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Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Ross McGibbon July 29, 2020 0

GEARBOX RECORDS     31ST July 2020 London label, Gearbox Records, have been flying the flag high for UK artists as well as the US releases and this continues the very high quality output. Jazz is

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Roy Ayers is back

Roy Ayers is back

Vanguard Online June 15, 2020 1

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Roy Ayers is a legend of 1970s American soul. His signature tune is ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’. My personal experience of Roy Ayers’ work came through the play he got on Giles Peterson’s WorldWide

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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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Caravan Palace – electroswing puts a spark into Leeds’ Friday night

Caravan Palace – electroswing puts a spark into Leeds’ Friday night

Ross McGibbon January 27, 2020 0

Live at Leeds O2 Academy 24th January 2020 I didn’t even know Electroswing was a thing and to see a full house for something that barely squeaks onto the radio was a delight. Tonight

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MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

Ross McGibbon October 16, 2019 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS       18th October 2019 An absolutely fascinating album, combining spoken word, songs, poetry, structured jazz, a country fiddle and freeform jazz. Riveting me to the sound, Matana Roberts weaves fragments of the life of

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Binker Golding – “Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers” – pure unalloyed jazz pleasure

Binker Golding – “Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers” – pure unalloyed jazz pleasure

Ross McGibbon September 16, 2019 0

Gearbox Records 27 Sept, 2019 Binker Golding is a lyrical saxophone player, yet capable of going way out there into abstraction. His work with Moses Boyd was fascinating and exciting and he has played

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Mildlife – doing their groovy thing in Leeds

Mildlife – doing their groovy thing in Leeds

Ross McGibbon May 22, 2019 0

Live at The Brudenell Social Club    20th May 2019 Just over six months after their debut at the Brudenell, Mildlife are back. Making a great impression as Wooden Shjips’ support, this time they get an

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Dwight Trible – ‘Mothership’ (featuring Kamasi Washington)  – the most soulful jazz record this year

Dwight Trible – ‘Mothership’ (featuring Kamasi Washington) – the most soulful jazz record this year

Ross McGibbon April 10, 2019 0

GEARBOX RECORDS 12th April 2019 Who or what is a Dwight Trible? Does the name conjure up thoughts of a Star Trek episode with cute alien critters? It’s no surprise, as Dwight has had

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