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Album review: Michael Wollny Trio Live – Wartburg (ACT)

There are two broad schools of piano trio music in Europe, one influenced by the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) who took Thelonius Monk as inspiration, and the other dominated by… Read more

Album Review: American Utopia (Nonesuch)

Back in 1983 David Byrne sang about Slippery People with Talking Heads, 35 years later those people are still in power but they’re even harder to make sense of. Byrne’s… Read more

Album review: The Breeders – All Nerve (4AD)

Regroup, re-ignite It’s a brick, look a little closer and you’ll see that the cover art is a broken engineering brick. Which is as good a metaphor for this album… Read more

Album review: Keith Jarrett Gary Peacock Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)

Back in the saddle Pianist Keith Jarrett is something of a legend among contemporary jazz musicians, his Koln Concerts released in 1975 is still the best selling album in the… Read more

Album review: Thomas Stronen Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (ECM)

Textural fluctuations It seems to be in the nature of Norwegian musicians to collaborate far and wide. Maybe it’s coming from such a sparsely populated country or perhaps it’s just… Read more

Album Review: Gun Outfit – Out of Range (Paradise of Bachelors)

Prairie poetry Apparently this, Gun Outfit’s fifth album is an “Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.”… Read more

Society of Sound: Mammal Hands production notes

Society of Sound’s November act Mammal Hands hark from the remote English town of Norwich, but their sound, style and energy suggests something wholly different. The band’s engineer George Atkins… Read more

Album Review: Lost Horizons – Ojala (Bella Union)

Hopeful return Lost Horizons is a collaboration between two movers and shakers of the eighties and nineties, Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, the former was bass player in the Cocteau… Read more

Album Review: Willow – The 1st (Roc Nation)

The travails of gilded youth If I had known who this 17 year old was before pressing play I might not have bothered. Singer and actress Willow Smith is the… Read more