CD review

Lars Danielsson – Liberetto II

(ACT 9571-2) Well, here’s some perfect Sunday morning jazz. The Swedish bassist and cellist makes music that combines shimmering surface beauty with an easily-worn depth of thought and emotion that satisfies. His core quartet has former E.S.T. drummer Magnus Öström… Read More ›

Fofoulah – Fofoulah

(Glitterbeat Records GBCD017 GBLP017) Fofoulah means “it’s there” in Wolof and the band features the traditional Sabar drums used in Gambia and Senegal. The band, however, is based in London. At its heart are drummer Dave Smith and Sabar drummer… Read More ›

Mammal Hands – Animalia

(Gondwana Records GOND011) The trio of Nick Smart (keyboards), Jesse Barrett (drums and tabla) and Jordan Smart (saxophones) have the Mostly Jazz Festival  – or, rather, their performance at that summer, suburban Birmingham mini-festival – to thank for this album…. Read More ›