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Serious Child - Empty Nest (Self Release)

A fiftieth birthday present place on a five day songwriting workshop with Boo Hewerdine, led to Alan Young being persuaded by Boo to record an album that he would produce. From that birthday present and chance meeting came Serious Child the trio of Alan, Carla March on vocals and Steve Welsh on...

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3

Denys Baptiste - The Late Trane (Edition)

It's refreshing to hear John Coltrane's later and lesser known work revisited, even more so when said work is creatively reframed, often in more accessible settings. British saxophonist Denys Baptiste makes a fine job of it given that he, like Coltrane, is a reedsman with a sensitive and spiritual...

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3

Mathias Eick - Ravensburg (ECM)

Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick returns for his fourth outing on ECM with an arresting collection of originals, each owing their genesis to family, friends, childhood, love and a sense of home. Eick's deeply thoughtful playing has all the brooding intensity of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko but...

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5

Andrew Collins Trio - Tongue and Groove (Self Release)

The Andrew Collins Trio sounds like a suited, cool and dry 1950s Brubeck style Jazz group, all buzz cuts, Raybans and dog tooth suits. The truth could not be wilder and farther away. Andrew Collins and his trio marry the impeccable workmanship and musicality of classic modern jazz with the fiery...

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4

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Steve Tilston - Distant Days (Riverboat Records)

We tend to wait in eager anticipation for any new Steve Tilston album, not least for the likelihood of discovering a bunch of new songs, each of which will almost definitely be well-thought through and well-written, they will no doubt be treated to a fine guitar accompaniment and will definitely be...

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Various Artists - Gathered From Coincidence (Grapefruit Records)

The sub-title of this three CD boxset says all you need to know - 'The British Folk-Pop Sound Of 1965-66'. Well, almost all you need to know. Otherwise, there wouldn't be much point in this review. Younger readers have become familiar with a mixing of genres in music as their ears are bombarded...

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5
Dowally // Fluorescent Banshee

Dowally - Somewhere (Self Release)

Dowally is the meeting point of a trio musicians from very different worlds. Daniel Abrahams is an Edinburgh jazz guitarist, Phill Alexander a performer of Klezmer music and Rachel Walker plays traditional Scottish folk fiddle. The band are named after a signpost on the A9 for the tiny hamlet of...

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4

Ben Sures - Poema Poematis (Self Release)

In 2016 Ben Sures received a grant from The Canada Council, the counties most significant granting body for Arts and Culture. The grant was to have his songs arranged for horns and strings for concert. Arrangements were by Edmonton trombonist Audrey Ochoa, who also assembled a horn section...

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4

Duotone - A Life Reappearing (Garrett Brown Music)

Duotone is multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and live looper Barney Morse-Brown. A classically trained Cellist, an accomplished guitarist and fine vocalist, on so many levels LIFE REAPPEARING is the musical equivalent of watching someone rubbing their stomach and patting their head while riding a...

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5

Phantom Voices - Peace By Peace (Wyre Records)

Phantom Voices are a six piece classic Folk Rock band from Lancashire. PEACE BY PEACE is their second album, a solid set of traditional material with versions of Molly Vaughan and Lovely Joan and strong band compositions. With five vocalists, three guitarists and the formidable violin of Richard...

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3

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