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Trish Clowes: My Iris (CD: Basho)Trish Clowes: My Iris (CD: Basho)
'My Iris' is a new project from BASCA award winning composer and saxophonist Trish Clowes. Following collaborations with string quartets and the BBC Concert Orchestra, My Iris shifts Clowes' perspective to the possibilities of a small ensemble. With Chris Montague on guitar, Ross Stanley on piano and Hammond organ and James Maddren on drums, My Iris explores startling melodies, earthy grooves and gnarly lines, creating a sound world that is both intimate and thrilling. (Proper Music) 


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Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet: The Sound Of Soho (CD: Ronnie Scotts')
'The Sound of Soho' was recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club by The Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet. On this album the band pay tribute to some of the greats in the hard bop and soul jazz era. These legends of the music all performed at Ronnie Scott's and include Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Billy Strayhorn and Tubby Hayes.

The Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet features James Pearson on piano, Alex Garnett on saxophone, Sam Burgess on bass, Freddie Gavita on trumpet and Chris Higginbottom on drums. The final track of the album also includes Brandon Allen on saxophone. (Proper Music) 


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Ronnie Scott's Club Quintet: The Sound Of Soho (CD: Ronnie Scotts')


Dinosaur: Together, As One (CD: Edition)Dinosaur: Together, As One (CD: Edition)
‘Together, As One’ is the third album as a leader from British award-winning trumpet player, composer and band-leader Laura Jurd and her debut with newly named band Dinosaur. Featuring Laura’s regular collaborators, friends and creative cohorts Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick, ‘Together, As One’ is a coherently powerful and bold album that not only confirms her promise as one of the most important young musicians to emerge from the UK jazz scene in recent years but is also a statement that will launch her music into the international jazz world stratosphere. (Edition Records) 


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Jason Rebello: Held (CD: Edition)
British pianist Jason Rebello is regarded as one of the most talented, inventive and intuitive pianists to emerge in the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90’s with a string of critically acclaimed albums for the BMG label.

In this solo format the intensely lyrical quality always evident in Jason’s music comes to the fore and, allied to his formidable technique and maturity as an artist and musician, ensures that on Held, he is creating some of the most compelling and beautiful music of his career.

As Jason explains: ‘throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to play in wide-ranging and diverse scenarios, but never had an opportunity to immerse myself fully in the piano. I’ve reached a point now where I feel there is something to say with just a piano and I’m relishing this opportunity to consolidate all my musical experiences on this record’. (Edition Records) 


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Jason Rebello: Held (CD: Edition)


Stuart McCallum: City (CD: Naim)Stuart McCallum: City (CD: Naim)
The beautiful ambient-electronica-jazz soundscape City is the new album from Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum and his second studio album for Naim. For his new album, City, McCallum steps even further into the world of electronica, whilst still maintaining that magical combination of both acoustic and electronic instruments that gives his music such a distinctive sound. (Proper Music) 


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Stuart McCallum: City (Vinyl LP: Naim)

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includes HD download code.  


Malija: The Day I Had Everything (CD: Edition)
MALIJA, consisiting of Mark Lockheart, Jasper Hoiby & Liam Noble, was formed in 2014 as a result of an invite play at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. All highly respected and innovative bandleaders in their own right, this all-star trio brings together three of the most exciting and original jazz musicians/composers in the UK. Featuring original material by all three members, the trio’s diverse influences include bluegrass, tango and old-fashion jungle grooves. It’s hard to describe this music but perhaps Jasper put it brilliantly when he described the trio’s music as “weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt depending on your mood”.

Their first collaboration was back in 2009, when the three musicians recorded and toured with Mark Lockheart’s acclaimed album ‘In Deep’, a record that brought these three musicians together as part of a quintet. Since then, each of them has developed a huge mutual respect and friendship, that to form a trio seemed the most logical and natural next step. (Edition Records) 


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Malija: The Day I Had Everything (CD: Edition)


Malija: The Day I Had Everything (Vinyl: Edition)

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180g vinyl pressing. 


Malija: Instinct (CD: Edition)Malija: Instinct (CD: Edition)
 


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Ivo Neame: Strata (CD: Whirlwind)
Known widely for his linchpin roles with Phronesis and Marius Neset, effulgent beacon of contemporary jazz piano, Ivo Neame, takes a side step from his octet and other projects to release this exciting quintet title 'Strata'.

Collaborating again with UK luminaries (including three fellow Whirlwind artists) Tori Freestone (saxes/flutes), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Tom Farmer (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums), this collection of eight Neame originals gyrates energetically with complex written grooves and varying instrumental colors to spark opportunities for venturous, improvised blowing. (Proper Note) 


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Ivo Neame: Strata (CD: Whirlwind)


Liam Noble: A Room Somewhere (CD: Basho)Liam Noble: A Room Somewhere (CD: Basho)
Liam Noble returns with his first solo recording in 20 years. Liam has worked in a vast range of contexts, including as a sideman in award winning projects with Julian Siegel, Christine Tobin and Mark Lockheart and in a transatlantic ensemble with Zhenya Strigalev (which has included Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Hutchinson and Larry Grenadier).

He has also collaborated in free improvisation projects such as Sleepthief (with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock), and performed in ensembles with Peter Evans, Mary Halverson, Mat Manieri and Okkyung Lee. It now feels like the right time to strike out alone again. The album features idiosyncratic interpretations of the standard repertoire, contemporary songs, jazz compositions and some original improvisations inspired by the scenario. (Proper Music) 


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Vicky Tilson Quartet: Mojo Risin' (CD: Fir-e)
Featuring some of Britain's best undiscovered jazz musicians, the album is an epic exploration of odd meters, contemporary harmony and melodic invention that grooves and swings.

Mojo Risin' is a unique collection of original tunes by bassist Vicky Tilson that explore the themes of the credit crunch, patience with destiny, depression, risk-taking and eternity, skilfully utilising influences from such jazz luminaries as Charles Mingus, Michael Garrick, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Empirical and Phronesis. Vicky's own journey into music wasn't an easy one and this album reflects her struggles with life as she embarked upon her professional career at the late age of 33. Featuring the talents of some of Britain's best undiscovered jazz musicians, the album is an epic exploration of odd meters, contemporary harmony and melodic invention that grooves and swings its way through all nine tracks. (Proper Music) 


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Vicky Tilson Quartet: Mojo Risin' (CD: Fir-e)


Andrew McCormack: First Light (CD: Edition)Andrew McCormack: First Light (CD: Edition)
Andrew McCormack is a composer and pianist at the pinnacle of his creative powers. Born in 1978 in the UK and now residing in New York, McCormack has built a formidable reputation as one of Britain’s hottest pianists and a composer of undeniable skill and talent. (Edition Records) 


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Jim Hart, Barry Green, Matt Ridley & Steve Brown: The MJQ Celebration (CD: Kings Gambit)
'The MJQ Celebration' is a coming together of some of today's leading UK jazz musicians - Jim Hart, Barry Green, Matt Ridley and Steve Brown - to pay homage to one of the most celebrated jazz ensembles of all time, the Modern Jazz Quartet. Stellar favourites such as "Django", "The Golden Striker", "Bag's Groove" and "Concorde" are given enthralling new renditions, whilst staying true to the original intentions of their composers John Lewis and Milt Jackson.

The group also pay homage to their founder, the late Michael Garrick MBE, by including two of his finest original compositions, hand-picked by his bass player of choice, Matt Ridley.

Teaming up for the session with stalwart UK saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, the ensemble also doff their cap to the collaboration between Sonny Rollins and the MJQ, featuring a rip-roaring version of "The Stopper", as well as the more moderate (but no less compelling) "No Moe" and "Scoops". (ProperNote) 


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Jim Hart, Barry Green, Matt Ridley & Steve Brown: The MJQ Celebration (CD: Kings Gambit)


Get The Blessing: Lope And Antilope (CD: Naim)Get The Blessing: Lope And Antilope (CD: Naim)
Lope & Antilope is the band's fourth album (second for Naim Jazz) and whilst to some degree the thrashing rhythms of previous albums have advanced into more mellow territory, the irreverent and mischievous attitude is still very much in evidence: with a fixation for words that end in ‘ope', bag headed Bristolian trip-jazz quartet Get The Blessing return with their most sophisticated album to date. (Naim Label) 


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Get The Blessing: Lope And Antilope (Vinyl LP: Naim)

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180g vinyl pressing plus HD download code. 


Get The Blessing: Astronautilus (CD: Naim)
 


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Get The Blessing: Astronautilus (CD: Naim)


Slowly Rolling Camera (CD: Edition)Slowly Rolling Camera (CD: Edition)
Slowly Rolling Camera, is the new project that teams up pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett. The result is music that has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead.

Dipping into a diverse world of trip-hop, jazz and drum and bass rhythms, the record is influenced as much by the Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead as by James Blake and Bonobo, this music is both ethereal and visceral, brimming with real emotion and restless intelligence. (Edition Records) 


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June Tabor, Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren: Quercus (CD: ECM)
‘Quercus’ means ‘oak’ in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music, while leaves and branches reach upward to embrace jazz-inspired lyrical improvising. The trio features the venerable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to underscore the emotional essence of a ballad: “As I get older, I understand more the depths of sorrow and joy that made the song”, she has said. Tabor, who was recently voted BBC Folk Awards Singer Of The Year, is joined in the Quercus project by Welsh jazz pianist and composer Huw Warren, and by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, well-known to ECM listeners as co-leader of the band Food. This is the first Quercus album but the trio has existed already for seven years, patiently developing its unique idiomatic blend. (ECM Records) 


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June Tabor, Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren: Quercus (CD: ECM)


Quercus: Nightfall (CD: ECM)Quercus: Nightfall (CD: ECM)
Quercus’s self-titled ECM debut won the album-of-the-year award of the German Record Critics in 2013, was widely praised by the international press, and especially celebrated in Britain where June Tabor has long reigned as “the dark voiced queen of English folk music” (to quote The Times). Folk and jazz and chamber music become one in Quercus’s world, where recontextualizing of material is part of the process, prompting listeners to pay heightened attention even to familiar songs. Nightfall opens with the most famous of farewells in “Auld Lang Syne”, and gently breathes new life into it, leading us into a programme that includes Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, the jazz standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and the West Side Story ballad “Somewhere”, as well as original compositions by Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy and songs from British folk tradition, in stark and moving new arrangements. (ECM Records) 


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National Youth Jazz Orchestra: For Dick Morrissey & Chris Dagley (CD: Stanza)
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Buxton Opera House in 1990, recorded straight to C120 Cassette on a Sony Walkman Professional. Featuring Dick Morrissey, Chris Dagley, Dennis Rollins, Martin Shaw, Ian Wood and directed by Bill Ashton. The album was released in memory of two of the stars of the recording, the saxophonist Dick Morrissey and drummer Chris Dagley.

The music was typical of NJYO’s repertoire of the time, featuring all of their fine writers/arrangers of the period: Mark Nightingale, Paul Higgs, Alan Hare, Harry South and Chris Smith. The recording quality isn’t fantastic but Bill Aston felt that music of this quality deserves to heard and cherished. (Proper Note) 


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National Youth Jazz Orchestra: For Dick Morrissey & Chris Dagley (CD: Stanza)


National Youth Jazz Orchestra: The Change (CD: NYJO)National Youth Jazz Orchestra: The Change (CD: NYJO)
Founded in 1965, NYJO is world famous as a showcase for the UK’s best young jazz musicians and many of the current generation of British jazz stars have risen through its ranks. Their superb new CD, ‘The Change’, represents an exciting new dawn for the big band with a broadening of repertoire, style and leadership. Joining NYJO as guests on the CD is inspirational saxophonist and composer Tim Garland along with the mighty talent of drummer Mark Mondesir, both of whom help take the band into a new realm of artistic excellence.

Overseen by new Music and Artistic Director Mark Armstrong ‘The Change’ also sees NYJO look forward artistically with new connections and directions, as well as celebrating its 47 year history with music that respects the great legacy of the big band sound. The recording also spotlights a particularly strong team of jazz soloists and presents a colourful variety of grooves and styles. (Proper Music) 


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Jonathan Gee Trio: Dragonfly (CD: ASC)
This is the first album from the latest incarnation of the Jonathan Gee Trio. Recorded in New York in two sessions spanning 3 years with a UK tour in between, it features two of New York’s finest, bassist Joseph Lepore and drummer Nasheet Waits. (Proper Music) 


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Jonathan Gee Trio: Dragonfly (CD: ASC)


Julian Joseph: Live At The Vortex In London (CD: ASC)Julian Joseph: Live At The Vortex In London (CD: ASC)
This unique solo recording captures the essence of Julian Joseph's pianistic talent; the percussive intricacy and tender harmony embellished with a fearsome improvisatory technique. Recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club, in London, this is an intimate portrait of one of the finest pianists of his generation. (Proper Music) 


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Nikki Iles: Hush (CD: Basho)
 


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Nikki Iles: Hush (CD: Basho)


The Printmakers: Westerly (CD: Basho)The Printmakers: Westerly (CD: Basho)
The Printmakers is a collaboration between some of the finest talents in British Jazz. Led by pianist Nikki Iles and pioneering ECM recording artist, Norma Winstone, this is an ensemble with a vast emotional range, with exceptional contributions from Mark Lockheart, Mike Walker, Steve Watts and James Maddren. This long-awaited debut recording, Westerly, is a multi-faceted album where Iles' originals - both rugged and reflective - are found alongside innovative treatments of contemporary standard songs. The name of this band is very much a metaphor for the process in printmaking where each new print can reveal a subtle, sometimes surprising take on the original.

Recorded live, in the beautiful surroundings of Hawkshead in the Lake District, Westerly captures the intimate and ever-changing environment in which it was made. This notion of 'place' weaves itself throughout the entire album with the evocative Tideway being named after Norma Winstone’s coastal house in Deal and the title track (one of Iles’s best loved compositions) originally written to set the scene of writer Mary Webb’s birthplace in rural Shropshire. In the spirit of printmaking however, Norma Winstone’s lyrics have recast this tune as an American Western tale - including some authentic banjo playing from Steve Watts.

In addition to Iles and Winstone’s intriguing originals, the remaining pieces emphasise some longstanding working relationships. Two tracks find Norma Winstone penning lyrics for Ralph Towner compositions (the great guitarist who recorded with Norma, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler in 1979), whilst ‘O’ acknowledges the influence John Taylor has had on every member of this ensemble. The final piece, The City Of Dallas (a humorous note on which to conclude), is written by Steve Swallow, with whom Norma Winstone and guitarist Mike Walker both have long working associations.

Brought together by their collective love of song and a powerful spirit of collaboration, The Printmakers set out to cross many musical boundaries. With themes of obsession, murder, migration, home and first love, Westerly presents a brilliant unity of concept and sound, delivered with honesty and stunning clarity. (Basho Records) 


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Tim Berne: Snakeoil (CD: ECM)
 


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Tim Berne: Snakeoil (CD: ECM)


Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (CD: ECM)Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (CD: ECM)
Tim Berne's third ECM album, 'You've Been Watching Me', sees the saxophonist-composer again leading his dynamic New York band Snakeoil, but with the quartet now a quintet with the arrival of guitarist Ryan Ferreira, whose sound adds textural allure.

If Berne has hit a new peak with his writing on this new recording, his band has reached a heightened state of collective interaction. Snakeoil can still be bracingly kinetic. But there is new space in these compositions and more lyrical focus to the improvisations, leading to a dramatic, even cinematic experience in such tracks as "Embraceable Me." Berne's music has never been richer or more arresting. (Proper Note) 


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Paul Jordanous Ensemble: And Now I Know (CD: Self Produced)
The ensemble, featuring some of the finest young musicians to come out of the UK including Kit Downes, Paul Booth and Lewis Wright, was formed early 2011 and presents original compositions penned by trumpeter and bandleader Paul Jordanous.

Stylistically touching upon genres of Modern Jazz, Groove, Hard/ Post Bop and more contemporary jazz music, the compositions are influenced by (among others); Alex Sypiagin, Mason Brothers, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis, Joshua Redman & Christian Scott.

The debut album from the ensemble- 'And Now I Know' is a collection of 8 original tunes specifically composed for the members of the ensemble, performed in groups ranging from 6-9 musicians throughout. 


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Paul Jordanous Ensemble: And Now I Know (CD: Self Produced)


Courtney Pine: Journey To The Urge Within (CD: Cherry Red)Courtney Pine: Journey To The Urge Within (CD: Cherry Red)
 


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Courtney Pine: Song - The Ballad Book (CD: Destin-E)
'Song (The Ballad Book)' is Courtney Pine's sixteenth studio album to date and it sees him strip everything right back for the most intimate album of his long and celebrated career. He performs an album of ballads on bass clarinet, accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman. (Proper Note) 


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Courtney Pine: Song - The Ballad Book (CD: Destin-E)


Courtney Pine: Europa (CD: Destin-E)Courtney Pine: Europa (CD: Destin-E)
Saxophonist Courtney Pine has been making award-winning music for over 24 years and with his latest album ‘Europa’ he ventures further into the roots of European music. This new work is the first recording to feature him playing the bass clarinet exclusively. The album uses the medium of jazz to ask questions such as how, why and who created the continent that we call Europe, constructing a musical collage that takes you on a journey from Scandinavia across the region, touching bases with the British Isles, France, Spain, Italy and Russia, down to the Mediterranean Sea and more, to produce an inspirational and unique sound reflecting the continent's evolution. This new studio recording incorporates influences as far ranging as Gregorian chant, Scandinavian, Celtic, Spanish, Hungarian, Mediterranean melodies and rhythms and more, that show the scope, width and growth of the continent.

The recording features a powerful multi-cultural cast that reflect their own European stories. Internationally renowned bassist Alec Dankworth, drummer Mark Mondesir and pianist Zoe Rahman are joined by special guests clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, mandolinist Cameron Pierre, electric violinist Omar Puente and drummer Robert Fordjour, amongst others. (Proper Music) 


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Kit Downes Trio: Quiet Tiger (CD: Basho)
 


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Kit Downes Trio: Quiet Tiger (CD: Basho)


Kit Downes: Tricko (CD: Coup Perdu)Kit Downes: Tricko (CD: Coup Perdu)
Diving into the space between the organised and the disorganised, Mercury Music Prize nominated composer and pianist, Kit Downes, pulls together the lyricism and big-beat of his favourite minimalists, the imagination and intensity of his favourite modern jazz composers, ballads from nearby circling ice-cream vans and his own light-footed approach to improvisation in this his new ensemble, Tricko. Downes (piano and composition) is joined by cellist Lucy Railton (cello - curator and creator of London Contemporary Music Festival and Klammer Klang) forming a pairing that is at once both dark and detailed, colourful and contemplative. Gentle and contemplative there is nonetheless a quiet power to Downes new ensemble and something truly magical as they conjure a rich, deceptively simple, but deeply complex and always lyrical musical world uniquely their own. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Trichotomy: The Gentle War (CD: Naim)
Recorded shortly after the band's UK tour early in 2010 it finds the lauded trio in especially dynamic form and while their music could be compared to the likes of EST or The Bad Plus, Foran also cites his time in the UK as an influence on the music - and not just the beer, but bands such as label mates Neil Cowley Trio, John Taylor and Acoustic Ladyland - but The Gentle War is very much the sound of a band developing their own unique sound. (Naim Label) 


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Trichotomy: The Gentle War (CD: Naim)


Trichotomy: Fact Finding Mission (CD: Naim)Trichotomy: Fact Finding Mission (CD: Naim)
Australian piano trio, Trichotomy really need no introduction. Over the course of two compelling, albums for Naim Jazz (2010's Variations and 2011's The Gentle War) they have carved out a reputation as one of the most exciting trios in contemporary jazz combining the lyricism of EST and the energy levels of The Bad Plus while nonetheless finding their own unique voice.

Trichotomy are pianist Sean Foran, percussionist John Parker and double bassist Patrick Marchisella. Inspired by a diverse range of influences from Aphex Twin to Vijay Iyer, and John Zorn to Tord Gustavsen, Trichotomy's music combines a dense rhythmic focus with a refined melodic clarity. On their brilliant new album Fact Finding Mission the core trio is joined by Tunji Beier on percussion, Linsey Pollak on reeds, and guitarist James Muller allowing the band to draw on influences including elements from the European and Indian Folk traditions.

Fact Finding Mission shines with a bright vitality and an unbridled joy in music making. In many ways it's the band's most expansive recording but also one that really celebrates the unity of a band that have been playing together for 13 years. (Naim Label) 


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Neon Quartet: Catch Me (CD: Edition)
Featuring Stan Sulzmann (saxophones), Jim Hart (vibes), Kit Downes (piano), and Tim Giles (drums). 


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Neon Quartet: Catch Me (CD: Edition)


Geoff Eales: Transience (CD: Fuzzy Moon)Geoff Eales: Transience (CD: Fuzzy Moon)
The album features Geoff alongside four other masters of contemporary jazz: Brigitte Beraha, Noel Langley, Chris Laurence and Martin France.

Of this intensely personal album Geoff writes: "Recorded seven months after my mother's passing, my intense sense of loss has very much informed the emotional landscape of the music. Losing a loved-one makes one realise just how precious, fragile and transient life is, Furthermore, in the last year or so we have lost so many musical luminaries, none more brilliant than those two beacons of infinite light - Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. This has brought the sentiments of this album into even greater focus for me". (Proper Music) 


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Mark Lockheart & The NDR Big Band: Days Like These (CD: Fuzzy Moon)
 


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Mark Lockheart & The NDR Big Band: Days Like These (CD: Fuzzy Moon)


Mark Lockheart: In Deep (CD: Edition)Mark Lockheart: In Deep (CD: Edition)
In Deep is a record of great originality and integrity. It’s the command and authority of Lockheart’s saxophone that first strikes home on In Deep - magisterial, confident with maybe just hints of those two great tenor titans - Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson. Then the sheer quality of the writing hits you – these are tunes once heard not forgotten. And then the power, confidence and commitment of his group grabs you by the coat and you know they’ve got you. In Deep may be the finest realisation yet of Mark Lockheart’s talents. Given his undoubted pedigree that is high praise indeed. Rarely in jazz do music and performance combine to such flawless effect.

Mark Lockheart has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene for over twenty years, first with Loose Tubes, then with Perfect Houseplants, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, The Scratch Band, Big Idea, Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs and Polar Bear. Now he introduces his latest band - the Mark Lockheart Group. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Mark Lockheart: Ellington In Anticipation (CD: Subtone)
A brand-new project inspired by the music of Duke Ellington, taking many of Ellington’s most revered compositions such as Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Take The A Train, It Don’t Mean A Thing and Creole Love Call, Mark has deconstructed and arranged these characterful melodies into a fascinating set of new music, rich in orchestration and concept and entirely respectful to the beauty of Ellington’s original creations. Featuring some of the most exciting and original musicians in the UK, this is a unique and radical project which beautifully combines the old with the new.

This all star seven- piece group includes Mark Lockheart (saxophone- Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the year 2010, Loose Tubes, Polar Bear etc) Seb Rochford (drums) Liam Noble (piano) Tom Herbert (bass) Finn Peters (alto sax), James Allsop (clarinets) and Margrit Hasler ( viola). 


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Mark Lockheart: Ellington In Anticipation (CD: Subtone)


Alyn Cosker: Lyn's Une (SACD: Linn)Alyn Cosker: Lyn's Une (SACD: Linn)
'Lyn's Une' is an album of searching electrifying jazz with compositional flair and mighty muscle from drummer extraordinaire Alyn Cosker. 'Lyn's Une' (a typing error for 'Alyn's Tune') showcases Alyn as an impeccable drummer equally comfortable at writing new tunes for a variety of instruments and vocals. His growing reputation has attracted top-class musicians who show the strength of the current Scottish jazz scene.

As a drummer, Alyn Cosker grooves for a wide array of musicians in many styles, but it is in jazz that he is really making a name for himself. His drumming is influenced by many of the jazz greats including Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro. He has drummed for Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Courtney Pine, Carol Kidd and Clare Teal.

As a writer he is influenced by many composers and in particular by saxophonist Tommy Smith who plays some wonderful solos on the album, including a driving solo on Bheki (a tribute to the late Bheki Mseleku). There are some soulful solos from fellow saxophonist Paul Towndrow on Lyn's Une and there are several energising and inventive solos from former rock guitarist David Dunsmuir throughout the album including on That's the Ticket - an upbeat funky track.

The rest of the rhythm section includes bassist Ross Hamilton and Jason Rebello on piano and the entire band can be heard playing together on Twitter and Bisted. Straight Through Boogaloo is a fantastic demonstration track to showcase Alyn Cosker's talents. His softer side can be heard on the final track When Autumn Comes co-written and performed by SNJO vocalist Maureen McMullan. (Linn Records) 


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National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland: NYJOS Collective (CD: NYOS)
NYJOS Collective is a 9-piece ensemble offering the more experienced members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland the opportunity to publicly perform their own arrangements, play a wide variety of compositions and lead jazz workshops with members of the community. Their debut CD includes music composed by some of the band members and unique arrangements of contemporary jazz standards by band Director, Malcolm Edmonstone. With impressive improvisations and scorching solos, tracks on the CD include: Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring, Gentle Piece by Kenny Wheeler and a version of Prince’s Thieves in the Temple, arranged by jazz veteran Herbie Hancock. (NYOS) 


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National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland: NYJOS Collective (CD: NYOS)


June Time- The Allan Ganley Legacy (CD: Vocalion)June Time- The Allan Ganley Legacy (CD: Vocalion)
This Vocalion release features a superb big band, made up of the finest British jazz musicians, playing the brilliant arrangements and compositions of the late Allan Ganley. Allan, who died in 2008, was one of Britain’s leading drummers, and throughout his lengthy career played in bands and groups led by luminaries such as John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes and for Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini and many, many others. He was also one of the most gifted arranger-composers of his generation, and this CD is a tribute to his genius.

Recorded in 2009 and produced by Keith Mansfield, the world-class big band heard here is led by saxophonist Andy Panayi and includes in its ranks virtuosos such as Mark Nightingale, Cliff Hardie and Gordon Campbell (trombones), Henry Lowther, Martin Shaw and Tony Fisher (trumpets), Julian Siegel (tenor sax) and Mike Smith (drums). The music shows off the various facets of Allan’s skill as an arranger and composer, ranging from the hard-swinging, up-tempo Victor and the sublime harmonies of Two for the Road and June Time through to the joyous, uplifting samba grooves of Allisamba, among many others. An unmissable release for all who appreciate the finest in big band music. (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Gareth Williams Power Trio: Shock! (SACD: Linn)
"Shock!" sees Wales' top jazz pianist deliver a selection of funky originals. From melancholy ballads to biting funk, the Power Trio bring a powerful focus and lyrical power to all that they play. (Linn Records)

with Laurence Cottle (electric bass) & Ian Thomas (drums) 


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Gareth Williams Power Trio: Shock! (SACD: Linn)


The London Horn Sound with Gwilym Simcock: Give It One (CD: Cala)The London Horn Sound with Gwilym Simcock: Give It One (CD: Cala)
Featuring nineteen of London’s finest horn players and pianist Gwilym Simcock, Britain’s “Jazz Musician of the Year”, Give It One covers the jazz spectrum with a dazzling array of standards and new compositions.

Conductor of Give It One and Artistic Director of Cala Records, Geoffrey Simon, comments: “This CD shows not only that fine French horn players have the versatility and talent to excel in the big band idiom, but that they produce an amazing collective sound, like no big band ever heard before. The music goes from red-hot to velvety cool.” Simcock and the French horns are supported by the experienced Sam Burgess (bass) and Martin France (drums). (Cala Records) 


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Geoff Eales Trio: Master Of The Game (CD: Edition)
 


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Geoff Eales Trio: Master Of The Game (CD: Edition)


Dave Stapleton Quintet: Catching Sunlight (CD: Edition)Dave Stapleton Quintet: Catching Sunlight (CD: Edition)
Pianist and composer Dave Stapleton's new album is filled with gorgeous melodies, drenched in sensual harmonies and driven by subtle, shifting rhythms and strange, exotic time signatures. He is joined by the Lunar Saxophone Quartet who weave and intertwine delightful dancing melodies over the rhythm section's steady, supple pulse, while Neil Yates' trumpet floats high above the ensemble. (New Note) 


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Jim Mullen Organ Trio featuring Stan Sulzmann: Make Believe (CD: Diving Duck)
 


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Jim Mullen Organ Trio featuring Stan Sulzmann: Make Believe (CD: Diving Duck)


John Randall Quintet: Insomnia (CD: Tentoten)John Randall Quintet: Insomnia (CD: Tentoten)
The John Randall Quintet play young, modern, forward thinking music that, whilst always influenced by the musical traditions of jazz, sees the raw energy of rock and the deep groove of hip hop sit alongside abstract textures and electronics. Complex rhythmic and harmonic ideas are made to sound simple and catchy. It is music of contrasts, where a sub bass rock out can dissolve within seconds into a rubato ballad. Underpinning all of this is the musicality of a band of virtuosic improvisers and the concept of playing honest music that does not draw boundaries between different musical genres or traditions . (Tentoten Records) 


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Finn Peters: Butterflies (CD: Accidental)
 


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Finn Peters: Butterflies (CD: Accidental)


Tom Richards Orchestra: Smoke And Mirrors (CD: Candid)Tom Richards Orchestra: Smoke And Mirrors (CD: Candid)
'Smoke and Mirrors' is the debut album from the Tom Richards Orchestra, featuring 5 original compositions by the band leader Tom Richards as well as one unique collaboration co-written with and featuring Jamie Cullum on vocals. The TRO is a unique 19 piece jazz orchestra comprised of London’s most sought after young musicians including Gareth Lockrane (flutes), conductor Jules Buckley and BBC Jazz Awards winners Gwilym Simcock (piano) and Jim Hart (vibes). This orchestra is truly an ensemble of international stature and a who’s who of the UK’s current vanguard, as many of the TRO alumni are leaders of successful projects in their own right.

With this CD Tom takes a giant step forward from being one of the UK’s leading young saxophonists to acquiring his own one-of-a-kind sound that goes far beyond that of the average big band. (Candid Records) 


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Chris Biscoe Quartet: Gone In The Air- The Music Of Eric Dolphy (CD: Trio Records)
BBC double award winner Tony Kofi joins Chris Biscoe in an exploration of the musical legacy of reeds virtuoso Eric Dolphy. Gone In The Air features arrangements specially developed for this quartet with music written by Eric Dolphy, and tunes from Oliver Nelson, Fats Waller and Monk. (Trio Records) 


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Chris Biscoe Quartet: Gone In The Air- The Music Of Eric Dolphy (CD: Trio Records)


Chris Biscoe: Profiles Of Mingus (CD: Trio Records)Chris Biscoe: Profiles Of Mingus (CD: Trio Records)
Taking as its theme Charles Mingus's musical portraits of friends, enemies, lovers, cats and fellow musicians, Profiles of Mingus explores nine of his tunes with groups varying from septet with four horns through sextet and quintet to a quartet of trumpet, sax and two drummers. The CD is completed by four solo sketches. Larry Bartley and Stu Butterfield played on the 2008 CD Gone in the Air - The Music of Eric Dolphy (Trio TR578) by Chris Biscoe, and again demonstrate the dynamism and swing which were universally praised on that record. 


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Chris Biscoe Quartet: Live At Campus West (CD: Trio Records)
Live recording of a quartet led by leading UK saxophonist / clarinettist Chris Biscoe and featuring Tony Kofi on alto and tenor saxophone. The group was formed to explore innovations brought to jazz by Eric Dolphy, a remarkable virtuoso who combined many of the virtues of bebop and earlier jazz forms with an open-mindedness matched by few other musicians. (Proper Note) 


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Chris Biscoe Quartet: Live At Campus West (CD: Trio Records)


Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Then And Now (CD: Trio Records)Chris Biscoe & Allison Neale: Then And Now (CD: Trio Records)
'Then and Now' with alto saxophonist Allison Neale and Chris Biscoe on baritone sax, is based on the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on 'Blues in Time' and 'Two of a Mind'.

The quartet is completed by bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Stu Butterfield. This is the group's first recording, joined on some tracks by guitarist Colin Oxley, and includes new original pieces by Chris and Allison. (Proper Music) 


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Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance: Accident And Insurgency (SACD: Linn)
Accident and Insurgency features five of the UK's most exciting young jazz musicians, in collaboration with U.S. jazz legend, trumpeter Eddie Henderson. (Linn Records)

One of the aims when Ambulance first formed was to make it sound like a band, rather than a bunch of musicians playing one person's compositions. We felt it important that there should be the opportunity for complete spontaneity within the structure of the music - if anybody felt like changing tack halfway through a tune they should be able to.

In 2006 the five of us, minus Eddie Henderson, were the first jazz group to be offered a musical development residency at Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. We spent a lot of time improvising freely and most of the tracks on this CD have been written around those moments, captured on minidisc and inspired by people and places in and around Aldeburgh.

Having worked frequently with Eddie Henderson, I knew that his musical open-mindedness and generosity of spirit would dovetail with the band so I invited him to tour with us during May 2006.

The bulk of this recording (over 45 minutes) was completed during one four-hour live session, mid-tour, and I think captures the essence of the band. (Arnie Somogyi) 


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Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance: Accident And Insurgency (SACD: Linn)


Scenes From The City: The Man Who Never Sleeps- The Music Of Charles Mingus (CD: Woodville)Scenes From The City: The Man Who Never Sleeps- The Music Of Charles Mingus (CD: Woodville)
This is the first album from Scenes in the City, a band assembled by bassist Arnie Somogyi and dedicated to performing the works of jazz great Charles Mingus. The fiery sax section of Alan Barnes and Tony Kolfi with Jimmy Knepper inspired trombonist Jeremy Price delight in the riotous swing of the rhythm section of Mark Edwards piano, Arnie on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

The music ranges from the wild, unfettered blues of "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", through a nod in the direction of free jazz "What Love" to tender Ballads "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and the title track "The Man Who Never Sleeps", a theme Mingus himself never recorded. The band has been bringing the house down at festivals and the same spirit is very much caught on this "live in the studio" recording. (ProperNote) 


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Gwilym Simcock: Perception (CD: Basho)
To say that Gwilym Simcock's debut album is awaited with huge anticipation would be no exaggeration. Gwilym is generally considered to be the most exciting British pianist/composer to emerge in recent years, as Chick Corea said: "Gwilym's an original. A creative genius." A previous winner of The Perrier Award, BBC Jazz Awards and British Rising Star Awards, this year (2007) he was voted Jazz Musician Of The Year at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards and is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. The trio is completed by Phil Donkin (bass) and Martin France (drums) with guest appearances on several tracks by Stan Sultzmann (tracks), John Parricelli (guitar) and Ben Bryant (percussion). (Proper Music) 


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Gwilym Simcock: Perception (CD: Basho)


Gwilym Simcock: Blues Vignette (CD: Basho, 2 CDs)Gwilym Simcock: Blues Vignette (CD: Basho, 2 CDs)
 


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Gwilym Simcock: Good Days At Schloss Elmau (CD: ACT)
"Adventurous yet as sophisticated and technically brilliant as ever, Gwilym Simcock s latest album marks a new stage in his career." (London Evening Standard) 


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Gwilym Simcock: Good Days At Schloss Elmau (CD: ACT)


Simcock / Garland / Sirkis: Lighthouse (CD: ACT)Simcock / Garland / Sirkis: Lighthouse (CD: ACT)
Garland, Simcock and Sirkis sound out all imaginable possibilities of this unusual instrumentation. A miniature orchestra that unites skillfully interweaving melodies, complexity and groove. Strong, distinctive melodies and bounding folk-tinged rhythms underpin the music, along with many other influences from around the world and some tributes to a few of the great musicians of recent British contemporary music history. (ACT) 


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Portico Quartet: Knee Deep In The North Sea (CD: Real World)
 


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Portico Quartet: Knee Deep In The North Sea (CD: Real World)


Portico Quartet: Isla (CD: Real World)Portico Quartet: Isla (CD: Real World)
 


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Portico Quartet (CD: Real World)
Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future. (Proper Music) 


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Portico Quartet (CD: Real World)


Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford (CD: F-ire)Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford (CD: F-ire)
 


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Empirical: Empirical (CD: Destin-e)
 


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Empirical: Empirical (CD: Destin-e)


Empirical: Elements Of Truth (CD: Naim)Empirical: Elements Of Truth (CD: Naim)
 


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Simon Spillett: Sienna Red (CD: Woodville)
Following on from his successful Woodville debut, Simon Spillett presents the new edition of his superb quartet, now featuring ex-Hayes sideman Spike wells, with a set of tunes either composed by or associated with the great Tubby Hayes. Now firmly his own man Simon leads this session of virtuoso performances with great authority and awesome fluency. (New Note) 


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Simon Spillett: Sienna Red (CD: Woodville)


Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia: Never Say Goodbye (CD: Intuition)Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia: Never Say Goodbye (CD: Intuition)
 


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Ingrid Laubrock & Liam Noble: Let's Call This (CD: Babel)
 


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Ingrid Laubrock & Liam Noble: Let's Call This (CD: Babel)


Christian Brewer Quintet: Seesaw (CD: Basho)Christian Brewer Quintet: Seesaw (CD: Basho)
 


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Martin Speake: Change Of Heart (CD: ECM)
 


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Martin Speake: Change Of Heart (CD: ECM)


Geoff Gasgoyne: Keep It To Yourself (CD: Candid)Geoff Gasgoyne: Keep It To Yourself (CD: Candid)
Geoff is the bass player with the multi platinum artist Jamie Cullum. Jamie sings on two tracks including "God Only Knows", a favourite of his live set and unavailable elsewhere. Also features two tracks with guest vocals from Georgie Fame. Extensive marketing to Jamie Cullum's fanbase.

Originally from Nottingham but based in London since the late 1970s, Geoff Gascoyne is now a world-renowned bassist (both electric and acoustic), bandleader and arranger, having played and toured internationally with Everything But The Girl, Jim Mullen, Ian Shaw, Georgie Fame, Guy Barker and contributed to a host of other projects in the worlds of jazz, pop and classical music. With countless appearances at Ronnie Scott's club and many recording sessions under his belt he is also a well-respected name within the London jazz community and is presently a mainstay of the Jamie Cullum band.

Jamie is a featured guest vocalist on this new album, as is Georgie Fame and Geoff's wife Trudy Kerr. Geoff's playing team is Martin Shaw (trumpet), Steve Kaldestad (saxes), Tom Cawley (piano), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) and the Gavin Wright String Quartet. (Proper Music) 


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James Chadwick: Undercurrent (CD: 33 Jazz)
 


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James Chadwick: Undercurrent (CD: 33 Jazz)


Ronnie Rae Quintet: From The Cradle To The Groove (CD: Tentoten)Ronnie Rae Quintet: From The Cradle To The Groove (CD: Tentoten)
 


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Rob Hughes: Butterfly (CD: Self Produced)
 


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Rob Hughes: Butterfly (CD: Self Produced)


Jonny Boston: What's Waiting (CD: Sheldon)Jonny Boston: What's Waiting (CD: Sheldon)
 


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Tim Garland: Enter The Fire (CD: Linn)
 


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Tim Garland: Enter The Fire (CD: Linn)


Tim Garland: Change Of Season (CD: Sirocco)Tim Garland: Change Of Season (CD: Sirocco)
 


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Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky (CD: Edition)
For years now, Tim Garland’s playing and composition have less reflected ‘influences’ than styles he has mastered – everything from Celtic music to Yellowjackets fusion, from free improvisation to classical performance, from ECM ‘third stream’ to left-field electroacoustics. As a composer, he uses his native eclecticism and phenomenal technique to make telling and often surprising connections; as a bandleader, he creates spaces in which other musicians will surprise themselves. Songs to the North Sky unites these two strands of his career in one remarkable project. After two years in the making between much international touring and time away from the UK, Garland celebrates ten years of “Lighthouse Music” and a deserved place once again as band leader. (Edition Records) 


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Tim Garland: Songs To The North Sky (CD: Edition)


Tim Garland: One (CD: Edition)Tim Garland: One (CD: Edition)
One is the new, highly energetic and unifying studio album from Tim Garland. Working with his regular collaborators Jason Rebello, Asaf Sirkis and Ant Law, the sax maestro has dug back into his past and re-examined his early interest in jazz-rock styles.

With One Tim explores many of the influences that have guided him from the beginning, such as jazz-rock (his Canterbury roots); saxophone players from both sides of the Atlantic; the Celtic guitar music from long running project Lammas; the Latin and Spanish inflections that are so deeply a part of Chick Corea’s music; and a variety of rhythmic patterns learned from drum maestros Bill Bruford and Asaf Sirkis. (Edition Records) 


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Acoustic Ladyland: Camouflage (CD: Babel)
 


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Acoustic Ladyland: Camouflage (CD: Babel)


Acoustic Ladyland: Last Chance Disco (CD: Babel)Acoustic Ladyland: Last Chance Disco (CD: Babel)
 


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Acoustic Ladyland: Skinny Grin (CD: V2)
 


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Acoustic Ladyland: Skinny Grin (CD: V2)


Charlie Watts & The Tentet: Watt's At Scott's (CD: Black Box, 2 CDs)Charlie Watts & The Tentet: Watt's At Scott's (CD: Black Box, 2 CDs)
 


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Denys Baptiste: Be Where You Are (CD: Dune)
An outstanding recording début by one of the UK's foremost saxophonists/composers, Be Where You Are netted Denys Baptiste two of the UK music industry's most prestigious awards in 1999: a Mercury Music Prize Award for An Album Of The Year plus the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act, confirming this former Jazz Warrior's place amongst the most exciting leaders in jazz today. From cool blue saxuality to red zone virtuosity, Be Where You Are represents a superb collection of '90s swing, lush ballads, vibrant Afro-Latin rhythms, mystical grooves and stomping R'n'B by this world-class artist. (Proper Music) 


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Denys Baptiste: Be Where You Are (CD: Dune)


Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring (CD: Dune)Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring (CD: Dune)
With two critically acclaimed albums and numerous awards including, in 1999, a Mercury Music Prize for An Album Of The Year and a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act, high standards are expected and are definetely delivered for this, Denys Baptiste’s third album. Let Freedom Ring! is a beautifully crafted suite which musically echoes the historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech of Dr Martin Luther King. Rejuvenating King’s message of freedom, equality and justice, Denys inspires us all through his joyously uplifting and celebratory outlook, encouraging us to Let Freedom Ring!. This album is an exhilarating mix of contemporary jazz, gospel, blues, and Afro-Cuban music combined with the poetry and voice of Ben Okri (reading extracts from his epic poem, Mental Fight) and featuring an explosive international line-up, including Abram Wilson, Gary Crosby, and Omar Puente. (Dune Records) 


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Denys Baptiste: Alternating Currents (CD: Dune)
 


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Denys Baptiste: Alternating Currents (CD: Dune)


Denys Baptiste: Identity By Subtraction (CD: Dune)Denys Baptiste: Identity By Subtraction (CD: Dune)
‘Identity By Subtraction’ is a collage of thoughts and improvisations that together create an image that represent the artist's responses to life's experience as a black man of Caribbean descent playing jazz music in the UK in 2011. Saxophonist Denys Baptiste is well established as a multi award-winning artist, most notably for his Mercury Music Prize Album of The Year 1999, MOBO Awards Best Jazz Act 1999 and British Jazz Awards Rising Star 2000. He now releases 'Identity By Subtraction', his fourth album for Dune and his first release since 'Let Freedom Ring!' was voted Jazzwise magazine's Album Of The Year 2003. (Proper Music) 


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Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (CD: Edition)
The Late Trane is the powerful and commanding new album from British saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a giant of the UK jazz scene. Reimagining and reworking ten carefully chosen composition from John Coltrane's late music (from 1963 - 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, The Late Trane perfectly balances Denys Baptiste's unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane's late music.

After almost two decades experience at the forefront of the British and European Jazz scene, Denys Baptiste still brims with the confidence of a youthful spirit. With a stellar band that fires on all cylinders and a new home at Edition Records, Denys' career continues to grow and blossom. This is an album by an artist in total control of his vision, a bandleader flexing his muscles and a musician in his instrumental prime. The Late Trane will fulfil his potential at an international level and bring a new audience to one of the finest instrumentalists and composers on the UK scene - something of a sleeping giant in the last 3 decades, but a giant that is about to wake! (Proper Music) 


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Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane (CD: Edition)


Dylan Howe: The Way I Hear It (CD: OT Records)Dylan Howe: The Way I Hear It (CD: OT Records)
 


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Dylan Howe: Subterranean- New Designs On Bowie's Berlin (CD: Motorik)
'Subterranean' is Dylan Howe's first studio album in ten years. It's made up of his arrangements of Bowie's influential music from his Berlin Trilogy and has been seven years in the making. It features some of the best musicians in the UK. Alongside Dylan Howe (drums/synths) are Ross Stanley (piano/synths), Brandon Allen and Julian Siegel (tenor saxophones), Mark Hodgson and Nick Pini (double bass), Adrian Utley (guitar) and special guest, the legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe playing koto. (Proper Music) 


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Dylan Howe: Subterranean- New Designs On Bowie's Berlin (CD: Motorik)


Roger Beaujolais Quintet: Blue Reflections (CD: Stay Tuned)Roger Beaujolais Quintet: Blue Reflections (CD: Stay Tuned)
Virtuoso vibes player Roger presents his new album “Blue Reflections” with his regular all-star UK band : tenor/soprano saxophonist Mark Lockheart, pianist Robin Aspland and drummer Winston Clifford; bass duties on the album are shared between Simon Thorpe and Orlando LeFleming.

As the title suggests, “Blue Reflections” features 11 blues-infused tunes: six original compositions by Roger Beaujolais sit neatly alongside fresh and inventive versions of Hank Mobley’s “Soul Station”, Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar”, Grant Green’s “Green Jeans”, Kenny Burrell’s “Chitlins Con Carne”, and Joey Caldarazzo’s “Midnight Voyage”.

Roger Beaujolais originally gained recognition with 80s jump jive favourites The Chevalier Brothers. After a brief spell with the chart -topping Fairground Attraction, he formed Latin-jazz outfit The Beaujolais Band, and later the jazz/funk/soul group Vibraphonic - both these bands releasing a number of big-selling albums on Acid Jazz Records. Roger currently plays with Tim Richards’ Great Spirit and Tommaso Starace, and runs his own label, StayTuned Records. He also teaches jazz vibraphone at Trinity College of Music, London. (Discovery Records) 


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Perfect House Plants: Snap Clatter (CD: Linn)
 


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Perfect House Plants: Snap Clatter (CD: Linn)


Perfect Houseplants: New Folk Songs (SACD: Linn)Perfect Houseplants: New Folk Songs (SACD: Linn)
 


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First House: Cantilena (CD: ECM)
 


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First House: Cantilena (CD: ECM)


Loose Tubes: Dancing On Frith Street (CD: Lost Marble)Loose Tubes: Dancing On Frith Street (CD: Lost Marble)
Previously unreleased live session recorded at Ronnie Scott's in 1990 by Loose Tubes, the innovative big band that brought together many of the leading young jazz musicians of the day. With over 20 members, Loose Tubes was one of the biggest of big bands and it drew on a considerable pool of writing as well as playing talent: particularly from Django Bates, Eddie Parker, Steve Berry and Chris Batchelor. Its music was an exotic blend of jazz, rock and sundry world musics plus a substantial dash of British humour.

Founded in 1984 the group was a great concert draw and it released 3 albums, including one produced by Teo Macero, the producer of many of Miles Davis’s classic albums. None of Loose Tubes’ albums have been available for many years so this CD of previously unreleased material will be welcomed by their many thousands of fans. (Proper Note) 


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David Newton: Victim Of Circumstance (CD: Linn)
 


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David Newton: Victim Of Circumstance (CD: Linn)


David Newton, Andrew Cleyndert & Colin Oxley: Out Of This World (CD: Trio Records)David Newton, Andrew Cleyndert & Colin Oxley: Out Of This World (CD: Trio Records)
 


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Guy Barker Quintet: Holly J (CD: Miles Music)
 


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Guy Barker Quintet: Holly J (CD: Miles Music)


Guy Barker's Extravaganza: Isn't It? (CD: Spotlite)Guy Barker's Extravaganza: Isn't It? (CD: Spotlite)
 


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Guy Barker: Soundtrack (CD: Provocateur)
 


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Guy Barker: Soundtrack (CD: Provocateur)


Guy Barker: The Amadeus Project (CD: Global Mix, 2 CDs)Guy Barker: The Amadeus Project (CD: Global Mix, 2 CDs)
 


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Steve Melling - Clark Tracey Special Septet: Special One (CD: Melljazz)
This is the first album from an exciting band formed in 2009

All tracks are original compositions by the musicians, with one exception, Ray Noble's Cherokee, arranged by Simon Allen.

Featuring Mark Armstrong, Simon Allen, Dave O'Higgins, Josephine Davies, Mark Bassey, Steve Melling, Geoff Gascoyne & Clark Tracey. 


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Steve Melling - Clark Tracey Special Septet: Special One (CD: Melljazz)


Steve Melling: Keys To The Upper Story (CD: Melljazz)Steve Melling: Keys To The Upper Story (CD: Melljazz)
Solo piano album of original compositions selected from the music Melling has written from the the mid-1970's up until 2008. 


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The Great Wee Band: Light Blue (CD: Trio Records)
The Great Wee Band follows up their critically acclaimed ‘Sound of Music’ album with a new studio recording featuring a special guest, tenor saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, along with the original lineup - Henry Lowther, trumpet and flugelhorn, Jim Mullen, guitar, Dave Green at the bass, and Stu Butterfield on drums. (Proper Note) 


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The Great Wee Band: Light Blue (CD: Trio Records)


Martin Speake: Hullabaloo (CD: Linn)Martin Speake: Hullabaloo (CD: Linn)
 


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Martin Speake: Generations (CD: Pumpkin)
In his 50th year alto saxophonist Martin Speake celebrates by recording a set of standard songs with a quartet featuring Barry Green on piano, Dave Green on bass and Jeff Williams on drums. The band plays these classics tunes as if they were their own original compositions, reinventing the forms with spontaneity and melodic and rhythmic imagination. (New Note) 


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Martin Speake: Generations (CD: Pumpkin)


Gerard Presencer: The Optimist (SACD: Linn)Gerard Presencer: The Optimist (SACD: Linn)
 


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Gerard Presencer: Platypus (SACD: Linn)
 


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Gerard Presencer: Platypus (SACD: Linn)


Gerard Presencer & Danish Radio Big Band: Groove Travels (CD: Edition)Gerard Presencer & Danish Radio Big Band: Groove Travels (CD: Edition)
Groove Travels is the highly anticipated new album from British trumpeter, arranger and composer Gerard Presencer, featuring the Danish Radio Big Band. Groove Travels is set to be a defining album both for Gerard and for new Big Band conceptions. This new release is without doubt his most ambitious and well-executed solo recording to date and will happily stand alongside the leading voices in contemporary big band music. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Dave O'Higgins: Fast Foot Shuffle (CD: Candid)
 


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Dave O'Higgins: Fast Foot Shuffle (CD: Candid)


Dave O'Higgins Quartet/Quintet: In The Zone (CD: Jazzizit)Dave O'Higgins Quartet/Quintet: In The Zone (CD: Jazzizit)
 


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Alec Danworth with Julian Arguelles & Phil Robson: If You're Passing By (CD: Candid)
'If You're Passing By' utilises a trio format with the somewhat unusual decision to exclude a percussionist. Rather, Alec has chosen to fill the trio with the sultry saxophone of Julian Arguelles and Phil Robson's intensely gripping yet smooth guitar. Rejecting a drummer, Dankworth instead substitutes his own strengths as a rhythmic proprietor allowing the trio an atypical sense of freedom while also providing a painstakingly clear and emotionally vivid sound. (Candid Records) 


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Alec Danworth with Julian Arguelles & Phil Robson: If You're Passing By (CD: Candid)


Alec Dankworth: Spanish Accents (CD: Basho) Alec Dankworth: Spanish Accents (CD: Basho)
Alec Dankworth’s long-standing love of all things Spanish provided the inspiration for this album. Metheny, Corea, even Rodrigo are reinvented alongside traditional folk songs and originals in flamenco rhythms creating a wonderful and genuinely Spanish world. A heady mix of top British players - guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Arguelles, Chris Garrick’s gorgeous violin and Alec Dankworth’s bass interweaving with the genuinely Spanish drumwork of Barcelona-based Marc Miralta make this an unusual line-up. Added to this is some intriguing drone-work from French bagpipe expert Jean-Pierre Rasle. Three tracks include singing from the youngest member of the Dankworth dynasty, Emily, as well as the great Cleo Laine. (Proper Music) 


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Richard Fairhurst: Standing Tall (CD: Babel)
 


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Richard Fairhurst: Standing Tall (CD: Babel)


Richard Fairhurst's Tryptych: Amusia (CD: Babel)Richard Fairhurst's Tryptych: Amusia (CD: Babel)
TRIPTYCH is the absorbing new trio project formed by award-winning London-based pianist & composer Richard Fairhurst, featuring the superb Danish bassist Japer Hoiby and brilliant New York drummer Chris Vatalaro. As the band moniker infers, this is a party of three musicians interacting, either mesmerisingly interlocked on one of Fairhurst's intricate rhythmically urgent compositions or breaking free in fiery spontaneous improvisational passages. The music combines deep grooves with a rich harmonic concept and a lyrical approach to improvisation creating a fresh, exuberant contemporary sound all of its own. (Proper Music) 


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Richard Fairhurst & John Taylor: Duets (CD: Basho)
“Duets” is the first outcome of a fascinating project – an album of piano music played on two pianos. It is a collaboration between Richard Fairhurst and one of his great influences and mentors, John Taylor, who sadly died shortly before the album was to be released. It is Taylor's only recording on two pianos. The experience of this scenario for the musicians was special – given the rare opportunity of interacting with another piano. The result is stunning in terms of sound and arrangement. (Basho Records) 


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Richard Fairhurst & John Taylor: Duets (CD: Basho)


Tony Kofi Quartet: Plays Monk (CD: Specific)Tony Kofi Quartet: Plays Monk (CD: Specific)
 


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Tony Kofi: Future Passed (CD: Specific)
 


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Tony Kofi: Future Passed (CD: Specific)


Tony Kofi Quartet: The Silent Truth (CD: Specific)Tony Kofi Quartet: The Silent Truth (CD: Specific)
The Silent Truth comes two years after Kofi’s previous album of his own work, Future Passed. While that album focused on the trio format, utilising a classic B3 Hammond organ sound and solid, repetitive grooves and hooks, here he returns to the four-piece sound that he perfected while playing the works of Thelonious Monk. “It was only a matter of time before revisiting the magic of the quartet format,” says Kofi. “It’s been four years since recording the music of Monk (on the album All Is Know), so I thought 2008 was the right time to bring us all back together, same line-up only this time performing original compositions, having solidified our group sound from the first recording”. The pieces range in mood from the driving swing of If I Spoke My Mind to the playful and gently reflective Cicada, and demonstrate a continuing maturity in the sound of both the group and the individual players. (Proper Music) 


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Tony Kofi & Alan Barnes: The Kofi-Barnes Aggregation (CD: Woodville)
The unusual combination of two altos in a quintet led by two of the UK's most outstanding saxophonists - Tony Kofi and Alan Barnes. They have put together a brand new rhythm section for this project: pianist John Turville, bassist Adam King and drummer Rod Youngs. (Proper Music) 


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Tony Kofi & Alan Barnes: The Kofi-Barnes Aggregation (CD: Woodville)


Colin Steele: Twilight Dreams (CD: Caber)Colin Steele: Twilight Dreams (CD: Caber)
 


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Colin Steele: The Journey Home (CD: Caber)
 


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Colin Steele: The Journey Home (CD: Caber)


Colin Steele Quintet: Through The Waves (CD: ACT)Colin Steele Quintet: Through The Waves (CD: ACT)
 


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Colin Steele: Stramash (CD: Gadgemo)
Colin Steele’s latest project, Stramash, is the trumpeter’s most ambitious to date. The result is a culmination of the musical path he started to explore with his award winning jazz quintet of Dave Milligan (piano), Phil Bancroft (sax), Aidan O’Donnell (bass) and Stu Ritchie (drums). This has now been expanded to incorporate the cream of Scotland’s musical talent from the folk and classical worlds. The new band now includes three of Scotland’s finest folk fiddlers – Aidan O’Rourke, Catriona MacDonald and Mairi Campbell as well as Scotland’s top classical cellist Su-a Lee, and piper/whistler Rory Campbell.

Stramash draws both from Colin’s indigenous musical heritage and his years as an improvising jazz musician and is a joyful, heartfelt album from start to finish. Much of the album was written on the island of Islay where Colin went to compose for this large ensemble without the distractions of everyday life. One of the standout tracks is The Bletherer which has since gone on to win first prize in this year’s International Songwriting Competition – no mean feat with the judges including McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Youssou N'Dour and Tom Waits. Islay became very much part of the album, the first twelve tracks becoming known as the ‘Islay Suite’. His stay on the island inspired many of the tunes, from Shindig at the Lochside (after sampling the local whisky on his first night on the island) to Sunset over Loch Indaal (an evocation of the beauty of the landscape) and View from the Round Church, the final tune in the suite. The final three tracks on the album are arrangements of previously recorded tunes including the title track of his second album The Journey Home. (Gadgemo Records) 


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Colin Steele: Stramash (CD: Gadgemo)


James Pearson Trio: The Best Things In Life Are Free (CD: Diving Duck)James Pearson Trio: The Best Things In Life Are Free (CD: Diving Duck)
 


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James Pearson Trio: Swing The Club (CD: Diving Duck)
This is the long-awaited second album from The James Pearson Trio, and the first in their current incarnation as resident band at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Recorded over four nights live at the club, the album typifies the make-up of one of their regular sets, and captures the verve and intensity that is a product of performing together on such a regular basis in the great environment of one of the world’s most famous and respected jazz clubs. (Diving Duck Recordings) 


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James Pearson Trio: Swing The Club (CD: Diving Duck)


Robert Fowler: Tight Lines (CD: Diving Duck)Robert Fowler: Tight Lines (CD: Diving Duck)
Robert Fowler is regularly seen on the British jazz and big band circuit with various ensembles, including Humphrey Lyttleton, The Great British Jazz Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Pasadena Roof Orchetrsa, Back To Basie, and as far afield as Bryan Ferry. Tight Lines is Robert's first album as a featured soloist, and superbly displays the swinging feel and sonorous tone for which he has become known. (Diving Duck Recordings) 


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