Category: Album Reviews

July 3, 2021 / Album Reviews

DOUBLE VIBES/HOBBIT (Origin) 8/10 Three years after releasing his Hobbit Suite in 1974, John Sangster revisited the material, this time with very different instrumentation. He was joined by fellow vibraphone player Alan Lee, and the double-vibes line-up (plus pianist Tony Gould, bassist George Thompson and drummer Len Barnard) is at…

June 22, 2021 / Album Reviews

ONTOLOGY (Sony) 9/10 I had goose-bumps before she had even started singing, so disturbing were the guitar chords. The bass, brushes and piano then compound the unease, and the wonder is that when Roxana Amed’s voice and Mark Small’s tenor saxophone join, they deepen the mystery further. Amed, a US-based…

June 16, 2021 / Album Reviews

TIME OUTTAKES (Brubeck Edition) 8/10 If you want to kick-start a debate among jazz-lovers, bring up the Dave Brubeck Quartet. If you want to spice it further, raise Take Five, which became a surprise hit two years after appearing on 1959’s Time Out. Despite – or because of – its…