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Sigmar Matthiasson: Arora

More evidence of the current strength of the Icelandic scene, Matthiasson's cracking debut album benefits from the presence of that excellent saxophonist Jóel Pálsson. The whole pin-bright ensemble interprets Matthiasson's...
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Blood, Sweat And Fred

More people should know about Fred Lipsius. He’s an excellent alto saxophonist, as well as playing tenor sax and piano and arranging and composing. Of course, he had quite...

Still Clinging to the Wreckage 11/19

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for those who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’”. – Bob Newhart. “I play...

Not enough Europe

Hidden Man – My Many Musical Lives

Hidden? Well, not anymore, if he ever was. He has been well known in music and entertainment circles for many years for his composing, arranging and performing skills. A...

JJ 05/80: Camden Festival Jazz Week – Eberhard Weber, Stinky Winkles, McCoy Tyner

Eberhard Weber's Colours/Stinky WinklesWeber's quartet fit all too easily into what has become known as the 'ECM sound'. The group create moody and impressionistic soundscapes, delivered with a cool...

Thelonious Monk Quartet: Live

I saw Monk in concert three times: first with his quartet at Jazz Expo 69, then with the Giants of Jazz in 1971 and 1972. I had originally found...