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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 ›

Empirical – Connection

(Cuneiform) This is Empirical’s fifth album and finds drummer Shaney Forbes, bassist Tom Farmer, saxophonist Nathaniel Facey and vibraphonist Lewis Wright further refining their already distinctive music. Last month the band preceded the release by creating a pop-up jazz lounge… 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 ›

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 ›

CD review: Ant Law

Entanglement (33 Jazz 230) Guitarist Ant Law takes inspiration from quantum physics for the title of his debut album – apparently when particles such as photons, electrons and molecules continue to instantaneously respond to their entangled counterparts even after separation… Read More ›

CD review: Dice Factory

Dice Factory (Babel)  A fine and lively example of exploratory contemporary British jazz from four players, three of whom have strong connections with other bands, including Empirical, Outhouse, Ma and Kairos 4tet. The band’s name suggests dice-throwing and influences the… Read More ›