Music Reviews

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...
Food
For once the title fits the work, it's open to interpretation of course but does give some indication of the type of mood that it creates. Food is Thomas Strønen and Iain Ballamy, a drummer and a sax player and this is their...
Ryan Blotnick
Ryan Blotnick's first solo release starts out pretty angular and clearly electric but it's not long before Blotnick gets into a less aggressive acoustic style that's strong on innovation and had me hooked. I got the...
FInk
Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet is presumably a reference to the time that Fin ‘Fink’ Greenall has been spending on the road over the past couple of years. Like many musicians these days he can no longer rely on album sales for...
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)....

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