Category Archives: jazz

Afloat – The NJE (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even on paper, The NJE, standing for Near Jazz Experience, is a fascinating concept. Horn led, jazz infused, pop/rock instrumentals, largely unrehearsed and improvised but built on some solid yet supple underlying grooves. But jazz for the purist this isn’t, … Continue reading

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Porgy – Labyrinth Lounge (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

What happens when a hip New York jazz rhythm section share their musical visions with a West Coast musical shaman? Well, one possible outcome can be found by listening to Labyrinth Lounge’s debut album. Never far from a chilled jazz … Continue reading

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The Water Of Leith – Blue Rose Code (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

I reviewed Paul Brady’s new album “Unfinished Business” a couple of weeks ago, and spent a very enjoyable hour or so being reminded of when I was young and only mildly cynical, and when the likes of Brady, and Van … Continue reading

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Hidden Landscapes – Wim Dijkgraaf (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have to confess that harmonica led jazz is not my normal area of expertise, but that’s fine, it just means that I get to drop my bag of well-worn indie clichés and pop puns and approach the music like … Continue reading

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Being Alive – Hayley Lam (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Tell someone that you are a piano led, instrumental, jazz fusion outfit these days, particularly around Hayley Lam’s New York base of operations and I’m sure you have to then spend the next ten minutes explaining that you are not … Continue reading

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The Mothers Earth Experiment – The Mothers Earth Experiment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of exploring the music too closely, right from the off the two things that scream out at me as I dip my toe in its sonic waters are the sheer eclecticism and the … Continue reading

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Florescentia – Charlotte Cardinale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ever since a string of, essentially pop, artists from Amy Winehouse to Duffy to current hyperbolic sensation Adele re-appropriated and repackaged soul for a shallower, style over substance world, the genre seems to have traded in its essential elements for … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXX: Soothe – Shambhu

One of the advantages of reviewing music in the rudderless way that I do, not fixed to a magazine or website, trend, genre or even brief, is that I am truly at the mercy of the Gods of Fate and … Continue reading

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A Sound Inve$tment – Tony Marino (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Twenty years and nine albums down the line from his debut release, The Latin Jazz Project, and Tony Marino is still expertly exploring the boundaries and back roads of that genre. This new album takes instrumental excursions through myriad sub-genres, … Continue reading

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Say It – Tom Greer feat. Sarah Wade (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  Here’s the scene. I’m sat at a desk with a tower of CD’s precariously stacked either side of me, both probably contravening any number of health and safety laws and falling largely into two categories. Those on the left … Continue reading

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