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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

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard - Perfectly Unhappy (Rune Grammofon)

This aptly titled fourth outing from the Norwegian trio presents a paradoxically melancholic yet blissful set of piano-based, saxophone-led originals. Whilst Lars Tormod Jenset and Andreas Bye lay their delicate and creamy bass/drum bedding, Eriksen gives the album its shimmer with his wonderfully...

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4

Dave Holland - Unchartered Territories (Dare2)

As jazz conversationalists go, Dave Holland is a right old chatterbox. The 71 year old British bassist has been engaging in musical deep and meaningfuls with the cream of the jazz world for over forty years. His latest outing, Unchartered Territories, presents no fewer than twenty-three fascinating...

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3

The Fretless - Live From Art Farm (Self Release)

With a cover that is a dreamlike collage mixture of John James Audubon-esque birds and lush Rousseau foliage, dotted with vintage dancers and musicians this is a set that intrigues from the get go. The Fretless are on one level, to paraphrase the advert, exactly what it says on the tin, four...

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4

Mishaped Pearls - Shivelight (Mishaped Records)

Mishaped Pearls formed around the duo of multiinstrumentalist Ged Flood and vocalist Manuela Schuette, their second album THAMESIS released in 2014 was a real stop and listen moment. SHIVELIGHT, named after a word in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem meaning the lances of sunlight that pierce the canopy...

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5

Tracy Grammer - low tide (Self Release)

Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim in the late 90s as half an eponymous duo with Dave Carter. Following Carter's death in 2002, Grammer toured on her own, building a, reputation as a musician, interpreter of song and songwriter across two albums and two eps. low tide is the first collection of Grammer's...

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5

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette - After The Fall (ECM)

Capturing the magic of their previously unissued 1998 New Jersey performance, this release marks thirty five years since the foundation of the jazz super-trio. Despite being recorded following his prolonged illness, After The Fall preserves an instance of Jarrett at his most graceful and playful,...

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4

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