CD review

CD review: Dice Factory

Dice Factory (Babel)  A fine and lively example of exploratory contemporary British jazz from four players, three of whom have strong connections with other bands, including Empirical, Outhouse, Ma and Kairos 4tet. The band’s name suggests dice-throwing and influences the… Read More ›

CD review: David Gilmore

Numerology: Live at Jazz Standard (Evolutionary Music) It’s natural that musicians should be drawn to the mystical and spiritual meaning of numbers. After all, numbers are the building blocks in the harmonies and melodies, the rhythms, beats and duration of… Read More ›

CD review: Laura Jurd

Landing Ground (Chaos Collective) Trumpeter Laura Jurd has assembled an octet – trumpet, piano, double bass and drums plus a string quartet – to play what feels  – in coherence of mood and harmony – like a cohesive suite of her own… Read More ›

CD review: Food

Mercurial Balm (ECM) Steel pan sounds phase in and out – or are they chime bars? or electronic sounds? – while a foghorn of a low, breathy, gritted tenor saxophone note blooms and fades around them. Echoed cymbal scrapes and… Read More ›

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