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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

Brubeck Brothers Quartet - Timeline (Blue Forest Records)

Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, are joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb for a shimmering live performance which marks sixty years since Dave Brubeck's historic 1958 State Department Tour. Brubeck masterpieces such as Blue Rondo a la Turk, Easy As You Go...

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3

Dàimh - The Rough Bounds (Goat Island Music)

Dàimh pronounced dive, are a Scottish Highlands based band with an ongoing mission to defend and promote Gaelic culture. Translated from the Gaelic Na Garbh Chrìochan, the Rough Bounds are an area of West Lochaber where Dàimh were formed twenty years ago, regarded historically as an unruly and...

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3

Wolfe Jackson - Nobody Knows Me (Better Than You) EP (Self Release)

The press release for Wolfe Jackson's debut EP NOBODY KNOWS ME (BETTER THAN YOU) boasts a click-free, tuning-free and headphones-less live off the floor performance during the recording of these seven songs, however it all sounds pretty polished to me. The London-based singer songwriter discovered...

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3

Various Artists - Kinder Shores (Rees Care Leavers)

A bit futile reviewing a charity compilation as the point is to put your hand in your pocket and give to a good cause, regardless of how good the album is. Fortunately, this compilation of a generous 19 tracks by the likes of, okay let's start with the biggies, Ralph McTell, Fairport Convention,...

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3

Malphino - Visit Malphino (Lex)

This London-based Cumbia collective encourage us to visit their Utopian island on this their debut album. We need look no further than their collective moniker to discover their origins, 'Mal' from tuba player David Aird's Malay background and 'Phino' an indication of accordionist Alex Barrow's...

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3

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