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2012/12/28

Rainlore's World of Music will become simply Rainlore's World in the New Year, with a subtext of '- Music, Arts & Letters.' This is in order to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Now to the beef! Reviews of one fantastic album and two superlative gigs. A further review, of Ed Gray's Private Show (Fine Art) at Searcys, attended on 6th December, was also scheduled and is written up but is regrettably held back due to a delay with the illustrations. Hopefully, this will be included with the next site update.

Abdou Diop's Nootee is an outstanding album that puts a new slant on music from Senegal, tastefully blending the traditions of the south of the country with modernity. For more, head to the 'Other World Music' page.

Joint winner Best Debut Album in the 2011 Rainlore Jazz Albums of the Year for J'ai Deux Amour, Gabrielle Ducomble, at last was caught up with in the flesh! Gabrielle Ducomble - Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Thursday 6th December 2012 was a most memorable gig! Head for the Jazz page for more.

This was followed the following night by the British Queen of Chanson and Cabaret, Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012. A sensational show, sensationally illustrated by outstanding artist Alban Low! Head straight for the 'Other Music' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

Don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

For 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes when it returns in the New Year following a well-deserved Festive Season break! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

Don't miss out on news and gigs on the various section pages also.

Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/19

More absolute sensations! Reviews of a sensational gig, and two sensational albums.

The gig was Burton Bradstock - Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 1st December 2012. And if his album launch gig at The Pizza just recently blew the mind, this one perhaps even topped that! Head straight to the 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

The albums could hardly be more different from each other. First, there is the London Piano Trio's glorious recording of the Mendelssohn & Cotter Nixon 1st Piano Trios from the classical sphere. Robert Atchison, Olga Dudnik and David Jones - things simply don't get better than this. For more, head for the 'Classical' page.

Then, Marvin B. Naylor's The Stargazer's Symphonium is a singer-sonwriter album that is just out of this world! An enormous talent, as well on the 12-string guitar, is emerging and waiting to be discovered. Head to the 'Other Music' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

News also not to be missed on the 'Jazz' page includes the return of the one and only phenomenal British jazz singer Jan Ponsford to the UK scene! Oh yes!

And don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

For 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

Don't miss out on news and gigs on the section pages also.

Finally, a repeat of last week's 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/13

If a tad late, definitely worth waiting for are reviews of an outstanding classical recital and two amazing albums, from the jazz and 'world music' scene respectively.

You could be forgiven if at first you perhaps mistook Francesco Lo Castro, Eric De Fade & Tony De Paolis' While We Hope And Dream for smooth jazz. But you'd be far off the mark and missing the point of this album. Head straight for the 'Jazz' page for more.

One of the most exciting 'world music' albums of the year comes from Mavrika and their eponymous debut Mavrika. Pound for pound, it's one of the most compelling albums this year. For more go straight to the 'Other World Music' page.

A classical recital made in heaven would be a good way of describing Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge, Gabriella Swallow; London Piano Trio - Launch Of Massenet/Mendelssohn Albums At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Tuesday 20th November 2012. And beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Alban Low, too! Head straight for the 'Classical' page for more.

And speaking of Alban Low, he is currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, and will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs, album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

For 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

Don't miss out on news and gigs on the section pages also.

Finally, a 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/11/27

Sorry, no, no Rolling Stones review - Mick J. obviously forgot to arrange for the AAA press tix. And he's such a nice boy, really. Ah well...

Instead, we have four other reviews - a fab gig, two great albums, one of which a vinyl, and a superb fine art exhibition. The gig was the legendary Najma Akhtar In Concert At The Cockpit, Marylebone, London NW8, Sunday 11th November 2012. No fusion this time, but a rare presentation of ghazals, sufi songs, some semi-classical and some old Bollywood. For more, head for the 'Other World Music' page.

The vinyl LP is Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version) - it definitely warranted a separate review from the CD! A different beast, somehow... Head straight for the 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

The fine art review is in the shape of Ed Gray - Ebb & Flow Exhibition, Dixie Queen, Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge, London 11th November 2011. Gray is the artist behind the cover art for Burton Bradstock's album All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day. A spectacular show, and a richly illustrated review. Go to the 'Other Features,' 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

Last but by no means least, there's Music Pilgrim Trio's Spanning The Globe, an album that's almost all over the place, culturally and geographically speaking. For more go straight to the 'Other World Music' or 'Jewish Music' page. Please note that the latter section will be archived from the New Year and all reviews and other content will be covered on the 'Other World Music' page from then on.

Also for 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

And, regardless of whether you're a film fan or not, you ought to read Sarah Gillespie's acutely perceptive review of Ben Affleck's thriller Argo! Titled Argo and The Iranian Savage - a Film Review, there are lies, more lies, and more propaganda - the film, that is, and Ms. Gillespie's review should be a real eye-opener!

And finally, you might want to have a look at Yani Haigh's video Help is On the Way, using Rich Siegel's song of that title from his excellent album, The Way To Peace. It's an excellent video about solidarity with Gaza in the wake of the recent renewed savagery perpetrated by Israel. Go on folks, let's make this go viral!

Don't miss out on news and gigs on the section pages also.

 

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2012/11/16

Definitely worth waiting for, reviews of a stunning, sensational gig, two kick-ass albums, and a literary review of a thrilling new novel set in the music business! Plus, lots of other news on the 'Classical,' 'Jazz,' 'Jewish Music,' 'Other Music,' 'Other World Music' and 'Literary' pages.

Probably the gig of the year comes in the form of Burton Bradstock - All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day Album Launch At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 30th October 2012. There aren't enough superlatives to describe Bradstock's performance! And it's illustrated with the amazing artwork of Alban Low! Head straight for the 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

The first of two sensational albums comes from Vusi Mahlasela and Say Africa. Southern African folk/singer-song-writer at its best! For more, go to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page.

You can always rely on John Turville to come up with something special. The John Turville Trio's Conception is no exception. Head to the 'Jazz' page for more.

Last but by no means least, the literary review comes in the shape of Howard Male's Etc Etc Amen, a thrilling debut set in the music business! I had been 'sitting' on this review for a while, awaiting the publishing date this week. Go to the 'Literary' page for more.

And for 'world music' fans, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/10/31

Three album reviews and a special feature this time. The former include the cracker of an album from Chris Higginbottom, Where Land Ends. Another F-IRE Presents release, this is as exciting a contemporary jazz album as any and more than most. Head straight for the 'Jazz' page for more.

And then we have a double blast of chill nordic air in the form of two albums broadly from the 'world music' scene. From Finland, there's Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha's Yo Rovaniemella, although this might perhaps be better described as popular music. Go to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more.

While from Norway, there's the Einar Olav Larsen Trio's Lysblain. Polkas and Waltzes and other dances galore, but in a modernised idiom, and plenty of fiddling too. For more, head for the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page.

Plus in a special feature the latest fabulous A World in London Episodes by the one and only DJ Ritu are caught up with! DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 51-60 Playlists And Links archives play again links and playlists. See the 'Other Features' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

Don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/10/18

Three albums and a 'Terry-fic' gig reviewed this time. And as usual, other news on the various music pages. In strict alphabetical order, reviews are:

Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day, a mind-blowing album of folk jazz that sensitively and successfully marries two unlikely bed fellows! Head straight for the 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

Then, Nick Tann's The Vinyl Project takes us deep into singer-songwriter territory - an album and an artist to take note of. For more go to the 'Other Music' page.

The gig is the 'Terry-fic' Terryazoome - Launch Of Their Album Xana Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 13th October 2012. Another marriage, this time of jazz and 'world music,' that could have been made in music heaven. Go to the 'Jazz' or 'Other World Music' page for more.

And after a slightly belated review of their last album last time, a slightly early one this time of The Unthanks' Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs From The Shipyards, their third album in under a year! How do they do it, delivering one killer album after the next? Head straight for the 'Other World Music' page for more.

Don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/10/04

Four albums and an exceptional single are reviewed this time. In alphabetical order, there's the Ido Bukelman Quartet's Ido Bukelman's Cracked Song, a superb free jazz album from that excellent and adventurous Israeli label, OutNow Recordings. Head straight for the 'Jazz' page for more.

Then, we have Greek singer-songwiter Alkinoos Ioannidis' Local Stranger, a 'best of' compilation. For more go to the 'Other Music' page.

The first of two absolute killer albums comes in the form of flamenco guitarist Mehran's Subterranea, a beautiful concept album. For more head straight to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page.

Exceptional because it is, and because I only very rarely review singles, we have State Of Undress' I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) single. It's, well, gorgeous! Go to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more. Lots more!

The second absolute killer album, much delayed due to 'lost in post' syndrome, takes the shape of The Unthanks' Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band, their second fabulous album within less than a year! Head straight for the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more.

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is back on track also now with play-again and iTunes podcasts, up to episode 57! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/09/23

This time, reviews of three amazing albums, and one fan-tas-tic gig (which is the cause of this update being delayed - see below!). And back to alphabetical order.

From the ever fascinating, prestigious F-IRE Label comes the Dominic J. Marshall Trio's Icaros, Marshall's second studio recording. Another fab piano trio. For more head straight for the 'Jazz' page, where you can also find details of the F-IRE Festival and other news.

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier's Travels To The West is of course a superb guitar duo from the MGP stable. Something we have long been deprived of, this is a most welcome release of this form. Head for the 'Jazz' or 'Other Music' page for more.

The gig reviewed is the sensational Joanna Strand - Fly Transatlantic Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Tuesday 11th September 2012. This was to launch the album reviewed here last time. It features fabulous illustrations by Alban Low, renowned for his album covers, gig illustrations, and animations. These are the reason for this update being a tad delayed, as of course artists need time to complete their artwork, and then there is the lengthy editing and layout process. I make no excuses, for the wait is more than worthwhile as you will see! For more, go to the 'Jazz' or 'Other Music' page.

If you don't know what cumbia is, it's time you found out, and Various Artists :  The Original Sound Of Cumbia is the perfect way to discover this brilliant Colombian music. Head straight to the 'Other World Music' page for more.

Also, the UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012, reviewed here last time, have received an important update in the form of an addendum.

There are also some interesting events for the accordion connoisseur on the 'Classical' page.

Finally, a quick look-ahead to the next site update. This includes reviews (one slightly delayed) of two absolute killer albums from, broadly, the 'world music' scene. Something to look forward to!

 

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2012/09/08

After some delay due to 'man flu,' which also, to my greatest regret, caused me to miss out on two fabulous gigs, first the UK 2012 Panorama Finals and then Argentinean tango ambassador Martin Alvarado at Lauderdale House, here we are again! Only three reviews due to aforementioned 'man flu,' one a superlative gig and two albums, one of which is a real killer, and a special feature to make up for the missed Panorama. In reverse alphabetical order this time.

A gig to take your breath away barely begins to describe the UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012. It turned out an amazing extravaganza, superbly staged by The British Association of Calypsonians. Head straight for the 'Other World Music' or 'Steel Pan' page for more.

The killer album is acclaimed actress and singer Joanna Strand's Fly Transatlantic vocal jazz/cabaret debut album. For more, head for the 'Jazz' or 'Other Music' page.

Finally, there's Aziz Sahmaoui's University Of Gnawa or, more correctly, the self-titled Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa, an excellent, groove-driven album. Go to the 'Other World Music' page for more.

Having had to miss London Panorama, at least a special feature was in order, UK 2012 Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10, Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary. For more, go straight to the 'Steel Pan,' 'Other Features' or 'Other World Music' page.

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is finally back after taking a summer break along with SOAS Radio! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/08/20

This time, reviews of three fabulous albums and one equally fabulous gig. It's the London calypso season, and the UK Calypso Monarch Finals and the Notting Hill Carnival are almost upon us! Hence, to start us off we have reigning UK Calypso Monarch of two years' running Alexander D. Great's The Night Watchman, which of course includes the title with which he will be defending his crown and which also happens to be the sample track, the glorious Fifty Years (Living Independently). For more, head straight for the 'Other World Music' or 'Steel Pan' page.

The superb, fabulous gig comes in the form of the London International Arts Festival - Day Two, at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, Essex, Saturday 11th August 2012. A glorious three-day event, of which I regrettably was able to only attend this one. But what a fantastic day! Head for the 'Other World Music' or even the 'Jazz' page for more.

I love the jazz piano trio, granted. But Maurizio Minardi's My Piano Trio really is extra special, an album to instantly, hopelessly, helplessly fall in love with and even by, so choose your company carefully when listening to it! Go straight to the 'Jazz' page for more.

The last review comes in the shape of Filipe Monteiro's superb debut album, In Bad Company. And when you look at the line-up, you won't think Monteiro's in bad company at all! For more, head straight to the 'Jazz' page.

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is taking a summer break till the first Wednesday in September, but you can always catch up on previous shows as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! To make this a little easier, three new special features covering episodes 21 - 50 bring the playlist archives almost right up to date: DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 21-30 Playlists And Links, DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 31-40 Playlists And Links, and DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 41-50 Playlists And Links! That should help us survive - if barely! - without the wonderful Ritu just a little better. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/08/10

This time, reviews of a real cocktail of four albums. They could hardly be more different from one another.

To start off, we have Chico Chica's cheerful debut,  Mélangerie. Itself a cocktail of strongly Latin-flavoured pop-jazz (take that whichever way you like), this is the perfect album to chill by and get your foot tapping! Head to the 'Other Music' or 'Jazz' page for more.

Then there's serious free improv/free jazz with Ehran Elisha, Harold Rubin, Haim Elisha's East Of Jaffa. Featuring the two greatest pioneers of this 'genre' certainly in Israel and perhaps internationally, guru Harold Rubin and Haim Elisha, this is free improv at its best. For more head straight for the 'Jazz' page.

No need to blush, they don't really appear in any such state - the sensational State Of Undress' latest offering, Journeys Of The Heart, is exuberant yet feeling roots folk-rock, for want of a better way to describe this wonderful music. Have a Piddle and enjoy yourself! No, it's a brand of ale from Dorset, whence the band hail from. Go straight to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more.

Finally, we have some Malian Touareg music in the shape of Tamikrest's Toumastin, guitar-driven and thoroughly contemporary sounding. Some of their tracks have been very popular already on DJ Ritu's A World in London radio show! For more, go to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page.

Speaking of which, the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is taking a summer break till the first Wednesday in September, but you can always catch up on previous shows as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! How are we to survive a whole month without Ritu?! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/07/25

A handful of album reviews. What a bunch of beauties! They include what have to be the finest albums so far this year in the jazz and world music 'genres' and other fabulous albums.

A very interesting avant-garde/experimental solo acoustic guitar album comes from Ido Bukelman, Solo. There's more to come from both Bukelman and the enterprising, fascinating Israeli Out Now label shortly, including the godfather of Israeli free jazz, Harold Rubin himself. Head straight for the 'Jazz' or 'Other Music' page for more.

Then there is Francesco Lo Castro, Bruno D'Ambra's outstanding homage to Duke Ellington, Songs For Duke, an extraordinary guitar/piano duo and an extraordinary album. For more go straight to the 'Jazz' page.

What is there to say when it comes to a living legend like Joyce Moreno and Rio De Janeiro? As gorgeous an album as you could wish for! Head for the 'Other World Music' page for more.

There's more in the 'gorgeous department' from Mudgal, Rucker, Business Class Refugees' No Stranger Here - you simply have to discover more about this sensation of an album. You can by heading straight for the 'Other World Music' page.

Also known as the Lighthouse Trio or Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, Simcock, Garland, Sirkis' Lighthouse is their latest release, now on the prestigious German ACT label. Have the world-class trio come up with the goods again? Find out this and more on the 'Jazz' page.

This week marks the first anniversary of the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio so time for celebrations all round! Don't miss it this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from about Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! This week is also the last show until the first Wednesday in September as SOAS Radio is having a summer break. Special studio guest this week is the sensational violinist Jyotsna Srikanth. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/07/11

Reviews of four albums - three of them debuts - and one super gig this time. Sticking with alphabetical order, we have alasVALS' Felicidad Equidistante, an album of gentle Spanish and English language singer-songwriter songs, broadly described as folktronica. For more, head to the 'Other Music' page.

The real killer among today's crop of albums has to be Asgeir & Mo's Danza De Andalucia. A tasteful, tasty, spicy blend of flamenco, classical, Latin, Eastern European and more, this should be totally irresistible! Head straight for the 'Other World Music' page for more.

From Serbia comes the Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar's Golden Horns - The Best Of - a compilation of, well, yes, the best of this brass ensemble. Go to the 'Other World Music' page for more.

The super fantabulous gig takes the shape of Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012. Everything it promised and more. French chansons a la Piaf, Cabaret songs, tangos, both classic and new originals. Head to the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more.

The last album this time comes from Malian Ben Zabo in the form of his self-titled debut Ben Zabo. Lively, up-beat Afrobeat with a difference! For more go to the 'Other World Music' page.

Also, news on the 'Literary' page concerning W.A. Harbinson's extraordinary Beauty And The Beast - The Story Of Nastassja And Klaus Kinski, and a new cover image on the review page, too.

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from about Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

 

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2012/06/27

An eventful update, and as always reviews first. A real international bevy of beauties! No less than six albums and one gig. Here we go, in alphabetical order.

From the US comes the self-titled Afro Horn MX - a two CD set and an adventure in modern Afro-Latin jazz. Head straight for the 'Jazz' page for more.

Still from the far side of the pond we have Kobi Arad Band's Sketches Of Imaginary Landscapes, a definite candidate for an exemplary 'Third Stream' album if ever there was one! Go straight to the 'Jazz,' 'Classical' or 'Jewish Music' page for more.

The gig comes in the shape of Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012. To my utter chagrin, I was unable to attend this myself, however, a very capable guest reviewer came to the rescue as it were, and there's also further editorial comment from yours truly. For more, head for the 'Other World Music' or 'Classical' page.

From Israel's vibrant scene and the enterprising OutNow label comes Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet's Weight. A highly accessible adventure in modern jazz from one of Israel's leading young saxophonists. Go to the 'Jazz' page for more.

From one of Britain's most gifted guitarists comes what he considers 'a side project,' Francesco Lo Castro's Electric Affairs - an excursion into electronica with some of the most amazing electric guitar that will leave your mouth gaping! For more go to the 'Jazz' or 'Other Music' page.

Still staying in the UK, we have Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music. It deliciously refuses to fit any particular category, but try world beat (sort of) if you must. Head for the 'Other World Music' or 'Other Music' page for more.

Finally, released in the US but living in Ecuador we have Sarazino's Everyday Salama. A tasty mix of Latin/Afro-Latin and hip-hop grooves, reggae, rai and more, if this doesn't get you into your dancing shoes give up. For more see the 'Other World Music' page.

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

Gig news on the 'Other World Music' and 'Other Music' pages.

And now for something completely different. Just short of a couple of months ago I reviewed a wonderful album, Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace, essentially a vocal jazz/singer-songwriter type album concerning itself with the plight of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine and peace. The lyrics are humanist/humanitarian although yes, political, but hardly what one could call extremist.

To quote Siegel, 'My experience with Brent Black began in March, when I was contacted by the publicist who had just done an e mail blast for my CD release event, and he indicated that jazz reviewer Brent Black had contacted him requesting a review copy of my CD. I was obviously happy to send one. The result was an extremely positive review which Brent posted on his jazz review blog "Critical Jazz". In this review he acknowledged that my CD is highly political, and that he disagrees with my politics, but he was highly complimentary none the less...'

However, within about a week, Black 'pulled' the review and even posted an apology on Facebook, addressed to his Jewish readers, for having reviewed the album in the first place, as Siegel supports 'the destruction of Israel.' Obviously, all this was done under extreme pressure. But while it is of course Mr. Black's right to 'pull' whatever he likes from his blog (poor journalistic practice though that is), inventing 'quotes' maligning Rich Siegel is decidedly wrong. Again, to quote Siegel, 'Anti-Zionist? Yes. Pro-Palestine? Definitely. Destruction of Israel- or of anything? No.'

These kinds of tactics are all too familiar here, with the most laughable 'quotes' being invented for leading jazz musician and humanist activist Gilad Atzmon left, right and centre. The perpetrators of such despicable lies, given sufficient rope to hang themselves manage to do so very nicely and make themselves a laughing stock as indeed we have seen.

It would seem that Black expected when he pulled his review of The Way To Peace, the quotes from it that Siegel had already used at various places would likewise magically disappear. They didn't, and in some cases couldn't.

Moreover, quoting Siegel again, '...I wrote an op ed about my bizarre experience of being "reviewed and then un-reviewed" which has been published on the deLiberation-dot-info political commentary website, which I imagine didn't please Brent, but was as much my right as it was his to pull the review. This op ed was relevant to activists for Palestine, as it is yet one more example of the bullying anyone publicly critical of Israel has to endure.'

Black's blog appears to have at least partially been transformed from a jazz blog to a 'Rich Siegel defamation blog,' with thirteen or more ridiculous articles with equally ridiculous titles devoted to attacking Siegel and name calling. Additionally, Black seems to bombard Siegel with equally ridiculous emails filled with lies, invented quotes, insults, abuse and the like.

Such a vendetta of hatred and defamation is wholly unacceptable. Rainlore's World of Music fully supports Rich Siegel and declares its full solidarity with him.

To finish, just a few of my pet peeves, addressed to artists. Sleeve notes, credits etc. - please people, keep a reasonable font size, a clear, easy to read font, and in a colour that's contrasting strongly with the background. I really hate having to spend time with a magnifier or even loupe and bright lights. Another thing is, always, always please give track times, this also helps radio presenters and increases your chances of getting airplay. A total playing time is also helpful. Makes it easy for me for instance to decide if I have sufficient time to play a CD at a given time and not end up wasting my time playing only part of it because time's run out. I loathe additional PR material, never read it (or at best, after my review is written), along with long sleeve notes (again, only read after review is written). I hate being hassled by publicists/managers and such, if I had to reply to all their emails sometimes, I wouldn't have the time to write the review! Another sin that applies mainly to that particular species - I do know when I'm being brown-nosed and hate it; it's ugly, unpleasant and unnecessary, so don't do it. If I have accepted your review request, I'll review, don't worry. At times though, as at present, things can get extremely busy and it might take a little time for me to review. I'll always do the best I can, and also please bear in mind, I'm not even getting paid for this. Being asked to come to a gig at only a few days' (or even one!) notice just isn't possible - the longer the notice the better. Being told I'm on the guest list repeatedly, even when I've already made clear that I'm unable to attend, is also irritating. Right, 'nuff said for now.

 

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2012/06/10

Another severely delayed site update due ongoing computer issues and other complications. But to make up, another slew of reviews of really outstanding events and at least one mind-blowing and several very interesting albums. Plus a report/review of a Film Gala from the London Documentary Festival of what will undoubtedly become an invaluable historical record!

To be fair, let's take everything in strictly alphabetical order. Hence, the review of the most recent event first, a review of Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble Feat. Ben Davis, Cello, At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, 7th June 2012. Atzmon was presenting new material for the very first time! Was it exciting? You bet! For more head straight to the 'Jazz' page.

Another exciting, amazing event came in the shape of Avalonia At St. Ethelburga's, London, 19th May 2012, a new collaboration featuring Ghazal-Jazz pioneer, the legendary singer Najma Akhtar, flautist Jacquelyn Hynes, Irish folk singer and guitarist J. Eoin, multi-instrumentalist Maurice Judge, and Egyptian master percussionist Hossam Ramzy! Go straight to the 'Other World Music' page for more.

Albert Beger, Gerry Hemingway's There's Nothing Better To Do kicks off the album reviews with Israel's free jazz giant Beger's latest album. Head straight to the 'Jazz' page for more.

An perhaps at first odd one that turned out not so odd at all comes with Vincent Berger Rond's Elle avait raison Hathor - you have to listen to this properly before you make your judgement! For more, go to the 'Other Music' or 'Classical' page.

The real killer of an album this time comes in the shape of Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble's Santiarican Blues Suite! This will blow your mind, regardless of how you come at this album. This is just amazing music. Head for the 'Classical' or 'Jazz' page for more.

Another gig that would have blown your mind if you'd been there was Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble At Dingwalls, Camden Town, London NW1, Sunday, 20th May 2012! It would have lifted the top of your scull straight off your head and stopped your breath dead. Head straight for the 'Other World Music' page for more.

The final album for now comes with WILD Card's Everything Changes. Led by guitar ace Clément Régert, this outfit generate some hot grooves! For more, see the 'Jazz' page.

Last but not least, we have a Report/Review of the Gala Screening of Golriz Kolahi's 'Gilad And All That Jazz' at The Soho Hotel Cinema, London W1 on Wednesday 30th May 2012, part of the London International Documentary Festival. A truly amazing film whose importance can only grow as time goes by. For more head to the 'Other Features' or 'Jazz' page.

And just a reminder of a very special major event next week that you may not wish to miss. Iranian classical/traditional and kemancheh Maestro, Kayhan Kalhor will be in two unique concerts with Turkish baglama maestro and singer Erdal Erzincan, also a long time collaborator with Kalhor: Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems of Rumi. The concerts will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything!

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! More also on the 'Other World Music' page.

Finally, you should check today's Other World Music, Jazz and Classical pages especially for news of some really outstanding forthcoming gigs and more.

 

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2012/05/16

A very delayed site update, due to computer problems and other complications. But on the other hand, a real slew of reviews, one gig and five albums, one of which was held over from last November. Some amazing albums, too!

The first of the albums is Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard's absolutely stunning I Will Not Stand Alone. This latest offering from Kalhor will stop your heart and blow your mind! For more head straight to the Other World Music or Classical page.

Then, we have two albums by the extraordinary Aruán Ortiz, first encountered here on Mark Weinstein's El Cumbanchero and then his gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho during the London Jazz Festival last November. Released last month, the Aruán Ortiz Quartet's Orbiting is probably the finest modern jazz album yet. A little older is the Aruán Ortiz Quartet Feat. Antoine Roney's Alameda - a truly exciting album itself but the review was held over from last November until the newer album was also reviewed, at the artist's request. Head for the Jazz page for more.

The gig reviewed is Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 - a wonderful event with a completely packed out house as well. Argentinean singer extraordinaire Rozenthuler has at last 'come out' and admits his love affair with Brazilian music! More on the Other World Music or Other Music page.

Another exciting album comes in the form of Terryazoome's Xana. Recent guests on DJ Ritu's fab A World in London show on SOAS Radio, this eclectic band prove themselves far more than a three or four track band! Go to the Other World Music or Jazz page for more.

Yair Yona's World Behind Curtains is the guitar picker extraordinaire's second album. This will again take your breath away. Head for the Other World Music or Other Music page for more.

Also, a Special Feature in the form of the second installment of archived playlists of DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 11-20 Playlists And Links. Formore, see the Other World Music or Other Features page.

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! Today's show features very special guests Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon and should be yet another unmissable! More on the Other World Music, Jazz or Other Music page.

Last but not least, you should check today's Other World Music, Jazz and Classical pages especially for news of some really outstanding forthcoming gigs and more.

 

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2012/05/02

A slightly delayed update due to cut finger tips impeding typing, and reviews of two amazing gigs and two equally amazing albums. Stars of contemporary Brit Folk, The Unthanks, presented An Intimate Evening With The Unthanks At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, Wednesday 25th April 2012! A most extraordinary experience, as it always is with The Unthanks! Head straight for the Other World Music page for more, where you will also find news of their forthcoming new album.

The following evening, it was the turn of the extraordinary Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 - an explosive gig if ever there was one! For more, head straight to the Jazz, Other Music, or Other World Music page.

The first of the two albums comes from recent guest on DJ Ritu's A World in London radio show, Carmen Souza Duo Feat. Theo Pas'cal's London Acoustic Set. A cracker of an album! Go straight to the Jazz or Other World Music page for more.

The second is native New Yorker Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace - an extraordinary musical fusion of peace activism and spirituality! For more head to the Jazz, Other Music or Jewish Music page.

Finally on the review side of things, the re-release of Teymour Housego's amazing Haunting Bazaar, originally reviewed about a year ago, needed just a few more data to be corrected. See the Other World Music page for more.

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! AWiL 41 was yet another unmissable, with special guests Terryazoome, whose album Xana will be reviewed here shortly!

Looking ahead a little, Maestro of Persian Classical music, Ostad Kayhan Kalhor, a member also of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble from the start, will be gracing UK shores with one of his all too rare visits in June, with two concerts with his Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, one in Edinburgh and one in London. For more see the Other World Music or Classical page.

 

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2012/04/20

Reviews this time include the incomparable, un-classifiable singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's eagerly awaited The War On Trevor, an extraordinary fifteen minute narrative song cycle so not her third album yet. This not only should appeal to jazz aficionados and 'folkies' alike, but indeed has universal appeal. For more head straight to the Jazz, Other World Music or Other Music page.

The Sachal Jazz Ensemble Live At Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, Tuesday 17th April 2012, plugged here and on Facebook, and most keenly anticipated, promised much and looked like it might be one of the most interesting, spectacular gigs of the year so far. Head straight for the Other World Music or Jazz page for more.

Next, there is a re-release of Teymour Housego's amazing Haunting Bazaar, originally reviewed about a year ago. Some of the data had to be changed, and there is a re-mix of one of the tracks on the new digital release.

Last but by no means least, a Special Feature, DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 1-10 Playlists And Links - what it says on the tin. For more go straight to the Other World Music or Other Features page.

And don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! AWiL 40 was yet another brill cracker, with special guests Flasiantronico, consisting of the amazing duo of singer/guitarist Silvia Rox and sarod ace Ameen Ali Khan!

 

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2012/04/09

Continuing with the recent trend of cross-cultural events and albums, we have reviews of two truly remarkable albums. Cheng-Ying Chuang's Wandering Voices spans Europe and China and a good fourteen centuries, from ancient Chinese melodies to contemporary, and from Dowland to Schubert. Far East meets West in a fascinating and beautiful way. Chuang is no stranger on this site, having only recently been part of World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge with Mehboob Nadeem. Head straight for the Other World Music or Classical page for more.

No less fascinating, in a completely different way and direction, is Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore's Sachal Jazz. Keep in mind the sub-title of Interpretations Of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova and it does just what it says on the tin! But in surprising, original, even somewhat quirky ways. East meets West, in this case originating from Pakistan, in a refreshingly different way. Go to the Other World Music or Jazz page for more.

A further attendance of a third spectacular gig in a row unfortunately fell through due to circumstances beyond everybody's control, so alas no review of same.

Don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week whatever you do, either live on Wednesday 11th April at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! This is going to be a real cracker of a show, with her very special studio guest, the incredible Heidi Vogel, winner of the Jazz/Vocal category and joint-winner of the Best Solo Debut in the Rainlore's World of Music Jazz Albums Of The Year 2011, and winner of the No.4 spot in the joint AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011, all for her sensational album Lágrimas De Um Passaro - Tears Of A Bird! There's more on the Other World Music or Jazz page.

With regard to last week's literary review of W. A. Harbinson's Beauty And The Beast - The Story Of Nastassja And Klaus Kinski, this may now be temporarily withdrawn due to a dispute with the Klaus Kinski estate. More on the Literary page.

Please note that in order to reduce the number of constantly repeating links, those referring to pages or local page items that can easily be found in the navigation bar at the top of each page will in future be omitted. This will affect references to, e.g., 'Jazz page,' or 'reviews.'

Also please note that the 2011 parts of the remaining main pages have all now been archived. Appropriate notifications on the relevant pages.

 

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2012/04/01

A slightly premature site update in order to bring you a review of another unexpected but sensational gig - Women Of The World Festival - A Celebration Of South Asia & Women From The South Asian Continent Live At Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1, Thursday 29th March 2012. With such stars in the line-up as legendary Najma Akhtar, Jyotsna Srikanth, ShivaNova and Dj Ritu, this was a simply magnificent experience not to be missed! And as all good things come in threes, another sensational gig next time! For more head straight for the Jazz or Other World Music page.

Also reviewed is the likewise magnificent Martin Alvarado with Horacio Avilano Trio's extraordinary album Más Allá. You'll know when you've been tangoed after this! Head straight to the Other World Music or Other Music page for more.

And we have a literary review, of W. A. Harbinson's Beauty And The Beast - The Story Of Nastassja And Klaus Kinski - the 'bad kids' on the movie block! For more on this exciting tome go straight to the Literary page.

Please note that the 2011 part of this page has now been archived, along with that of the Classical page. The other 2011 portions of pages will follow shortly.

 

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2012/03/25

Slight delay to this current update due the dreadful 'man flu.' But on the positive side, this made possible the inclusion among the reviews of one of the most sensational, magnificent gigs imaginable. I speak of none other than Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, on Thursday 22nd March 2012. A truly glorious encounter between Hindustani and Chinese music! Head straight for the Classical or Other World Music page for more. Even if, like all too many, you might think Chinese music strange and inaccessible to you, you really ought to find out more!

George Panda's Out Of Africa is this exciting drummer's very exciting debut album. And no, this is not African music or African jazz as such - rather, Panda explores the rhythms brought to the Americas by African slaves. For more go straight to the Jazz or Other World Music page.

About a month ago we featured a most exciting gig by the fabulous Renu. This time, it's the turn of Renu's Love From London album. A magnificent, genre-busting labour of love! Head straight for the Other Music page for more about this exciting music.

More reviews of some truly exciting music coming up soon!

 

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2012/03/04

At last, we're getting there catching up! A full five reviews this time, two gigs and three albums. To start with the most recent event, there is the fabulous tango singer Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012. If you missed this extraordinary gig, you might be very sorry... Head straight for the Other World Music or Other Music page for more.

An extraordinary CD found itself on my player recently. Well, many do, but this is something we don't hear too often here, unfortunately. The Agrin Ensemble's Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music is their debut album of Persian Classical music. For more, go straight to the Other World Music or Classical page.

Still staying in the area of world music, at last the review of The Unthanks' The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons - the fabulous No. 10-winning album of the recent AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011! Making it a double for The Unthanks, who also took the No. 1 spot with Last! For more, see the Other World Music page.

And while we are with the AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011, you can now also catch up with DJ Ritu's A World in London 30 on the above Top Ten page if you haven't done so already. More on the Other World Music page.

Going over to some solid jazz now, there is the Frank Harrison Trio Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 8th February 2012, the official launch gig for their fantabulous new album Sideways. It would have made you drop your jaw! For more head straight for the Jazz page.

Another extraordinary leader debut that came along recently is the Paul Jordanous Ensemble's And Now I Know... - and now we can all find out how darn good this is. Head straight for the Jazz page for more.

I'm going to need just a little more time for the next site update, things have been just a bit too hectic. Shouldn't be too long though.

 

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2012/02/25

We're at last getting on top of things and catching up with most of the long overdue reviews! To kick things off, a literary review, of W. A. Harbinson's superb work of 'fictionalised non-fiction,' Iconic Voices. It's a riveting yarn about Elvis, Brando, Mailer, Lennon and Warhol, based on biographical source material. Head straight for the Literary page for more!

The first of three albums reviewed today is US-born bass ace Michael Janisch's Purpose Built, a sensational disc you'll want to keep spinning over and over! Make straight for the Jazz page for more.

The first of two gigs covered here is guitar maestro Simon Thacker's latest East-West ensemble's recital, Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Thursday 8th December 2011. A fascinating blend of classical and world music. For more go straight to the Other World Music or Classical page.

Our second album stays with Thacker and his previous project, Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble's Nada ~ Ananda. Ostensibly more classically oriented, it still makes for excellent world music - good enough to have made the very tough shortlist of the AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011! (See 'News' 2012/02/17.) Again, head straight for the Other World Music or Classical page for more.

Another gig takes us back to the SBC, Renu Live At The Front Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Friday 16th December 2011. How does one, how could one possibly describe or classify musical polymath Renu's wonderful genre-busting, polyglottal music? For more on this fab performance go to the Other Music page.

Last - and no pun intended! - but most definitely by no means least, those simply glorious The Unthanks and their AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011 winning album, Last. Simply, class! Head straight for the Other World Music page for more. There, you'll also find more news on DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London show on SOAS Radio.

 

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2012/02/17

Time for the Rainlore's World of Music Albums Of The Year 2011! This year, for the World Music category we have teamed up with the fabulous DJ Ritu and her ever popular A World in London show, now on SOAS Radio, to bring you the combined AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top 10 Of 2011, first broadcast live on the show on 8th February. The results of our combined votes sometimes surprised even us! Well deserving winners were The Unthanks, for Last, and they also took the No.10 spot with their second album of 2011, Diversions, Vol. 1 - The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons! Head straight for the Other World Music page for more.

Then of course there are The Rainlore's World of Music Jazz Albums Of The Year, 2011, also with some spectacular results! Overall winners of the Jazz/Instrumentral category, a joint No.1 from the Alex Hutton Trio for Legentis and Yuri Goloubev for Titanic For A Bike. For more, head straight for the Jazz page.

There now also is a page listing these pages, the Albums Of The Year Page.

Of course, we are also catching up with some long overdue reviews. For a start, there is Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 - quite a magical tango gig! Head to the Other World Music or Other Music page for more.

Then, a fascinating, charming demo in the form of Épocanova's Live Demo, a unique combo with a unique sound that we should hear a lot more of soon! Go to the Other World Music, Jazz or Steel Pan page for more.

The Frank Harrison Trio's Sideways review was meant to coincide with this extraordinary album's official release in early January, but alas, the best laid plans and all that... For more head straight for the Jazz page.

More fascination comes from the Maciek Pysz Trio's Discoveries EP. Yes, just an EP of three tracks, but goodness, this is good! Again, head straight for the Jazz page for more.

And still more in the way of charm and fascination from Giorgio Serci / Roberto Manzin's Silver Lining album. A double frontline of guitar and sax so smooth you'd think butter was like sand paper! And not forgetting Harvie S and Enzo Zirilli, for good measure. Go to the Jazz page for more.

Hopefully, we'll do a little more 'catching up' next week!

 

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2012/02/07

Much delayed, an interim site update, with more to follow within the next week or so.

It is of course well about time for the Albums of the Year for 2011. More on these next time, except to say that for the World Music category, we have teamed up with DJ Ritu and her wonderful A World in London show on SOAS Radio this year for a joint Top 10 albums! The results will be presented live on the show tomorrow, Wednesday 8th February from 6 to 7pm, and DJ Ritu has kindly invited yours truly as studio guest. Of course, if you miss the live broadcast, the show will as usual be available for 'play again' on the SOAS Radio site and as a podcast on iTunes. More on the Other World Music page.

To start with a bit of catching up, two gig reviews that, in the light of further information received, needed urgent revision as they unfairly reflected upon a venue. Sincere apologies to The Red Hedgehog in Highgate and its owners, and hopefully we have now been able to clarify and rectify this unfortunate situation. The two reviews concerned are, Metamorphic Live At The Red Hedgehog (2011/04/17, revised 2012/01/24), and Metamorphic at The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 22nd September 2011 (2011/09/24, revised 2012/01/24). For more head straight for the Jazz page.

Further, we have the following going back to last November for now. A Report/Review, Musical Workshops With Gilad Atzmon / Launch of 'Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley' at Howarth Of London, London W1, 5th November 2011 (2011/11/06) - the best, most fun and most beneficial musical workshop it's been my pleasure to ever experience. Oh yes. And the launch of a fantastic little book! Go to the Other Features, Literary or Jazz page for more on this exciting event.

Which leads us to a Literary Review: Chris Gumbley - Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley (2011/11/07). Chris Gumbley has done a fantastic job here in transcribing ten exhilarating sax solos by jazz genius Atzmon, plus a bonus clarinet solo. Something that's been overdue for a while! Head straight to the Literary or Jazz page for more.

And two more gig reviews from November. Michael Janisch-Aruán Ortiz Quintet Feat. Greg Osby at The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Part of The London Jazz Festival, Friday, 11th November 2011 (2011/11/13) Excitement in abundance at the Pizza! For more, go straight to the Jazz page.

And more of the same later that month with the Pete Roth Band at The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Monday, 21st November 2011 (2011/11/22). Again, head straight to the Jazz page for more.

There are still a few more gigs to catch up with, and oodles of albums that are all long overdue. More next week and in the following weeks.

 

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Reviews added 2012/12/28:

Abdou Diop :  Nootee (2012/12/25)

Gabrielle Ducomble - Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Thursday 6th December 2012 (2012/12/08)

Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012 (2012/12/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/19:

Burton Bradstock - Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 1st December 2012 (2012/12/02)

London Piano Trio :  Mendelssohn & Cotter Nixon 1st Piano Trios (2012/12/14)

Marvin B. Naylor :  The Stargazer's Symphonium (2012/12/16)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/13:

Francesco Lo Castro, Eric De Fade & Tony De Paolis :  While We Hope And Dream (2012/12/03)

Mavrika :  Mavrika (2012/12/01)

Sally Silver, Richard Bonynge, Gabriella Swallow; London Piano Trio - Launch Of Massenet/Mendelssohn Albums At St. John's, Smith Sq., London SW1, Tuesday 20th November 2012 (2012/11/21)

 

Reviews added 2012/11/27:

Najma Akhtar In Concert At The Cockpit, Marylebone, London NW8, Sunday 11th November 2012 (2012/11/13)

Burton Bradstock :  All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version) (2012/11/26)

[Art Review] Ed Gray - Ebb & Flow Exhibition, Dixie Queen, Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge, London 11th November 2011 (2012/11/12)

Music Pilgrim Trio :  Spanning The Globe (2012/11/26)

 

Reviews added 2012/11/16:

Burton Bradstock - All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day Album Launch At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 30th October 2012 (2012/10/31)

Vusi Mahlasela :  Say Africa (2012/11/05)

John Turville Trio :  Conception (2012/11/03)

[Lit. Review] Howard Male :  Etc Etc Amen (2012/07/20)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/31:

Chris Higginbottom :  Where Land Ends (2012/10/24)

Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha :  Yo Rovaniemella (2012/10/26)

Einar Olav Larsen Trio :  Lysblain (2012/10/26)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/18:

Burton Bradstock :  All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (2012/10/11)

Nick Tann :  The Vinyl Project (2012/10/09)

Terryazoome - Launch Of Their Album Xana Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 13th October 2012 (2012/10/14)

The Unthanks :  Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs From The Shipyards (2012/10/10)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/04:

Ido Bukelman Quartet :  Ido Bukelman's Cracked Song (2012/10/01)

Alkinoos Ioannidis :  Local Stranger (2012/10/02)

Mehran :  Subterranea (2012/09/26)

State Of Undress :  I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) (Single) (2012/10/02)

The Unthanks :  Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band (2012/09/24)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/23:

Dominic J. Marshall Trio :  Icaros (2012/09/10)

Pete Oxley, Nicolas Meier :  Travels To The West (2012/09/14)

Joanna Strand - Fly Transatlantic Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Tuesday 11th September 2012 (2012/09/12)

Various Artists :  The Original Sound Of Cumbia (2012/09/16)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/08:

UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012 (2012/08/24)

Joanna Strand :  Fly Transatlantic (2012/08/10)

Aziz Sahmaoui :  University Of Gnawa (2012/09/07)

 

Reviews added 2012/08/20:

Alexander D. Great :  The Night Watchman (2012/08/14)

London International Arts Festival - Day Two, at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, Essex, Saturday 11th August 2012 (2012/08/13)

Maurizio Minardi :  My Piano Trio (2012/08/19)

Filipe Monteiro :  In Bad Company (2012/08/17)

 

Reviews added 2012/08/10:

Chico Chica :  Mélangerie (2012/08/08)

Ehran Elisha, Harold Rubin, Haim Elisha :  East Of Jaffa (2012/08/02)

State Of Undress :  Journeys Of The Heart (2012/08/02)

Tamikrest :  Toumastin (2012/08/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/25:

Ido Bukelman :  Solo (2012/07/21)

Francesco Lo Castro, Bruno D'Ambra :  Songs For Duke (2012/07/22)

Joyce Moreno :  Rio De Janeiro (2012/07/22)

Mudgal, Rucker, Business Class Refugees :  No Stranger Here (2012/07/24)

Simcock, Garland, Sirkis (aka Lighthouse Trio) :  Lighthouse (2012/07/23)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/11:

alasVALS :  Felicidad Equidistante (2012/07/10)

Asgeir & Mo :  Danza De Andalucia (2012/07/04)

Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar :  Golden Horns - The Best Of (2012/07/09)

Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012 (2012/07/03)

Ben Zabo :  Ben Zabo (2012/07/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/27:

Afro Horn MX :  Afro Horn MX (2012/06/20)

Kobi Arad Band : Sketches Of Imaginary Landscapes (2012/06/25)

Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012 (2012/06/22)

Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet :  Weight (2012/06/22)

Francesco Lo Castro :  Electric Affairs (2012/06/20)

Juwon Ogungbe :  Life Force Music (2012/06/21)

Sarazino :  Everyday Salama (2011/06/23)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/10:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble Feat. Ben Davis, Cello, At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, 7th June 2012 (2012/06/08)

Avalonia At St. Ethelburga's, London, 19th May 2012 (2012/05/22)

Albert Beger, Gerry Hemingway :  There's Nothing Better To Do (2012/05/24)

Vincent Berger Rond :  Elle avait raison Hathor (2012/06/05)

[Report/Review] Gala Screening of Golriz Kolahi's 'Gilad And All That Jazz' at The Soho Hotel Cinema, London W1 on Wednesday 30th May 2012, part of the London International Documentary Festival (2012/06/02)

Aruán Ortiz & The Camerata Urbana Ensemble :  Santiarican Blues Suite (2012/05/23)

Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble At Dingwalls, Camden Town, London NW1, Sunday, 20th May 2012 (2012/05/22)

WILD Card :  Everything Changes (2012/05/27)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/16:

Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard :  I Will Not Stand Alone (2012/05/15)

Aruán Ortiz Quartet : Orbiting (2012/05/07)

Aruán Ortiz Quartet Feat. Antoine Roney :  Alameda (2011/11/14)

Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 (2012/05/05)

Terryazoome : Xana (2012/05/10)

Yair Yona :  World Behind Curtains (2012/05/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/02:

Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 (2012/04/28)

Rich Siegel :  The Way To Peace (2012/04/30)

Carmen Souza Duo Feat. Theo Pas'cal :  London Acoustic Set (2012/04/22)

The Unthanks :  An Intimate Evening With The Unthanks At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, Wednesday 25th April 2012 (2012/04/27)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/20:

Sarah Gillespie :  The War On Trevor (2012/04/12)

Sachal Jazz Ensemble Live At Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, Tuesday 17th April 2012 (2012/04/18)

Teymour Housego :  Haunting Bazaar (re-release 2012/revision of data only) (data rev. 2012/04/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/09:

Cheng-Ying Chuang :  Wandering Voices (2012/03/07)

Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore :  Sachal Jazz (2012/04/06)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/01:

Martin Alvarado, with Horacio Avilano Trio :  Más Allá (2012/03/27)

Women Of The World Festival - A Celebration Of South Asia & Women From The South Asian Continent Live At Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1, Thursday 29th March 2012 (2012/03/30)

[Lit. Review] W. A. Harbinson :  Beauty And The Beast - The Story Of Nastassja And Klaus Kinski (2012/02/18)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/25:

Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Thursday 22nd March 2012 (2012/03/23)

George Panda :  Out Of Africa (2012/03/20)

Renu :  Love From London (2012/03/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/04:

The Agrin Ensemble :  Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music (2012/02/29)

Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012 (2012/03/02)

Frank Harrison Trio Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 8th February 2012 (2012/02/09)

Paul Jordanous Ensemble :  And Now I Know... (2012/01/09)

The Unthanks :  The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons (2011/12/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/25:

[Lit. Review] W. A. Harbinson :  Iconic Voices (2011/12/18)

Michael Janisch :  Purpose Built (2011/11/16)

Renu Live At The Front Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, 16th December 2011 (2011/12/17)

Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, 8th December 2011 (2011/12/09)

Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble :  Nada ~ Ananda (2011/12/19)

The Unthanks :  Last (2012/01/30)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/17:

Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 (2011/11/27)

Épocanova :  Live Demo (2011/12/20)

Frank Harrison Trio :  Sideways (2012/01/02)

Maciek Pysz Trio :  Discoveries (EP) (2011/11/08)

Giorgio Serci / Roberto Manzin :  Silver Lining (2011/11/04)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/07:

Metamorphic Live At The Red Hedgehog (2011/04/17, revised 2012/01/24)

Metamorphic at The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 22nd September 2011 (2011/09/24, revised 2012/01/24)

[Report/Review] Musical Workshops With Gilad Atzmon / Launch of 'Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley' at Howarth Of London, London W1, 5th November 2011 (2011/11/06)

Literary Review: Chris Gumbley - Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley (2011/11/07)

Michael Janisch-Aruán Ortiz Quintet Feat. Greg Osby at The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Part of The London Jazz Festival, Friday, 11th November 2011 (2011/11/13)

Pete Roth Band at The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Monday, 21st November 2011 (2011/11/22)

 

 

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Features/Articles added 2012/10/31:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 51-60 Playlists And Links (2012/10/28)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/09/08:

UK 2012 Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10, Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary (2012/08/26)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/08/20:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 21-30 Playlists And Links (2012/08/15)

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 31-40 Playlists And Links (2012/08/16)

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 41-50 Playlists And Links (2012/08/16)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/06/10:

Gala Screening of Golriz Kolahi's 'Gilad And All That Jazz' at The Soho Hotel Cinema, London W1 on Wednesday 30th May 2012, part of the London International Documentary Festival (2012/06/02)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/05/16:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 11-20 Playlists And Links (2012/05/06)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/04/20:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 1-10 Playlists And Links (2012/04/13)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/02/17:

The AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top 10 Of 2011 (2012/02/09)

The Rainlore's World of Music Jazz Albums Of The Year, 2011 (2012/02/09)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/02/07:

[Report/Review] Musical Workshops With Gilad Atzmon / Launch of 'Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley' at Howarth Of London, London W1, 5th November 2011 (2011/11/06)

Literary Review: Chris Gumbley - Gilad Uncovered - 10 Saxophone Solos By Gilad Atzmon Transcribed And Edited By Chris Gumbley (2011/11/07)

 

 

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