Harry Allen Septet

Review by Peter Vacher EFG London Jazz Festival 606 Club, London 16-11-2016. Having observed the much-vaunted AZIZA quartet sacrifice valid ideas for interminable noise and creativity for mindless repetition just a night before at Cadogan Hall, it was both a… Read More ›

Anoushka Shankar

Review and picture by Garry Corbett Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 10-11-2016 The sitar in popular music has a chequered history. The 1960s of course raised its profile somewhat with the adoption of the instrument by a certain band and in… Read More ›

Speak Low

Review and pictures by Brian Homer The mac, Birmingham UK 09-11-2016 Strange Fruit is very hard song to do because of getting the tone of it right and because Billie Holiday did such definitive versions of it. So not many… Read More ›

Jakob Bro – Streams

(ECM) The Danish guitarist’s previous trio disc for ECM, Gefion, had a quiet presence that was most attractive but this new one, again with Thomas Morgan on double bass but with Joey Baron replacing Jon Christensen behind the drum kit,… Read More ›

Oddarrang – Agartha

(Edition Records) The Finnish quintet of drummer Olavi Louhivuori, trombonist Ilmari Pohjola, guitarist Lasse Sakara, bassist Lasse Lindgren and cellist Osmo Iknonen create a compelling sound world which is highly distinctive and has a cinematic feel to it. In this… Read More ›

E.S.T. Symphony

(ACT) Eight years after the scuba-diving accident that killed Swedish pianist Esbjörn Svensson and stopped Europe’s most successful jazz group in its tracks, this ambitious project, masterminded by arranger-conductor Hans Ek with the participation of E.S.T. bassist Dan Berglund and… Read More ›

Palm Jazz Festival

Report by Mary James Gliwice, Poland 27/28-10-2016 The exotic sounding Palm Jazz Festival, Gliwice, Poland got its name from a happy accident. The first concert, back in 2010, was held in the Palm House in Gliwice. The idea was good,… Read More ›