Reviews

Review of Chris Maddock: The Hunt EP

Chris Maddock: The Hunt EP

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Sticking to a tried-and-tested format runs the risk of sounding too derivative but Birmingham Conservatoire grad saxophonist-composer Chris Maddock’s take...

Reviewed in issue December/January/2021/2022

Review of Secret Sessions: Hoop

Secret Sessions: Hoop

Nichol Thomson | Ross Stanley | Lawrence Cottle | Steve Hamilton | Chris Allard | Miles Bould | Ian Thomas | Tom Walsh | Paul Booth

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Paul Booth likes to set a challenge: the Secret Sessions are based on the precept that no-one knows who they...

Reviewed in issue December/January/2021/2022

Review of Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Riley Stone-Lonergan | Sean Gibbs | Rob Brockway | Jay Davis | Calum Gourlay

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Although trumpeter Sean Gibbs’ debut album draws heavily on the modern mainstream, it avoids the generic. The result is a...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of The Harvey O’Higgins Project: That’s the Way to Live!

The Harvey O’Higgins Project: That’s the Way to Live!

Josh Morrison | Jeremy Brown | Dave O’Higgins | Graham Harvey

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

All is well with the world. Dave O’Higgins is back and swinging in partnership with old pals. Pandemics may come...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Alex Western-King: Sideslip

Alex Western-King: Sideslip

Jonny Wickham | Alex Western-King | Sam Leak | James Copus | Jay Davis

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

The impressively surnamed Western-King is a Guildhall music graduate, a classical clarinettist, a jazz saxophonist and author of Jazz Phrases...

Reviewed in issue August/2021

Review of Nigel Price Organ Trio: Wes Reimagined

Nigel Price Organ Trio: Wes Reimagined

Nigel Price

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

This is Price's most impressive recording to date. He thinks so, too. He told Jazzwise (in our December 2020 issue):...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of Richard X Bennett: rbx3

Richard X Bennett: rbx3

Richard X Bennett

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Check out Richard X Bennett's website and his eclectic dress sense: it immediately tells you this is an exuberant personality....

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of Jacky Naylor: The Industrial Suite

Jacky Naylor: The Industrial Suite

Jacky Naylor

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Last summer's Meraki release demonstrated Yorkshire-born pianist Jacky Naylor's compositional flair, on an album influenced more than a smidge by...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Roy Mor: After The Real Thing

Roy Mor: After The Real Thing

Roy Mor

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

An intriguing bandleader debut from Israeli pianist, composer and arranger Mor, whose background stints as a military paratrooper and a...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Shez Raja: Tales from the Punjab

Shez Raja: Tales from the Punjab

Ahsan Papu | Shez Raja | Fiza Haider | Qamar Abbas | Kashif Ali Dani | Zohaib Hassan

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

The British Asian electric bass player Shez Raja has been lauded for an Indofunk sound that blends East and West...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

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