CD review

CD review: Kit Downes

Light From Old Stars (Basho Records SRCD42-2) This disc shares the same instrumentation as the pianist’s last disc, Quiet Tiger, which despite its Trio claim on the cover was in fact mainly a quintet affair. But whereas the addition of… Read More ›

CD review: Sam Crowe Group

Towards The Centre Of Everything (Whirlwind Recordings WR4632) There is a book review in today’s Guardian which is headlined “How pop culture sold out”. In it John Harris asks: “Why do music and TV no longer challenge the establishment?” If… Read More ›

CD review: Third Reel

Third Reel (ECM 372 8269) Third Reel is the Swiss saxophonist Nicolas Masson, the Italian guitarist Roberto Pianca and the Italian drummer Emanuele Maniscalco. Each is a band leader in his own right, but this co-operative project is very important… Read More ›

CD review: Pat Metheny

Tap: John Zorn’s Book Of Angels Vol.20 (Nonesuch/Tzadik 7559-79587-5) The bad news is that Pat Metheny has not said goodbye to his orchestrion, the big instrumental machine that enables him to be an orchestra in real time, and that this… Read More ›

CD review: Joshua Redman

Walking Shadows (Nonesuch 532288) A virtuoso saxophonist playing over an orchestra has been an alluring sound explored by most of the great players from Charlie Parker to Michael Brecker. Joshua Redman had a taste of it when he participated in… Read More ›

CD review: Mo’ Blow

Gimme The Boots (ACT 9671-2) If jazz funk is your bag, then you’re in for a full-on quality workout with this album from the accomplished young Berlin-based outfit Mo’ Blow. The speedometer nudges the needle to flat-out on the straights,… Read More ›

CD review: Quercus

(ECM 372 4555) I concluded a 2006 review of a concert at the mac in Birmingham given by Quercus – singer June Tabor, pianist Huw Warren and saxophonist Iain Ballamy – with the words: “Thoroughly enriching throughout, and a project… Read More ›

CD review: Martin Speake

Always A First Time (Pumpkin Records 005) Saxophonist Martin Speake is known for his cool, luminously creative alto technique and this double CD release gives him plenty of room to stretch out and exercise his vision. This recording was created… Read More ›

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