Category: Album Reviews – Archive

June 25, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

MUSICAL PROPHET (Resonance/Birdland) 9.5/10 Eric Dolphy was dead at 36. Among jazz’s most innovative improvisers, he died of undiagnosed diabetes; died not knowing his place in history was assured, after suffering such relentless sniping and slurs in New York as drove him to Europe. Some mistook his leaping melodic lines…

June 24, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE REELING (River Lea) 9/10 The intricacy of Celtic jewellery, with is maze-like interweaving of lines without apparent end, its recurrent patterns and its mythical creatures swallowing their own tails, finds a sonic mirror in the culture’s traditional music. Brighde Chambeul (pronounced Bree-choo Campbell), who hails from the Isle of…

June 4, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

MOVE ON: A SONDHEIM ADVENTURE (Mack Avenue/Planet) 8/10 The wonder is that it has not been done more often. Precious few songwriters across the last 60 years hold a candle to Stephen Sondheim, yet jazz musicians have largely shied from engaging with his material. In 1995 came a worthy attempt…