CD review: Metamorphic

The Rock Between (F-IRE) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler To metamorphose is to change in form. However, unlike metamorphic rock, formed over thousands of years, pianist Laura Cole’s compositions and arrangements often turn on the spot, introducing new textures, melodies and dense… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 14-05-10

The Sam Crowe Group: Synaesthesia (F-IRE CD31) Pianist Sam Crowe is, like saxophonist Adam Waldmann who leads the Kairos 4tet, a recent graduate of Trinity College in London, and, like Waldmann, he favours a melodic modern jazz which brings in… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 13-05-10

Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet: Mindscapes (F-IRECD 34) The second disc from guitarist Jonathan Bratoeff’s band finds a change in personnel since Between The Lines – now we have Mark Hanslip on tenor, Tom Mason on bass and James Maddren on drums…. Read More ›

Disc of the day: 24-08-09

Jonathan Bratoeff & Chris Valataro: Chapters (F-IRECD30) Guitar and drums is not a common jazz duo combination, but when the two are F-IRE Collective stalwart Bratoeff and US drummer in London Vatalaro it works remarkably well. The begin with a… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 08-05-09

Will Collier Septet: Everybody Loves The… (F-IRE CD21) The septet format has always appealed to me – big enough to be able to deal with big band arrangements, while small enough to enjoy turn-on-a-dime spontaneity. Bass player Will Collier writes… Read More ›