Music Reviews

Gregory Porter
This review took longer than most because Liquid Spirit is a great sounding record, so good that it became a reference within days of its arrival and looks like remaining one for a long time to come. This is Porter’s first...
The Swallow Quintet
Steve Swallow is a bass player and partner of the organ player Carla Bley, her sound is as much a key to this album as Swallow's, it creates the ambiance. The bass is brought to the fore as you might expect but it doesn't...
Grey Reverend
Grey Reverend has bubbling under on and around the Ninja Tune label for a couple of years now, he popped up on the Cinematic Orchestra's last outing and that band's leader J Swinscoe has released this album on his Motion...
The Last Hurrah!!
Another Scandiwegian gem The Last Hurrah!! is Norwegian guitarist HP Gundersen along with a cornucopia of unusual acoustic instruments played by an international ensemble of great musicians. It's floaty, light and often...
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
In the past I have found the standards covered by Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette are a little too old and soft for my tastes, but this selection, originally presented at a 2009 concert in Lucerne, has just the right balance...
Thundercat
Just as the sixties has proved a happy hunting ground for Jack White the seventies would seem to be a major source of inspiration for Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat. This LA based singer/bassist's second album has a lot of...
June Tabor, Iain Ballamy, Huw Warren
According to the great Danny Baker: "Any pure music is inferior to mongrel music". The album reviewed here can be seen as prima facie evidence that the wordsmith/broadcaster is right. I have to confess that when the request...
Jaga Jazzist
This pairing seems as unlikely as Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra did back in the seventies yet it works, possibly rather better than the Purp's efforts judging from its place in the classic rock pantheon....
The Celluloid Records Story 1979 - 1987
Jean Karakos founded Celluloid Records in Paris in the late seventies but it wasn't until he started releasing bass player/producer Bill Laswell's work in the early eighties that it got off the ground. This two disc, 26...
Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra
Last year Goran Kajfes released the beautifully bound X/Y album with his Subtropic Arkestra playing largely original works on disc X and Kajfes with David Österberg doing a modern variant on In A Silent Way on disc Y, the...
Mop Mop
An unusual afro-european melange with a fabulous sound Isle of Magic is the sonic result of Mop Mop founder Andrea Benini's vision of an island of musicians. It varies in style quite dramatically, the first four tracks have...
In The Country
Sunset Sunrise continues the Norwegian trio In The Country's distinctive journey through the less obvious musical fjords. Morten Qvenlid's piano remains as rambling as ever yet continues to distract and delight. Laid back...

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