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MSJO Residency Quintet

CBSO Centre, Birmingham UK 20-11-2015 The five members of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra could have chosen to treat this as a kind of after-show jam, content to take the stand with no prior plans, loosen their ties and unwind in… Read More ›

CD review: Patrick Cornelius

Fierce Whirlwind Recordings WR4614 The saxophone trio format is not an easy one, and it’s especially demanding on the saxophonist, but alto player Patrick Cornelius must have been quietly confident, because he has some particularly strong support in the form… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 18-05-10

Tom Harrell: Roman Nights (High Note HCD7207) The trumpeter’s third album for High Note with this band, and it’s a corker. On saxophone is Wayne Escoffery, on piano is Danny Grissett, on bass (and for the last 12 years) Ugonna… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 14-09-09

Michael Janisch: Purpose Built (Whirlwind Recordings WR4613) This is the debut disc from the Wisconsin-born, London resident bass player who you might have seen in this country playing with Tim Garland or Tommy Smith, Christine Tobin or Gwilym Simcock. For… Read More ›