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Sep
29
2018

Dave Holland

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UNCHARTED TERRITORIES (Dare2/Redeye/Planet) 9/10 They recorded this 50 years after first playing together. Meanwhile Evan Parker had become one of the key post-Coltrane tenor saxophonists, and Dave Holland one of the world’s most revered bassists. The two Britons also epitomised the increasingly pivotal role played by non-Americans in expanding the language of jazz. Completing this […]

Aug
31
2018

Paul Grabowsky

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MOONS OF JUPITER (Air-Edel) 9/10 The link to Paul Grabowsky’s brilliant 2014 release The Bitter Suite is unmistakable. Listen to the inky darkness that shadows the notes; that charges the mood variously with portentousness, melancholy or desolation; that lurks behind each line, or just around the corner from a jauntier moment – much as life […]

Aug
29
2018

Jon Rose and Chris Abrahams

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PEGGY (ReR) 8.5/10 Some couples are so different from each other you wonder how the hell their relationship works. Violinist Jon Rose (for 40 years an epicentre of Australian free improvisation) and pianist Chris Abrahams (one third of the Necks) are a bit like that. Often you feel this tension – almost a tug of […]