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2013/01/02

Hello New Year, and Hello Rainlore's World, Good Bye Rainlore's World of Music!

The process of changing over of the site's name to Rainlore's World has begun with a change of the logos on all essential section pages, e.g., 'Home,' Jazz,' 'Other World Music,' 'Literary,' and so on. More will follow gradually. Also, more and more pages will have headers and other incidences of the old Rainlore's World of Music changed to Rainlore's World.

This change of the site's name is intended 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.

Furthermore, with the next full site update, the 2012 portion of this page and all other section pages will be moved to archive, hence the next update may be a little longer than usual.

Wishing everyone a Happy 2013

 

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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! A review of one superlative gig. 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! New material heard might hint at a forthcoming second album, hopefully fairly soon?

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 especially jazz 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.

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie has recorded her third album! Something to look forward to immensely and most impatiently.

World Greek/Afro/Jazz Fusion band Terryazoome are 'thinking about' their next album, Wasa Mata. Please, get on with it then, we can hardly wait here!

Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/19

More absolute sensations! A review of a sensational gig, and some sensational news.

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! And all this upon a rather unlovely winter's eve - but worth putting up with the cold for, easily. Traditional English folk songs as you haven't heard them before. Ever! In a thoroughbred jazz setting. Something for everyone, folkie or jazzer, young and old. Something old, something new... - a marriage made in jazz heaven.

The sensational news is the return of the one and only phenomenal British jazz singer Jan Ponsford to the UK scene! Oh yes! Please go and visit - and like! - her new band page for her Jan Ponsford Quartet. There, you can also listen to some of Ms. Ponsford's fabulous tracks. For those not familiar with this extraordinary singer, here's a quote from the lady's potted biography:
'JAN PONSFORD is hailed as one of the UK’s best and more original vocalists whose musical sensibilities stretch further than the norm, effortlessly covering jazz, south American and eastern European influences — a blend now considered de rigueur for jazz vocalists, with Ponsford being credited as an originator of the style. Ponsford performs and records with some of the world’s finest musicians, and features alongside the Greats in the books ‘Singing Jazz’ and ‘Jazz Singers’. She has her own section in the Virgin Encyclopaedia of Jazz, and is in the Penguin Who’s Who in Jazz.
For over three decades Ponsford has performed internationally with renowned instrumentalists and vocalists, including Dick Heckstall-Smith, Tony Coe, Hugh Hopper, Nana Tsiboe, Steve Lodder, Harry Beckett, Jon Stevens, Norma Winstone, Sarah-Jane Morris and Ian Shaw'. She is also an established vocal coach, teaching individuals and running workshops independently, at colleges, and universities. Jan has taught recording artists Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals), Alice Russell, and JIll Frances (Soul II Soul, Prince, Stevie Wonder).'

Ms. Ponsford's web site should be another visit for you. Watch out for lots of exciting new developments concerning Jan Ponsford to emerge!

In other news, Asaf Sirkis has just finished recording his new album with his Asaf Sirkis Trio (with Tassos Spilliotopoulos, guitar, and Yaron Stavi, electric bass guitar). The album is slated for release next summer, and a very special launch gig is promised for next July.

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.

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 is the review of an amazing album.

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. There's a lot more to this than meets the eye, or rather, ear. Read on!

Alban Low, who has kindly provided illustrations for a number of gigs reviewed here already, 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.

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble (Frank Harrison, Yaron Stavi, and Eddie Hick) are launching their new album Songs Of The Metropolis with an extensive tour:
January
12 Plough Arts, Great Torrington, Devon / www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
16 Grimsby Jazz, Grimsby / www.grimsbyjazz.com
17 Seven Arts, Leeds / www.sevenleeds.co.uk
18 Sheffield Jazz, Sheffield / www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk
19 Hideaway, London / www.hideawaylive.co.uk
20 With Roger Odell @ The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk / www.jazz-nights.com *
24 With Pete Oxley's 4tet @ The Spin Oxford / www.spinjazz.com *
25 The Victory Club, Cheltenham / www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk
27 Hen and Chicken, Bristol / http://jazzata.com/Venues.html
31 with Graham York's trio @ The Blue Vanguard, Exeter *
February
1 Fleece Jazz, Suffolk / www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece
2 The 606 Club, London / www.606club.co.uk
5 Brook Theatre, Chatham / www.tickets.medway.gov.uk
8 St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe / www.wivenhoeevents.blogspot.co.uk
9 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth / www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
10 The Swan Hotel, Abergavenny (lunch time) / http://bmjazz.tumblr.com/
10 Chapel Arts, Bath (evening) / www.chapelarts.org
14 The Boat House, Broxbourne / www.broxbournerowingclub.org/jazz
15 The Verdict, Brighton / www.verdictjazz.co.uk
20 Old Brown Jug, Newcastle Under Lyme / www.oldbrownjug.com
21–23 Album Launch Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London / www.pizzaexpresslive.com
24 Jagz, Ascot / www.jagz.co.uk
26 With Terry Collie's trio Retro Bistrot Restaurant. Teddington, London, TW11
27 Y Theatre, Leicester / www.leicesterjazzhouse.co.uk
28 With The Power Cats South Holland Arts Centre, Spalding / www.southhollandcentre.co.uk *
March
1. With Jon Thorne's Trio, Isle of White / www.jonthorne.co.uk *
2 Posk Jazz Cafe, London / www.jazzcafeposk.co.uk
5 The Stables, Milton Keynes / www.stables.org
7 Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham / www.jazzsteps.co.uk
8 Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Tyne www.starandshadow.org.uk
10–12 Town Hall, Shetland Island (+master classes)
13 Jazz Bar, Edinburgh / www.thejazzbar.co.uk
14 Art Club, Glasgow / www.glasgowartclub.co.uk /
15 The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria / www.breweryarts.co.uk
16 Band on the Wall, Manchester / www.bandonthewall.org
17 Herts Jazz, Welwyn Garden City / www.hertsjazz.co.uk

* not an OHE's concert

A pretty gruelling schedule, but then, that's Atzmon. More on his web site.

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 Jazzy 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 two other reviews here - a great album, a vinyl actually, and a superb fine art exhibition. 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... A beautiful melding of traditional English folk song and contemporary jazz that cannot fail to appeal to folkies, jazzers and general 'world music' fans alike.

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. And there, of course, is the musical connection! A spectacular show, and a richly illustrated review. London in all its multicultural glory, too!

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!

In other news, some fab gigs that you'd probably have to be stark raving mad to miss. First, this Saturday 1st December, there's Burton Bradstock at The Forge Venue in Camden Town, London NW1, but you'd better book fast! This is part of The Forge's The English Songbook series.

Then, on Thursday 6th December you'd be forgiven for doubting your sanity for missing Gabrielle Ducomble giving a fresh interpretation to classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla in her Pizza Express Soho debut, with Nicolas Meier (Guitar), Julian Ferraretto (Violin), Dan Teper (Accordion/Piano), Nick Kacal (Double Bass), and Saleem Raman (Drums). Book early for this extravaganza of chansons, Argentine tango and more! You'll never forget that incredible voice!

And Friday 7th December, you might want to cast aspersions upon your sanity again if you were to miss an evening of fabulous French chansons starring Anglo-French cabaret chanteuse Bethany Jameson with aclaimed accordionist Claudio Allodi and fabulous virtuoso violinist from Cabaret Vérité, Declan Daly, in Petit Café de Paris. They'll also be in Camden Town, at The Green Note. But hurry - you want to avoid disappointment don't you?

 

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2012/11/16

Definitely worth waiting for, reviews of a stunning, sensational gig, and a kick-ass album. Plus, lots of other news of course.

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! Breathing magical new life into traditional English folk songs in a jazz context, Bradstock manages to more than bridge the divide and will appeal equally to aficionados of jazz, folk, and world music! This music even has 'teen appeal!' And this review is illustrated with the amazing artwork of Alban Low!

You can always rely on John Turville to come up with something special. The John Turville Trio's Conception is no exception. One of the outstanding piano trio albums of this year, it lets Turville's incredible versatility shine.

If you missed Burton Bradstock's fan-ta-bu-lous launch gig at The Pizza, reviewed above, there's another chance to catch him with the same line-up at The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, on Saturday 1st December. Book soon!

The release on Harmonia Mundi of Gilad Atzmon & The OHE's new album Songs Of The Metropolis is at last approaching fast, and the impatient may get a little taste of some of the tracks here! As ever, Atzmon completely re-invents himself, and this is a fresh and refreshing album.

A Songs Of The Metropolis Album Launch Tour is under way!

The end of October also saw the launch of the Spanish translation of Atzmon's successful book, The Wandering Who?, already translated into French and German!

November dates when you can catch Atzmon are as follows :



Album Cvr - Songs Of The Metropolis

17 The Blockheads 35th Anniversary Tour
The Flowerpot, Derby
18 With Sarah Gillespie at,The Pheasantry, The London Jazz Festival 2012
22 With Nicolas Meier Quartet, Wakefield Jazz
23 Gilad Atzmon & the OHE at the Vortex, London
24 Gilad Atzmon & the OHE at the Vortex, London
29 With Tali Atzmon and Yaron Stavi, Ajani Café, London
30 With Sarah Gillespie, Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford
Pre-Show Talk - The Road To Bop

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2012/10/31

Just one album review this time. It's a 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. The latest of F-IRE's fabulous releases this autumn, it was released on 29th October, and launched the same night at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho as part of the fabulous F-IRE Festival. An album not to be missed - but see for yourself!

And if you missed the launch gig for Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day at the Pizza Express Jazz Club last night (also part of the F-IRE Festival), kick yourself! Very hard! A gig in a thousand, it not only had Jimmy Cannon (aka Burton Bradstock) on finest form bringing the album - reviewed last time - to fantastical life, but there was also superb support, and very fitting too, from the amazing folkish singer-songwriter band Lynia. And not only that, but you also missed being served up a free CD of All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day. If you didn't have it already. Plus, you would have had an opportunity to buy the limited edition vinyl LP version with its beautiful large artwork! However, fear not, all is not lost. The gig will be reviewed next time, replete with the splendid illustrations of artist Alban Low! And shortly, the vinyl LP album will also receive a separate review, which is very much warranted as you will see. In the meantime, grab the album, CD or vinyl, or best both!

The incomparable, irrepressible Sarah Gillespie is 'gearing up to record my 3rd album in December produced by my long-time musical director & collaborator Gilad Atzmon. Before we go into the studio, we're keen to test drive our new material & get your feedback... So we are offering a 20% discount to subscribers to our fan list for tickets to our London Jazz Festival concert at the Peasantry Jazz Club on the Kings Road on 18th November. This will also be the last London gig we play with Gilad Atzmon for some time. Reluctantly, I have decided that it's time for Gilad to create his own career in his own name and not merely be know as my saxophonist. ;) To book tickets call 0845 6027 017.' For the discount code, get Sarah Gillespie's mailing list! Current tour dates include:
Nov 15th Alexanders Club - duo with Gilad Atzmon - Chester; Nov 16th Cinnamon Club - Alchringham - Greater Manchester; Nov 18th London Jazz Festival - The Peasantry - London; Nov 30th Albion Beatnik Shop - (poetry & songs) - Oxford; Dec 6th - Solo concert, Check web site for details - Cardiff.

And Gilad Atzmon will be performing the incredible music from his upcoming album with the Orient House Ensemble at London's Vortex 23rd/24th November.

 

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2012/10/18

An album and a 'Terry-fic' gig reviewed here this time. And as usual, other news as well. 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! Traditional English folk songs as contemporary jazz, and it should please both jazzers and folkies alike! Burton Bradstock is incidentally the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist, composer and big band leader Jimmy Cannon. To be released on the 29th, the album will be launched on 30th October at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, as part of the F-IRE Festival, but you better get your skates on as it's almost sold out already!

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. The 'world music' aspect is mainly Greek, with African and Latin flavours here and there - a 'Terry-fic' melting pot!

Chico Chica, whose album Melangerie was recently reviewed here, are busy touring this autumn. They started on Tuesday 16th October at Canterbury Arts Festival, but you can still catch them as follows - 28th October Whighams Jazz Club, Edinburgh; 29th October Buckhaven Community Centre, Fife; 30th October Lathones Inn, Fife; 31st October Café Jazz, Cardiff; 1st November Somerset (venue tbc); 2nd November Hazlewood House, Devon; 4th November The Place, Bedford; 15th November Chapel Arts, Bath; 20th November St Ives Jazz Club. As a taster, have a look at the video of their fabulous track Isla Sonada! That should get you in the mood for some cool chill out grooves!

Gilad Atzmon is as madly busy as ever, gigging left, right and center! He simply doesn't have an off switch and seemingly boundless energy! Be it with The Blockheads on their 35th anniversary tour, with Gilad Atzmon Trio, The OHE, Tali Atzmon Trio, with Sarah Gillespie, or with the Nicolas Meier Quartet, you're bound to find Atzmon somewhere between now and the end of November! For details check his web site. Don't miss the Sarah Gillespie gig on 17th November at The Pheasantry, as part of the London Jazz Festival - it's going to be something extra special!

Staying with Atzmon - in other news... The JC (Jewish Chronicle) reports that at this year's Klezmer In The Park Jewish Music Institute event in Regent's Park in September, during an interval of recorded music being broadcast, a track by said Gilad Atzmon was played! Shock, horror! (To the Zionists and their ilk, Atzmon is the contemporary equivalent of Wagner - untouchable! Satan incarnate!) Heads will roll, no doubt! Hmm, one can't help wondering which track it was? Jenin might have been apt, or The Tide Has Changed. Rarely do we come across such an amusing snippet of non-news as this...

And last but not least, the brilliant Maurizio Minardi can be caught at The Vortex with his trio of Nick Pini on double bass and Jason Reeve on drums on Friday 26th October, 8.30pm! The performance will include music from My Piano Trio, his latest studio album reviewed here recently. Special discount available from the Facebook event page, if you hurry up.

 

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2012/10/04

Just one album reviewed here this time. It'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. Amazingly melodic and even lyrical, this kind of free jazz should have appeal well beyond strictly free jazz aficionados.

Terryazoome will be launching their album Xana on Saturday, 13th October at 7pm at The Forge in Camden Town, London NW1. World jazz with strongly Greek and African flavours. Not to be missed.

Don't forget the exciting F-IRE Festival that spans all of October! See the previous News section below, and for details check F-IRE's web site!

 

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2012/09/23

This time, reviews of two amazing albums, and one fan-tas-tic gig (which is the cause of this update being delayed - see below!) here. 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. A UK tour is planned for the New Year - and the sooner Marshall relocates back from his current Amsterdam base, the better. For details of the F-IRE Festival please see below. More F-IRE releases coming soon.

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. Pure guitar heaven! Meanwhile, more releases from MGP coming along include Meier's new Meier Group and trios albums, slated for official release next year.

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! Brilliant illustrations for a brilliant gig, exclusively first seen here. We hope to repeat this experiment soon!

Meanwhile, the F-IRE Collective's F-IRE Festival gets under way on Thursday 27th September with the John Turville Trio and their launch of their new album, Conceptions, at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. Most of the events are held here, with some at The Forge, Camden Town. Book early! Please note that the Josh Arcoleo Quartet gigs on Saturday 20th October had to be cancelled and will now be taken up by the Mercury Award - Best Album winners, Roller Trio!

F-IRE always manage to surprise and come up with some amazing goods! For full details of the festival, please check the F-IRE web site. And be sure to take in some of the fantastic gigs that they are presenting!





F-IRE Flyer Back

Among other events, don't miss another chance to catch a screening of Golriz Kolahi's fascinating documentary film Gilad And All That Jazz at The Frontline Club on 15th October at 7pm. Book early as this will sell out! You can watch a trailer here. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Gorliz Kolahi, producer David Alamouti and Gilad Atzmon will also be present to answer questions.

From the blurb: 'Gilad Atzmon is a world renowned saxophonist, a well respected musician and a controversial public critic of Israel. Born into a pro-Zionist family and serving briefly in the first Lebanon War, Gilad had a dramatic turnaround. He quit the army, picked up his instrument and moved to London, declaring himself an enemy of the Israeli state.

Besides producing some of the modern era’s greatest Jazz albums he also published the controversial book The Wandering Who. He is blunt and outspoken in his political and philosophical ideas and his views on Jewishness provoke both the left and ring wing in Israel.

In Gilad and All that Jazz director Golriz Kolahi explores the music, ideas and motivations that drive Gilad Atzmon. Through interviews with supporters, opponents and admirers a complex picture is drawn that makes you wonder: "Should music and politics be mixed?"

Directed by Golriz Kolahi and produced by David Alamouti
Duration: 66'
Year: 2012'

This film is outstanding! An intimate portrayal of Gilad Atzmon the man, the musician, and the humanist activist that you simply cannot afford to miss!

Meanwhile, Atzmon and The OHE will be in the studio recording their latest album this week! Having heard early performances of the new material, I'm already mega-excited! For upcoming gigs please see Atzmon's web site.

Also in the studio shortly to record her third album will be the stunning Sarah Gillespie, singer-songwriter extreaordinaire! Performing a mix of material old and new, Ms. Gillespie also has a busy gig schedule this autumn. For details please see her web site.

Also, there's Joanna Strand's Ralph Rainger tribute Thanks For The Memory with guests at the Leicester Square Theatre on 29th September at 5pm, another occasion not to be missed.

And good news for transatlantic connoisseurs, i.e., on the other side of the pond. This autumn the Joanna Strand and band will be Flying Transatlantic at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th) on 28th and 29th October at 9pm! So if you're even vaguely near NYC, don't miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more on Joanna Strand's forthcoming gigs, see the Fly Transatlantic web site.

More of Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson and other shows soon. In the meantime, Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson will be at the Cabaret Carousel Show on 30th September. On 3rd November they will be at the Little Theatre Bournemouth with their production of We'll Always Have Paris. Cabaret Verite and Bethany Jameson will also be at the Pheasantry on 4th November. One of their fabulous On The Banks Of The Seine shows at the Green Note in Camden Town recently was reviewed here, and I hope to catch more of them soon.

 

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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, here we are again! Only one album review here due to aforementioned 'man flu,' but a real killer of an album.

This is acclaimed actress and singer Joanna Strand's Fly Transatlantic vocal jazz/cabaret debut album. Standards from the 1930s to modern classics as they haven't been heard before, and a proper concept album too! And with an all-star side! An album that just blows you away.

Joanna Strand and friends are launching this fabulous album at The Forge, 3-7 Delancy Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NL on Tuesday 11th September at 8pm - so book soon and don't miss this fabulous event! Tables can be reserved for diners and non diners: 0207 387 5959.

The band will also be presenting Ms. Strand's Ralph Rainger tribute Thanks For The Memory with guests at the Leicester Square Theatre on 29th September at 5pm, another occasion not to be missed.

And good news for transatlantic connoisseurs, i.e., on the other side of the pond. This autumn the band will be Flying Transatlantic at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th) on 28th and 29th October at 9pm! So if you're even vaguely near NYC, don't miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more on Joanna Strand's forthcoming gigs, see the Fly Transatlantic web site.

 

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2012/08/20

This time, reviews of two fabulous albums and one equally fabulous gig here. 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! The interest for this page in particular comes from the fabulous Jyotsna Srikanth Project - a Carnatic-based fusion band featuring violin super-virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth and superb jazz/folk fiddler Chris Haigh.

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! This is too exquisite and excellent an album to miss out on. Mind though, this is my piano trio, you can't have it! Oh, alright then, but get hold of it quickly before I change my mind or it sells out. Minardi is a genius!

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! In fact, rather good company, you'll have to admit. It's a very polished effort, especially for a debut. It is also quite addictive, with more than a touch of mystique, a strong sensation of déjà vu...

 

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2012/08/10

This time, reviews of two albums that could hardly be more different from each other. Chalk and cheese about describes it.

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! Heavyweight jazz it ain't, but still great fun and a highly enjoyable listen.

And 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. It really doesn't get any better than this, but don't just take my word for it, read the review and listen to the fabulous sample track. Rubin's still in fab form, as is Elisha Sr.

 

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2012/07/25

Three album reviews here this time. What a bunch of beauties!

A fascinating avant-garde/experimental solo acoustic guitar album comes from Ido Bukelman, Solo. Full of surprises, it's definitely worth checking out. And 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.

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. A gentle homage of originals inspired by the great man, this is an amzing album.

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? More than! But what would you expect from these greats? Surely nothing less than the finest, most exciting jazz album of the year so far. Look out also for some exceptional bass udu and hang drum from Asaf Sirkis!

 

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2012/06/27

An eventful update, and as always reviews first. A real international bevy of beauties! No less than four albums here alone. 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. A fascinating release, if perhaps not the easiest to get into. Francisco Mora Catlett's latest project (long time 1970s drummer in the Sun Ra Arkestra), the line-up features among others piano wiz extraordinaire Aruán Ortiz!

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! Have your mind blown by the Amazing Arad! A gem of an album. Arad's deep spirituality has its roots in Kabbalah - the real one, not the fake celeb variety - and it doesn't get much deeper than this.

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. Fascinating as well as enjoyable, and the concept of two basses works well.

From one of the most gifted guitarists on the British scene 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! If Santana is your cuppa, you'll absolutely love this. Oh, and Carlos had better look out... Another gem of an album that I could hardly wait to review, I liked it that much on a quick first listen when it came in.

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 here and elsewhere. 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! This was hot! Atzmon & Co on steroids, you might say. The first day of their three-day residency at the Pizza.

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. A different Beger from the one you might be used to, for sure...

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. Not the usual jazz we're accustomed to from Ortiz, but rather Afro-Cuban classical, but all the same of overwhelming interest here.

The final album for now comes with WILD Card's Everything Changes. Led by guitar ace Clément Régert, this outfit generate some hot grooves! The amazing Sophie Alloway on traps and superb Andrew Noble on Hammond and Rhodes make up the trio, and guests include Roberto Manzin, Dennis Rollins and Graeme Flowers. Quite a stellar line-up!

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. And if you haven't guessed it already, the subject is none other than jazz colossus Gilad Atzmon - the man, the musician, the humanist-political activist. Fascinating!

The John Turville Trio will be at The Hideaway Club in Streatham, London SW16, on Thursday, 14th June 2012 at 8pm for their first gig this season there. They'll be playing some new material and featuring the fantastic cellist and friend Gregor Riddell on some traditional and contemporary tangos. Should be exciting to say the least!

 

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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 overall, three albums here, one of which was held over from last November. Some amazing albums, too!

First, 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 real stunner, with immense appeal. 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. And we will hear more from Ortiz in the coming updates! He is also busy collaborating on a new album with jazz flautist Mark Weinstein, which is exciting news in itself.

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! This album has oodles of appeal on many different fronts and has lots to offer to both world music and jazz aficionados, even if the emphasis is more on world than jazz. Some of the members of Terryazoome incidentally have impeccable jazz pedigree - the name of drummer Winston Clifford for instance surely ought to be familiar to any jazzer.

Don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week (or any week, come to that) whatever you do, either live on Wednesday at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Friday 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! You can watch the official video of Sarah Gillespie's The War On Trevor on YouTube! A must!)

The next dates to catch the dynamite Gillespie live are May 27th, Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny, and June 1st, The Red Lion, Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham; also June 3rd Gilad Atzmon & The OHE featuring Sarah Gillespie @ Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival, London (lunch time concert).

Gilad Atzmon & the OHE will be playing new music at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London from June 7th - 9th! Book early to avoid disappointment.

Among more immediate gigs, Thursday, 17th May 2012 8pm sees the Tali Atzmon Trio at Map Studio Cafe, 46 Grafton Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3DU. In addition to wonderful singer Tali Atzmon, the trio also features hubby Gilad on guitar, and bassist Yaron Stavi. This is something that bit special!

Also on May 17th and 18th, Daphna Sadeh's new project Born in Parallel - a composition for Baroque and World music ensemble will be recorded live in London! It's at All Saints Church in East Finchley, 35a, Durham Road, London N2 9DP, at 6pm (Doors open at 5.45pm). Here's Daphna Sadeh on this exciting project. 'In the past year I have been developing a new project sponsored by a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council - Escalator. This project has granted me the option to bring in to life an ambition I was having for many years. My vision was creating a dialogue between languages of music, originating from east and west, each one resonating its own history. The composition I wrote has 4 movements, or as I like to think of it, 4 moods. It will be played by an ensemble of Middle Eastern, Jazz and Baroque brilliant instrumentalists, each improvising in their own style.'
Musicians: Daphna Sadeh - composition and orchestration; David Murphy - conducting and orchestration
World / Jazz musicians:
Stewart Curtis - woodwinds; Frank Moon - oud; Mark Bassey - trombone; Daphna Sadeh - double bass; Guy Schalom - percussion
Baroque musicians:
Bojan Cicic - 1st violin; Hilary Michael - 2nd violin; Clare Barwick - viola; Joe Crouch - cello; Judith Evans - double bass; Rachel Brown - flute; Leo Duarte - 1st oboe; Joel Raymond - 2nd oboe; Zoe Shevlin - bassoon
It is a matter of great personal regret that I am unable to attend and review this fascinating event. Daphna Sadeh is a world music/world jazz and classical musician and composer of remarkable calibre who started her world music career with the now legendary East West Ensemble in Israel and has since coming to Britain considerably enhanced the scene here with her Voyagers ensemble, among others.

Terryazoome, whose album Xana has just been reviewed, can be seen live on 24th May 2012 at 8pm at The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Rd., Kingston, Surrey, K72 5EE. Tix are £10/conc £5. Definitely another must see!

Then, on Saturday, 26 May 2012, 8 - 11.30pm, there's a very rare chance to catch Nicolas Meier Group live at an intimate London venue with Jazz Orient, at the superb The Forge, 3-4 Delancey Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NL. The award winning Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original guitarists. 'Drawing on a love of Turkish and Eastern music as well Methenyesque fusions, Meier has developed his own unique sound that encompasses jazz and world music. ”Since John McLaughlin melted frets with the Mahavishnu Orchestra we have become used to frenetic guitar-led groups. None, however, quite mixes styles and sounds like that of Meier, a Swiss player as happy in flamenco and Arab melodies as he is in Western jazz…” John Bungey, The Times'. The day's line-up is Nicolas Meier - guitar, glissentar and saz; Demi Garcia - percussion; Kevin Glasgow - bass; Laurence Lowe - drums; and the amazing Lizzie Ball - violin.

 

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2012/05/02

A slightly delayed update due to cut finger tips impeding typing, and reviews of an amazing gig and two equally amazing albums. The gig was none other than 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! Part of the tour in support of her The War On Trevor project, this was unmissable! Maybe Gillespie might like to rename her gigs Sarah Gillespie - Live And Dangerous? Real High Voltage!

The next dates to catch Gillespie live are May 27th, Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny, and June 1st, The Red Lion, Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham; also June 3rd Gilad Atzmon & The OHE featuring Sarah Gillespie @ Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival, London (lunch time concert).

The first album 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! And a truly remarkable singer! This Cape Verdean world jazz will appeal to jazzers and world music lovers equally.

The second is native New Yorker Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace - an extraordinary musical fusion of peace activism and spirituality! Featuring an all-star line-up that includes UK based jazz ace Gilad Atzmon, Siegel has come up with an album of amazing songs that carry his peace message beautifully and particularly address the aggression against the Palestinians.

Timely notice - Gilad Atzmon & the OHE will be playing new music at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London from June 7th - 9th! Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

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2012/04/20

Reviews this time include the incomparable, un-classifiable (in that she cannot be conveniently pigeon-holed into any one genre!) 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. Essentially an anti-war song in the very best tradition... well, you simply have to hear this! Launched at Ronnie Scott's on 3rd/4th April, another chance to hear Ms. Gillespie in London is next Thursday, 26th April, at The Vortex in Dalston.

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. With much to live up to, did it deliver though? Find out in the review.

 

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2012/04/09

Continuing with the recent trend of cross-cultural events and albums, we have a review of a truly remarkable album. Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore's Sachal Jazz is perhaps not immediately easy to figure out. Keep in mind the sub-title of Interpretations Of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova though 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. Not at all what you'd expect, you really have to hear this wonderful album! Incidentally, in spite of the title, it's perhaps not for the serious jazz fan as it really is more on the world music side of things, but for the more broad-minded this is unmissable. Not much time left, but hurry to catch Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore, aka Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, on 17th April 2012 at 8pm for their live world premiere. Should be quite something!

A further attendance of a third spectacular gig in a row unfortunately fell through last week 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! Heidi Vogel, also known as the lead singer of The Cinematic Orchestra, produced a really amazing album of Brazilian music with this. Equally amazing is her exceptional voice with its huge range! Ms. Vogel's is the nearest voice to that of the incomparable Dame Cleo Laine we have heard yet. So don't miss A World in London 39!

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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! Heavily Indo-Jazz leaning, this gig would have been a fascinating experience for anyone into either jazz or world music. The performances and the whole evening were just stunning. And as all good things come in threes, another sensational gig next time!

Another reminder that April 3rd and 4th sees the launch of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's latest album, The War On Trevor, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - an event that nobody would want to miss! So better book quickly - this looks likely to sell out!

 

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2012/03/25

Slight delay to this current update due the dreadful 'man flu.' Just one review this time, George Panda's Out Of Africa, 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. Samba, rumba, blues, jazz and so much besides - a riveting album!

April 3rd and 4th sees the launch of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's latest album, The War On Trevor, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - an event that nobody would want to miss! So book quickly!

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 couple of reviews this time, a gig and an album. To start with the gig, 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! Harrison on top form, enjoying himself, pushing the envelope. You couldn't really ask for more. If you missed this, you missed what undoubtedly was one of the gigs of the year.

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. Good and wholesome. But don't just take my word for it, get it!

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! Today, US-born bass ace Michael Janisch's Purpose Built, a sensational disc you'll want to keep spinning over and over! Good, rock solid jazz from Janisch and a team of US and UK young stellar performers. And this was a debut album?! You won't believe it either once you've heard it.

More exciting stuff to come next time!

 

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2012/02/17

Time for the Rainlore's World of Music Albums Of The Year 2011! The Rainlore's World of Music Jazz Albums Of The Year, 2011, came up 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. But there are, of course, a number of other categories as well, equally important! So have a look at all the winners. And congrats to them all.

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. There's 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! With a superb double frontline of one of the UK's finest and most versatile saxophonists, Roberto Manzin, and outstanding steel pan exponent Susannah Flack, the rest of the quintet are equally illustrious and should be well known here. A new and exciting sound!

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... The best of Harrison's leader offerings yet, it saw its official launch at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, last Wednesday, 8th February, to a nearly packed house! A review is already in hand and will follow ASAP. Meanwhile, make an effort to catch this modern great live if you can!

More fascination comes from the Maciek Pysz Trio's Discoveries EP. Yes, just an EP of three tracks, but goodness, this is good! Originally intended more as a demo, you can - and should - still grab hold of this. It would have been a shame to languish as a mere demo when it's so much 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. And yes, it is that Roberto Manzin again! The colours, flavours and emotions of the Mediterranean condensed into a superb album.

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.

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). I would herewith like to personally sincerely apologise to Ms. Clare Fischer, the Artistic Director of The Red Hedgehog, for any previous misrepresentation caused by inaccurate information, and I sincerely hope that these revisions clarify things and put them to rights.

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! If you missed this event and are a sax player, you really missed something special. But all is not lost, as Atzmon frequently gives workshops and seminars. So look out for them!

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! Even for the jazz aficionado able to sight read, these are practically a must have and hugely enjoyable to read along the music!

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! A rare chance to see exciting US based Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, this was a not-to-be-missed event!

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). Pete Roth is one of those very special guitar talents to brighten the British scene, doubled with that other guitar ace, Nicolas Meier, and a spectacular rhythm section.

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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There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2012/12/28:

Gabrielle Ducomble - Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Thursday 6th 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)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/13:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/11/27:

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)

 

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)

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

 

Reviews added 2012/10/31:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/10/18:

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

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

 

Reviews added 2012/10/04:

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

 

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)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/08:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/08/20:

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)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/25:

Ido Bukelman :  Solo (2012/07/21)

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

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

 

Reviews added 2012/06/27:

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

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

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

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

 

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)

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

[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)

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

 

Reviews added 2012/05/16:

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

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

Terryazoome : Xana (2012/05/10)

 

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)

 

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)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/09:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/04/01:

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)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/25:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/03/04:

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)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/25:

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

 

Reviews added 2012/02/17:

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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Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to jazz. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of all articles and features is also available.

Features/Articles added 2012/06/10:

[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)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/02/17:

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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