Music Reviews

The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers are usually written off as just another MOR band, perhaps even the definitive example of the genre but as this documentary reveals they were a hard working, talented and extremely adaptable band that...
Moskus
What is it about scandinavians and jazz? They are all at it and an awful lot are rather good, this debut from Moskus puts them in the latter category. A piano trio whose members are in their early twenties Moskus ispianist...
Bobo Stenson Trio Indicum
Bobo Stenson Trio
Indicum starts out conventionally enough with a rendition of Bill Evans' Your Story, a gentle piece that lulls you into a false assumption that is quickly upturned in the next number. That tune is Indikon, a band composition...
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Live
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Nik Bärtsch is a restrained fellow, you'd not guess from this that he's a keyboard player, it sound's more like the bass player's band. This is because Bärtsch avoids taking a lead role, he is immersed in an ensemble which...
Bonobo Black Sands Remixed
Bonobo
The remix of Bonobo's Black Sands is a variety box of little sonic delicacies. An improvement on more recent offerings, and much more like his first album, the sounds flit around your brain like illuminated deep sea...
Jack of Hearts
Anthony WIlson Trio
Anthony Wilson made his name accompanying Diane Krall on her various tours, but when he’s not accompanying Elvis Costello’s wife he tends to do his own shtick, which is very different to the soft bossas that made Krall’s...
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood
Medeski, Martin and Wood have been at the forefront of being different for many years now. Their association with John Scofield originally resulted in the by now cherished legend that is the Scofield’s album A Go Go (1998)....
Enrico Rava
Italian trumpet player Enrico Rava must have a pretty efficient shielding system for keeping pop music out of his life. The inspiration for this live concert is the music of Michael Jackson, music which Rava only discovered...
Univers Zero Live!
Univers Zero
Univers Zero was a member of the late 1970s movement ‘Rock in Opposition’, a European collective (instigated by Henry Cow and Chris Cutler of the same) of bands committed to musical excellence and operating, by self-...
Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir
Anouar Brahem
It is possible to describe this album as music by Frederic Chopin written for a kanun (a variation on the dulcimer and zither) and played side by side next to Erik Satie’s music for oud. This album merges east and west in a...
The Cinematic Orchestra Presents In Motion #1
various artists
This welcome return for Jason Swinscoe and his band of imaginative cohorts starts out with a typically stylish TCO backdrop overplayed with live drum-work that's joined by a string quartet. So far so typical of this London...
Wesseltoft Schwarz - Duo
Wesseltoft Schwarz
Duo
Bugge Wesseltoft has been sampling himself and playing along with the sample, then repeating the process, building up layers of sound so that one instrument turns into a band, for some time now. This latest release from...

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