• Doris

    Doris

    I admit that I was drawn to this artist solely by his name, then he releases an album called Doris. I mean what can you do, I had to have it. And it turned out ...
  • Extended Circle

    Extended Circle

    The master of Scandinavian cool is back with another down tempo voyage of discovery. Accompanied by his extended band of Mats Eilertsen on double bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums as well as sax player ...
  • Slowly Rolling Camera

    Slowly Rolling Camera

    This debut from British four piece Slowly Rolling Camera has strong overtones of the Cinematic Orchestra, yet as that band is hardly prolific and it’s genre less than oversubscribed it’s great to hear something that ...
  • In Each and Every One

    In Each and Every One

    Drummer Seb Rochford, you know, him with the unfeasible afro, seems to be everywhere these days. Frankly I’m surprised that he found time to make an album with his band, but it was certainly worthwhile. ...
  • Hindsight Bias

    Hindsight Bias

    Prog meets post rock with a hint of disco. Sounds like a bad idea, but this ‘Scandiwegian’ trio pull it off rather well. Bly de Blyant is drummer Øyvind Skarbø, guitarist Hilmar Jensson and multi-instrumentalist ...
  • Anyone With A Heart

    Anyone With A Heart

    Finnish pianist Rantala seems to have more breadth than most in the field of contemporary music. His last album, My History of Jazz, a homage to the music that influenced him, could not be more ...
  • Travel Guide

    Travel Guide

    You don’t get many releases by guitar trios, the only one that sticks in my mind is Friday Night in San Francisco. This trio has been performing and recording together since 2005 but this is ...
  • The Vortex Sessions

    The Vortex Sessions

    Pianist Benjamin Taubkin and percussionist Adriano Adewale both come from São Paulo but met at the Vortex club in north London, where as the title infers, this recording was made. There’s nothing like meeting a ...
  • Standing at the Crossroads

    Standing at the Crossroads

    Johnny Shines was part of the second generation of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, born in 1915 his style was influenced by Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Howlin’ Wolf, but his claim to fame was that ...
  • Amigos

    Amigos

    Made in 1976, Amigos was Santana’s seventh album and found the guitarist looking for a change of direction, with quite a lot of proper songs and a mixture of styles. Today it’s an album that ...
  • Sleeper

    Sleeper

    This release has been ‘resting’ in the ECM vaults ever since it was recorded live in 1979 in Tokyo by Jarrett and his European quartet. This group recorded four albums between ’74 and ’79 but ...
  • Polska

    Polska

    Pianist Leszek Mozdzer plays to stadium sized crowds in his native Poland. Here he plays with Lars Danielsson on cello and bass, and percussionist/singer Zohar Fresco, a trio that has been together for ten years. ...
  • Cobra Fakir

    Cobra Fakir

    How do you make something new when you have been working together for over thirty years and are in a niche that has, in many ways been and gone, in terms of broad appeal? Miriodor ...
  • Fringe Magnetic

    Fringe Magnetic

    Fringe Magnetic is a 12 strong ensemble led by trumpet player and composer Rory Simmons, a musician who has worked with Jamie Cullum and Bat for Lashes among others. Yet neither of those names are ...
  • Miami Pop Festival

    Miami Pop Festival

    This recording from 1968 captures Hendrix in ferocious form, his use of feedback is merciless and the power he unleashes is by any standards totally epic. It opens with two minutes of howling guitar which ...

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