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JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

Ross McGibbon March 12, 2020 0

RAINY DAYS RECORDS       13th March 2020 Jazz is experiencing a major resurgence at the moment, thanks partly to the burgeoning London scene and the enthusiasm of the students at specialist colleges like Leeds. Jazz

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Jah Wobble – ‘Ocean Blue Waves’ – Post-punk icon is still changing, still growing

Jah Wobble – ‘Ocean Blue Waves’ – Post-punk icon is still changing, still growing

Ross McGibbon March 9, 2020 0

JAH WOBBLE RECORDS 27th March 2020 Confession: I have lost count of the number of times I have heard Jah Wobble play live. Last time I tried to count I got to at least

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TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

Ross McGibbon March 9, 2020 0

WORLD CIRCUIT RECORDS      20th March 2020 Thankfully, like so many prolific jazz musicians, being dead hasn’t prevented Hugh Masekela releasing more excellent music. Tony Allen, the Nigerian drumming legend dug out his tapes of sessions

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Teenage Wildlife – “25 Years Of Ash”

Teenage Wildlife – “25 Years Of Ash”

Ross McGibbon February 4, 2020 0

BMG 14th February 2020 Maths fans; it’s been twenty-five years since 1994 – does that make you feel old? Twenty-six years ago, I remember buying 1977, Ash’s debut album on vinyl – a dying

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THE MILK CARTON KIDS – “THE ONLY ONES” – sparse and lovely Americana

THE MILK CARTON KIDS – “THE ONLY ONES” – sparse and lovely Americana

Ross McGibbon January 21, 2020 0

THIRTY TIGERS 6th December 2019 A belated look at this mini-album, which slipped past our attention in December. Having loved 2018’s  amazing “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I

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Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Citizen Bravo, Raymond MacDonald and Friends: “Return To Y’Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler” – a great reminder of the Scottish genius

Ross McGibbon January 16, 2020 0

CHEMIKAL UNDERGROUND 24th January 2020 Let’s just start by saying that Ivor Cutler was a pure and unalloyed genius. His perfectly individual vision was beautifully expressed in a series of recording, books and pamphlets.

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DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

DAVID KEENAN – ‘A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BRAVERY’ – A great Irish voice

Ross McGibbon January 6, 2020 0

RUBYWORKS               10th Jan 2020 What a voice! Whatever David Keenan was singing would sound like poetry but, as luck would have it, he is big on the sort of street-life poetry favoured by Danny George

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The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

Ross McGibbon January 2, 2020 0

Fika Recordings                        10 January 2020 The opener, ‘Hey Ho Let’s Not Go’, says it all, delivered in a Malcolm Middleton modern Scottish miserablist voice; “Let’s stay home – the TV’s good and the weather’s

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Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Nu jazz from Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

Vanguard Online November 13, 2019 0

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I was a regular listener to Giles Peterson’s Worldwide show in the early twenty-first century. The nu-jazz sound of Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst would have fitted beautifully on Peterson’s show. Their album These

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Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘Mummer Love’ – incantatory, hallucinatory summoning of Rimbaud

Ross McGibbon November 5, 2019 0

BELLA UNION 10thNovember 2019 These are great time for avant-garde spoken word albums. Just last month, Laurie Anderson released a recording of her reading the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, now Patti Smith reads

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