Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bob Dylan - In Concert: Brandeis University 1963

A great freshly discovered concert from Bob's folk phase in the early 1960's. The man performs in a makeshift concert venue (a gym) for a keen audience of students as he builds his audience and reputation months before his national fame. The performers confidence and spark is clearly in place at this stage of his development.

Monday, March 14, 2011


The piano jazz trio reinvented by this bass led ensemble. Jasper Hoiby composes the stunning tunes and leads the turbulent but flowing jazz vibe. The piano of Ivo Neame percussive and then lyrical by turn with Mark Guiliana strong on drums.


Powerful sophisticated jazz from the elegant British singer Tina May. She covers a great mixture of standards including "In your own sweet way" and "Body and Soul" with a sample of more unusual fare such as "Speak Low" and "Stolen Moments".

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Pat links a concert hall of instruments in this great one man band jazz symphony. Guitars blend and trigger the shadow automated players. Brilliant.

Brubeck -Liam Noble trio

Fiery tribute to the Dave Brubeck legacy. Modern interpretations endorse and surprise, fine intelligence and group conversations.

Tragicomic - Vijay Iver

Remarkable rich piano led jazz full of power and savoury spices. Fine musicianship from cohorts and some stunning compositions.

Friday, October 31, 2008


Lyrical and full of airy space and intelligent slow burning dimension the pianist is joined by regular bassist Anders Jormin and new partner on drums John Falt for this jazz masterpiece.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Pat Metheny leads his two cohorts Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez on a musical diversion, a trip into the guitar Jazz Trio 2008.
Great new composition, excellent seamless performances as they converge on the hip corner.

This Meets That - John Scofield

John slips and slides with his trio through this strong statement of guitar wisdom.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Frank Zappa's Hot Licks - Colin Towns & NDR Big Band

Colin brings those quirky characters fron Zappa land to pristine big band arrangments for the Hamburg based NDR outfit. Willie the pimp eat that Question Bebop tango and peaches en regalia all appear in spnking new clothes alongside King Kong. Left centre live and pschedelic drama!!

Back East - Joshua Redman

Joshua takes a mature look at his chain of inspiration from Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon to his father Dewey. A fine set of performances in the mainstream setting with the embroidery of his post modern outlook.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Alleycat / Direct Hits - Nucleus

Ian Carr had by 1976 fully established his jazz rock adventure with Nucleus and Alleycat is a great example of the concept. Subtle, ingenious, with an ever flowing funk underfloor, the multi layered structure of solos and conversations from the instrumentalists make this a real Amazon. Direct Hits presents the history of the group from 1970 in an ever sliding perspective of gold glimpsed in that exotic jungle.

Waka/Jawaka - Frank Zappa

Frank tackles jazz fusion, wrestles with the studio, plumbs in the originality and eccentricity reaches towards those perfect stars!!