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Phil Robson Organ Trio

Review and Picture by Garry Corbett Birmingham Jazz The Red Lion, Hockley, Birmingham UK 05-06-2015 At the end of the trio’s opening number Phil Robson gave us a little insight into the glamorous world of the itinerant jazz musician. His… Read More ›

Partisans – Swamp

(Whirlwind Recordings WR4657) Excellent as the albums are that saxophonist/clarinettist Julian Siegel and guitarist Phil Robson make individually, there is the sense that they feel under more pressure to deliver on those ones. When they get together with electric bassist… Read More ›

Zoe Rahman Quartet

Jazz At The Arena, Wolverhampton 05-10-2013 Review by John Watson The launch of a major jazz series in a city that has been starved of performances by international artists for many years is an occasion for great celebration, but it could… Read More ›

CD review: Zoe Rahman

Kindred Spirits (Manushi Records MANUCD005) Having explored some straight-ahead piano trio jazz on her Mercury Prize-nominated album, Melting Pot, and her Bengali heritage for the sublime Where Rivers Meet, Rahman broadens both those strands and expands her influences still further… Read More ›

Concert review: Pharaoh Sanders

Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 30-04-2011 Reviewed by JJ Wheeler  When somebody not only blessed with the company of, but also a close musical associate of, John Coltrane comes to town, you can’t help but expect great things. Thus,… Read More ›

CD review: Jay Phelps

Jay Walkin’ (Specific Records SPEC012) The young Vancouver, Canada-born trumpeter moved to the UK at 17 and went on to co-lead Empirical. Since he left that band, fans of his clear-headed horn playing have been anxiously awaiting some new recorded… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 04-07-09

Partisans: By Proxy (Babel BDV2983) This is only the fourth album Phi Robson, Julian Siegel, Thaddeus Kelly and Gene Calderazzo have recorded as Partisans, which seems extraordinary to me as they seem to have been around for much of my… Read More ›