CD review

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 ›

CD review: Aquarium

Places (Jellymould JM-JJ010) Aquarium is a quartet of Sam Leak on piano, James Allsopp on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Calum Gourlay on double bass and Joshua Blackmore on drums. All the music is written by Leak and this album,… Read More ›

CD review: Ilia Skibinsky

The Passage (Mythology Records MR0014) The young Russian/Israeli saxophonist and composer says this album “represents my journey as an artist from the moment I have decided to make music”, and it’s certainly been quite a passage so far. Born in… Read More ›

CD review: Søren Gemmer

At First (ILK 202CD) Gemmer is a Danish pianist and his quartet has Per Møllehøj on guitar, Andreas Fryland on drums and Tapani Toivanen. Most of the compositions are the leader’s , though guitarist and drummer contribute one apiece. It… Read More ›

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