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Review of Matt Ridley: The Antidote

Matt Ridley: The Antidote

Ant Law | Matt Ridley | Marc Michel | Alex Hitchcock | Tom Hewson

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu UBU

Rating: ★★★★

Matt Ridley was an in-demand bass sideman on the circuit before the pandemic crisis took hold, but he's also quietly...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2021

Review of Kippie Moketsi & HaiSinger: Blue Stompin'

Kippie Moketsi & HaiSinger: Blue Stompin'

Barney Rachabane | Gilbert Mathews | Kippie Moeketsi | Hal Singer | Duku Makasi | Sipho Gumede | August Gus Nemeth

We Are Busy Bodies

Rating: ★★★

USA meets SA on a session that has simpatico charm à gogo. While the trans-continental encounter of two excellent saxophonists,...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: August/2021

Review of Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories

Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories

J-Mood Records

Rating: ★★★

The Italian bassist and Chicagoan pianist are in bebop mode for much of the time here, but with nods to...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2021

Review of Bill Evans: Behind The Dikes: The 1969 Netherlands Recordings

Bill Evans: Behind The Dikes: The 1969 Netherlands Recordings

Eddie Gomez | Bill Evans | Marty Morell | Claus Ogerman | Metropole Orkest

Editor's Choice

Elemental

Rating: ★★★★

This, the latest release in a seemingly unstoppable stream of unreleased Evans recordings stems from two European tours, falling chronologically...

Reviewed by Brian Priestley in issue: August/2021

Review of Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz

Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz

Bill Evans | John Coltrane | Clark Terry | Herbie Mann | Miles Davis | Art Farmer | Tommy Flanagan | Eddie Costa | Phil Woods | Paul Gonsalves

20th Century Masterworks

Rating: ★★★

The reissue label (yet another entity legally domiciled in Andorra?) would have you believe that this music should be credited...

Reviewed by Brian Priestley in issue: August/2021

Review of Mofaya!: Like One Long Dream

Mofaya!: Like One Long Dream

Jaimie Branch | Aleksandar Skoric | John Dikeman | Luke Stewart

Trost

Rating: ★★★

Something of a new generation free-jazz super group, here, featuring leading younger players: Serbian drummer Skoric and American tenor man...

Reviewed by Daniel Spicer in issue: August/2021

Review of Modest Trio: Mussorgsky Portrait/The Double

Modest Trio: Mussorgsky Portrait/The Double

Self-release

Rating: ★★★

Pianists Steve Plews and Vladimir Miller pay tribute to two Russian giants – composer Mussorgsky and author Dostoevsky – with...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2021

Review of Mauro Gargano Trio: Feed

Mauro Gargano Trio: Feed

Diggin Music/Puglia Sounds

Rating: ★★★

This Puglia-based bassist leads an expressive piano trio featuring Norwegian pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and French drummer Christophe Marguet and their...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2021

Review of Kali Trio: Loom

Kali Trio: Loom

Ronin Rhythm Records

Rating: ★★★★

This Swiss-based group create some compelling prog-based rhythms underneath their lengthy, vaporous soundscapes. Imagine David Torn, Jack DeJohnette and Mike...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: August/2021

Review of Art Pepper: Gettin' Together

Art Pepper: Gettin' Together

Bill Perkins | Paul Chambers Pierre Michelot | Wynton Kelly | Jimmy Rowles | Mel Lewis | Ben Tucker | Conte Candoli | Jimmy Cobb | Art Pepper

American Jazz Classics

Rating: ★★★★

This must be the umpteenth reissue of Pepper’s second summit with a Miles Davis’ 1960 rhythm section in recent years....

Reviewed by Simon Spillett in issue: August/2021

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