Recordings). The Orchestra features some of Julian’s favourite musicians from the UK and European scenes and presents a rare opportunity to see this handpicked, stellar line-up perform together (see full tour line up below). The tour will feature Julian’s music for Jazz Orchestra from the new album, from expansions and arrangements of music written for small band to the suite commi ..read more
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‘Something’ from the Rubber Soul Quartet
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3w ago
The musicians in Rubber Soul Quartet have at least four things in common: they love The Beatles, they love to play jazz, they love to have fun on stage and they love to travel. Our second album, Something, is a kind of a “what if” project, where they musically move Beatles’ tunes around the world, to see if our harmonic and rhythmic “filters” can produce new versions of these fine English standards. With respect for the great compositions, they re-arrange them in a new style or combine them with parts of American jazz standards that they like. they take some of Lennon’s, McCartney’s and Harris ..read more
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‘The IsReal Book’ where Assaf Levitin Meets AGvH Jazz Ensemble
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1M ago
At the tail end of December I received an email introducing me to an Israeli jazz outfit with a Cantor as lead vocalist. I am aware that Cantors have a good vocal range and a rich tone and that the title of Cantor is often passed down the hereditary line but beyond that, my experience of listening to this style of singing is limited and I was definitely interested in how it might fit with an improvisational driven music that is jazz. Israeli jazz musicians have belonged to the elite of this genre for over 20 years. Well-established artists like Avishai Cohen (in fact two of them – a bassist a ..read more
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O’Higgins & Luft go to ‘Pluto’
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1M ago
The previous outing from O’Higgins & Luft was the critically well-received O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane released in 2019. There is one track apiece from Monk and Coltrane on this album with all other numbers are written by either Dave O’Higgins or Rob Luft. There is also a shift in the band line-up with Ross Stanley on piano replacing organist Scott Flanigan and the addition of Misha Mullo-Abbado bassist, which will make for a different sound. Photography & cover design by Judith O’Higgins The album opens with the title track written by O’Higgins and played in a straight ..read more
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According to Esther Bennett ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’
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1M ago
Vocalist Esther Bennett, once again alongside producer Terence Collie, has recorded a new album that explores her home town of Birmingham. Home Is Where The Art Is expresses her affection for the area through music, poetry, and spoken word. Alongside this are some individual and quirky interpretations of a few well-known jazz standards delivered in Esther’s own unique style. ‘My Birmingham’ is a spoken word piece that tells you all you really need to know about what inspired this album. I became fascinated by the musical history of Birmingham and of The Bullring Shopping Centre built in the 1 ..read more
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Alan Barnes & Andy Panayi’s Sextet salute Cannonball & Coltrane
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1M ago
Like many jazz club attendees, I have heard and seen Alan Barnes in action on many occasions and in a number of varying sizes of band. The thing is, you know what you are going to get with Alan: great straight-ahead jazz played at the highest level with excellent support from the other musicians around him. Friday 9 December, at Chichester Jazz Club was no exception. Of the Sextet playing I have only heard live Andy Barnes and Simon Thorpe so I was very much looking forward to listening to Andy Panayi and Robbie Robson in the front line. Andy Panayi – tenor, Robbie Robson – trumpet & Alan ..read more
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Musicians Georgia Mancio & Dave Ohm to continue Eltham Jazz Club, aka Hugh & Marion’s, with major names already announced
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1M ago
Multi-award-winning vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio (Alan Broadbent, ReVoice! Festival, Kate Williams), and acclaimed drummer, Dave Ohm (Ian Shaw, Benny Golson, Claire Martin), announce their new stewardship of the long-standing Eltham Jazz Club, now also known as Hugh & Marion’s, in tribute to its original founders. Hugh and Marion Ockendon regularly promoted jazz in Eltham for a mightily impressive 28 years. With Hugh as resident pianist, they hosted countless high calibre musicians including Tina May, Alan Barnes, Byron Wallen, Tony Kofi, Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais, C ..read more
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