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Red Circle
Red Circle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition, fresh too., 29 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Red Circle (Audio CD)
I'm sometimes sceptical about the point of making jazz records like this one i.e. ones that are broadly in the modern mainstream jazz tradition. It seems that there are so many classic records in the genre already that we probably don't need any more. However, sometimes there is a record that cures my scepticism and this is one of them. The overall sonic landscape is reminiscent of Blue Note era Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock circa Maiden Voyage as well as the Miles Davis Quintet of the Shorter/Hancock/Carter/Williams vintage There is also a touch of the Coltrane/Tyner/Jones/Garrison quartet in places. However, it is more than just the sum of these antecedents and is also fresh and interesting while being in the tradition. If you like Shorter/Hancock/Davies mid 60s,give this a go.
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Under the Moon
Under the Moon
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5.0 out of 5 stars My main purpose here is to say that if you like this you will also like Lara Jurd's new release ..., 20 Jan. 2015
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I agree with the above reviews. This is an exciting and innovative record that defies categorization. The BBC music magazine review pick out some interesting precedents or affinities for this record (if any are needed) in other jazz artists such as Nils Peter Molvaer. It also made me think of some of trumpeter Christian Scott's records. although with added punk energy and vocals. My main purpose here is to say that if you like this you will also like Lara Jurd's new release Human Spirit.


Human Spirit
Human Spirit
Price: £13.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So (notwithstanding Kenny Wheeler's Canadian origin) this puts it in a great tradition of British jazz composing that can also s, 20 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Human Spirit (Audio CD)
Another exciting and innovative recording from Laura Jurd who is fast establishing herself as one of the most influential talents on the contemporary British jazz (and beyond) scene through her work with her own band as well as Blue Eyed Hawk and the Chaos Orchestra. This recording starts with an intro that could be a lost track from Blue Eyed Hawk before developing into something that supplements Blue Eyed Hawk's musical sensibilities with a broader palette. Superficially a more 'jazz' record because of the augmented horn section, this recording still draws on a boundary defying range of musical influences (some of which I think are accurately reflected in the blurb above so I won't repeat them). In a recent review of Blue Eyed Hawk in BBC music magazine, Lauren Kinsella was likened to Norma Winstone. This is a similarity that I didn't recognise at the time (she reminded me more of a number of Scandinavian jazz related vocalists on that recording). However, the similarity is evident in some of the material here. That similarity drew my attention to echoes of Norma Winstone's and Kenny Wheeler's recent recording 'Mirrors' in the composition and arrangement on this recording. So (notwithstanding Kenny Wheeler's Canadian origin) this puts it in a great tradition of British jazz composing that can also stand alongside Mike Westbrook.

Blurb relating to another CD on Amazon refers to the 1950s as the Golden Age of British Jazz. I think contemporary British jazz is the Golden Age. My advice is support new and exciting talent and buy this record without further thought. However, if you do require more convincing, if you like Laura's previous record, or Chaos Orchestra or Blue Eyed Hawk, buy this. Equally if you like Mike Westbrook or Kenny Wheeler (or Loose Tubes for that matter) also buy this. Must be a contender for the Mercury music prize 'token' jazz record?


Quercus
Quercus
Price: £14.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I demand a recount!, 11 May 2014
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I was astonished that this wasn't a clear winner in the UK jazz critics polls of 2013 (although it did chart somewhere in many of them). For me this was the runaway best jazz record of 2013. I think jazz should be rooted in and draw nourishment from the culture in which it Is made and not be an imitation if what is happening elsewhere. This record is sublime. It fuses and balances folk, classical-pastoral and early music with jazz improvisation. The result is a pastoral jazz in which virtuoso performances from all participants are in the service of musicality not showing off. Like some other reviewers, I do detect some distortion in the sound that you wouldn't usually expect from ECM (for me it is in the vocals). However, this doesn't detract from what is a magnificent record. I hope there will be others.
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Halftime
Halftime
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, cerebral and swinging, 11 May 2014
This review is from: Halftime (Audio CD)
Without a doubt one of my favourite records of the last 12 months. Rachael Cohen has the cool cerebral sound and approach to improvisation of Lee Konitz or Paul Desmond but the record has a contemporary feel rather than a nostalgic one. It manages to be cool and swing at the same time. It has generally been well received critically but I must say shame on John Adcock of Jazz Journal for his cursory and dismissive two star review. He must have cloth ears.
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Aether Drift
Aether Drift
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get The Blessing Saxophonist breaks out, 10 May 2014
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Michelson Morley joins the growing band of British 'post jazz' outfits such as Get the Blessing. Melt Yourself Down, Sons of Kemet and Polar Bear. The trio (sax, bass drums (and real time electronics provided by the trio)) is led by Get the Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie. Musically, they share something with these other bands and if you are a fan of any of them (or EST/GoGo Penguin etc.) you will find much to admire in Michelson Morley. In a blind jukebox test I would have guessed the first track on the album (Rice Rage) was Melt Yourself Down with one saxophone missing., Their influences include electronica and minimalism as well as jazz and they can go from funk to ambient while still sounding like themselves. I am a fan of Get The Blessing, Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland. Fulborn Teversham and Melt Yourself Down. For me this record ranks alongside their best work and is possibly one of my favourite records of the year. It is jazz but with a fresh contemporary twist that means it couldn't have been recorded at any other time than now and any other place than the UK.


And In The Night-Time She Is There
And In The Night-Time She Is There
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tone, great drumming, excellent record, 14 Jun. 2013
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I was motivated to write this review by the lukewarm response of the first reviewer. This is one of my favourite jazz releases of 2012. It's a beautiful record. the strongest features for me are the beautiful tone of Trish Clowes' saxophone and the excellent drumming of James Maddren. However, no disrespect to the rest of the band who lend marvellous support for what is an all round good album of contemporary and thoughtful jazz. Go on, support young British talent to make interestingly personal records, and buy this record.


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