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Phronesis – Parallax

(Edition Records) This is the sixth album from the Anglo-Scandinavian trio of double bassist Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Anton Eger (well, very nearly – Eger’s place was taken by Mark Guiliana on one of them; the pianist… Read More ›

Ivo Neame Quintet

Presented by Birmingham Jazz The Red Lion, Hockley, Birmingham UK 12-06-2015 Pianist Ivo Neame and his band were playing the sixth and last date of a tour leading up to the release of their new album, Strata (reviewed here), on… Read More ›

Ivo Neame – Strata

(Whirlwind Recordings WR4674) Inevitably, British pianist (and saxophonist too, once upon a time) Ivo Neame is best known from his Scandinavian associations – as part of the trio Phronesis and as a crucial member or saxophonist Marius Neset’s band. He… Read More ›

Ant Law – Zero Sum World

(Whirlwind Recordings WR4663) Well, I’m really gutted. Parrot-sick. Chin-on-the-floor disappointed. When I reviewed Mr Law’s debut release, Entanglement, two years ago I concluded: “All in all this is a terrific and highly accomplished debut.” When I reviewed the band’s Birmingham… Read More ›

Marius Neset – Pinball

(ACT 9032-2) It’s possible to identify Marius Neset‘s rhythmically jumpy compositional and playing style even when it’s interpreted in the band clapping it out, which is exactly how this album, the fourth from the 29-year-old Norwegian saxophone wonder, and the… Read More ›


Birmingham Town Hall 31-05-2014 I went to see the comedian Stewart Lee earlier this year. What I found so fascinating about his performance was that not only did it fulfil all the criteria of a superb evening of comedy, but… Read More ›

Jasper Høiby – May 2014

The Danish double bass player was out on the road with Phronesis – with English pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger – playing dates around this country on the back of the band’s superb new album Life To Everything. They are at… Read More ›

Ant Law Quintet

The Red Lion, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham UK 14-02-2014 The personnel – and you’d be forgiven for finding this novel, as the information I’ve been getting has been changing every couple of days – was Ant Law on guitar, Michael Chillingworth… Read More ›