Release Day: Preston – Glasgow – Lowe eponymous debut album + 4 night residency at Ronnie Scotts for launch shows

 

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“A brilliant debut album showcasing the respective talents of three exceptional British musicians… An excellent start… They are the business.”
★★★★1/2 All About Jazz

 

British trio Preston – Glasgow – Lowe release their eponymous debut album with an energetic and technically thrilling record of original material. Writing and performing together since 2012, London-based David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (six-string electric bass) and Laurie Lowe (drums) have steadily honed their own particular style of complex riffs and thunderous rhythms complete with subtle, low-level electronics and overdubs. The project’s creative and developmental processes open up a panoply of textures and colors – from open, contemplative oases to heavyweight, blistering maelstrom – yet it all emanates from this close collaboration of just three musically-incisive minds.

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe’s carefully constructed sequences invite their own compositional extensions and improvisations to seamlessly flow in and out of the framework, searching for the undiscovered, as intimated by David Preston: “For me, the trio format is one of the most interesting, with its opportunities and challenges to either create or fill space; so it’s always exciting to get together with like-minded musicians, in that context, to spend time analyzing what you want to explore, and what maybe you haven’t yet heard, so you can then answer that question as thoroughly and as honestly as you can.”

The sheer, virtuosic rapidity of the playing found within these 65 minutes is striking – from the tumultuous, firecracker synchronicity of ‘C:\>PU’ and ‘Colour Possesses’ to the melodic guitar breadth and animated bass grooving of ‘Everything in Everything’, and the breathless six-string bass velocity of ‘Elephant and Castle’ to Laurie Lowe’s viscerally penetrating drum eruption at the centre of three-part ‘Within You’. Presenting a cool, synthy spatiality, ‘Song to the Citadel’ prompts exquisite fretboard roaming and pitch-bending from both Preston and Glasgow; while the intensifying, rock-infused urgency of ‘The Priory’ – written in part as a through-composed drum solo – features Lowe’s relentless yet nuanced drumming.

In a fertile environment which melds the ethos of jazz-rock fusion with enthusiastic invention, this is a trio whose combined experience and prowess is distilled into an intuitive and invigorating program, fine-tuned from their live sessions. As Kevin Glasgow sums up: “We’ve been shaping this music together for some time, and have received some great reactions at gigs; it’s a concept that comes from within us, so we can’t wait to share it more widely through this album release.”

 

See them live:

For full details including how to book tickets, go: here

April 29 – Café Lento, Leeds

April 30 – Jazz Co-op, Newcastle

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th May – Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London (Official Launch Shows)

 

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★★★★ review from Jazzwise Magazine amongst latest reviews for Sam Crockatt’s Mells Bells

British tenorist Sam Crockatt brings the energy and immediacy of his quartet to Whirlwind on Mells Bells, an album of peppy live-feel studio performances which illuminate and elaborate on the leader’s eight original compositions. Crockatt (a member of London-based Loop Collective) collaborates with many of today’s increasingly successful contemporary jazz and improvisational artists, particularly revelling in the focus of this empathetic working quartet with colleagues Kit Downes (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and James Maddren (drums). Recorded over a single day, newly-birthed concepts merge with older themes-in-waiting to create a distinct and exciting spontaneity.

Sam has just completed a series of shows across the UK in support of the album and here is a selection of reviews of both Mells Bells and the live shows:

“A bold, imaginative band, fully contemporary and fully skilled”
Live review (read)

An impressive, enjoyable album… Seek it out.”
Sandy Brown Jazz (full review)

“Mells Bells is [Crockatt’s] strongest statement so far… classy and engaging… makes for very pleasurable listening.”
★★★★ Jazzwise Magazine  (reproduced below)

 

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Four launch dates at Ronnie Scotts early next month for Preston Glasgow Lowe (debut album out tomorrow) plus London Jazz reviews live show.

British trio Preston – Glasgow – Lowe release their eponymous debut album with an energetic and technically thrilling record of original material. Writing and performing together since 2012, London-based David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (six-string electric bass) and Laurie Lowe (drums) have steadily honed their own particular style of complex riffs and thunderous rhythms complete with subtle, low-level electronics and overdubs. The project’s creative and developmental processes open up a panoply of textures and colors – from open, contemplative oases to heavyweight, blistering maelstrom – yet it all emanates from this close collaboration of just three musically-incisive minds.

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe have been busy touring in support of the album and will be appearing at four sold out dates at Ronnie Scotts early next month. (details)

Here’s a  review of their recent show in Bristol (for details of all Preston – Glasgow – Lowe tour dates click: here ) plus a chance to listen again to Preston  Glasgow Lowe  reviewed on a recent Slice of Jazz show on Radio Cardiff and to read the album and tour preview in Jazzwise Magazine.

“The level of musicianship, commitment, and three-way empathy on display here makes for a thoroughly rewarding evening.”
London Jazz (full review)

Slice of Jazz  (listen again)

Jazzwise Magazine (preview)

 

Elephant and Castle from Preston – Glasgow – Lowe

 

★★★★★ from Germany’s Stereo Magazine for Matthew Stevens and Woodwork.

NYC-based Guitarist and composer Stevens is heralded as one of the most promising young artists in contemporary jazz music through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Walter Smith III, and Harvey Mason. Now Stevens comes fully into his own with his debut recording as a leader.

The album’s title, Woodwork, Stevens says, reflects the almost tactile way in which he creates music. “It’s a metaphor for how I see myself interacting with sound. Woodwork is an act of creation in collaboration with the natural world; it invokes a sense of being handmade or one of a kind. These raw materials exist regardless of whether or not you do something with them, so I try to respect that and let the music unfold naturally.”

 

 

 

 

Woodwork has just received this ★★★★★ review from Germany’s Stereo magazine:

“An amazingly diverse debut solo album… Matthew Stevens introduces the listener to a whole new world of guitar sounds… A major talent at work.”
★★★★★ Stereo Magazine (DE)

 

 

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Jason Palmer and Cédric Hanriot ‘City of Poets’ feat Donny McCaslin, Michael Janisch and Clarence Penn: Preview tracks + PRE ORDER now available + US Launch shows starting tomorrow in Washington D.C.

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City of Poets drops officially on May 20th; however, you can now PRE ORDER the album and get the MP3 320 digital album instantly sent to your email. CDs will be shipped one week before release.  We’ve also got the preview tracks available to listen to for the entire album –> click here.

The band has three special shows in Eastern US starting tomorrow, and will have advance copies available each night:

CITY OF POETS USA ALBUM RELEASE CONCERTS:

21/04/2016 – ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Washington D.C.

22/04/16 – PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, Philadelphia, Penn.

23/04/16 – SHEA CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Wayne, NJ

 

About the album, and stream a full track, below:

 

The very essence of American trumpeter Jason Palmer and French pianist/composer Cédric Hanriot’s improvisational concept City Of Poets – centered around Olivier Messiaen’s 7 Modes of Limited Transportation and US author Dan Simmons’ acclaimed, four-novel science fiction series Hyperion Cantos – is sufficiently intriguing to prompt further exploration of its background and, indeed, the artistic collaboration and musical output it has inspired.

A French/American jazz exchange project (in association with the French-American Cultural Exchange and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation), its overarching melodic frameworks are based on Simmons’ literary themes of pilgrimage and the life stories of his prominent characters – hence these varied ‘tales’ from The Priest, The Soldier, The Poet, The Scholar, The Detective and The Consul, as well as mysterious four-armed, semi-organic creature The Shrike.

Writing for quintet – completed by colleagues Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone), Michael Janisch (double bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) – Palmer and Hanriot chose to restrict themselves to Messiaen’s seven modes, each of which are defined by differently shifting degrees/intervals (though always symmetrical and each sharing the same beginning and ending reference point). Once the melodic structure was in place, Palmer explains, the harmonic and rhythmic content for each of the seven tracks arrived quite easily: “It was quite an exercise in creative periphery, the art of taking in literary work and creating musical work simultaneously.”

Launched in 2014 and emphasising its cross-cultural ethos with concerts and masterclasses in the USA, UK and France, the work has taken on an energy of its own at the hands of these stellar improvisers. From the colourful, two-horned vibrancy of ‘The Priest’s Tale (Mode II)’ to dusky piano/bass blues ‘The Detective’s Tale (Mode VII)’, this is music which shrieks spontaneity and whispers the work of imagination, reflecting the creative, cultural roots of both its inspirers and realizers. Percussively piquant ‘The Shrike (Mode I)’ revels in Palmer’s blistering trumpet extemporisations, whilst Michael Janisch’s supple, effected bass enhances the mystery of ‘The Scholar’s Tale (Mode III)’. ‘The Soldier’s Tale (Mode IV)’ swings coolly to Hanriot’s pianistic deftness, and the broad landscapes of both ‘The Poet’s Tale (Mode V)’ and ‘The Consul’s Tale (Mode VI)’ throw the rich fluidity of McCaslin’s tenor into the spotlight.

This recording, captured before a receptive, live audience at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, expresses all the intended fervor and vigor of this original music and the excitement and freedom emanating from the quintet’s sparky invention. To put a musical slant on the words of English philosopher Bertrand Russell, quoted in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion: “Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.”

 

 

 

Listen again to BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Now’ as Soweto Kinch sits in on masterclass with Patrick Cornelius + latest reviews for ‘While We’re still Young’

Featuring Patrick Cornelius – alto/soprano saxes, flute, compositions, Jason Palmer – trumpet, John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Nick Vayenas – trombone, Miles Okazaki – guitar, Gerald Clayton – piano, Peter Slavov – bass and Kendrick Scott – drums, While We’re Still Young is the sixth and latest album by the critically acclaimed, award-winning saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius and breathes life into a suite of new original music inspired by the universally-treasured poetry of English literary icon A. A. Milne.

During his recent Euro launch tour, Patrick took the opportunity to work with students on his own compositions.

BBC Radio 3 recorded one such event and here, Soweto Kinch joins him for a masterclass at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is working with young players on music from  While We’re Still Young. They discuss what it means to be a jazz composer today, and explore tricks of the trade for alto saxophonists:  Listen again

 

 

 

Here are the highlights from reviews still coming in for the album from North America and Europe:

“An entire album peppered with goosebumps-inducing moments… Cornelius’s music and messages resonate broadly and vividly, reminding any listener of what’s most precious to us all.”
Ottawa Citizen (full review)

“Draws from classical and baroque influences to create powerful yet delicate jazz music.”
Phontas Troussas (Blog GR) (full review)

New York Standards Quartet USA album-launch concert for ‘Power of 10’ – Thurs, April 28th – Smalls Jazz Club

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Latest release – Power of 10 celebrates ten years of touring and recording for New York Standards Quartet. Next week on Thursday 28th April the band will be celebrating with a special show at  Smalls Jazz Club in New York featuring Tim Armacost (saxophones), David Berkman (piano), Ugonna Okegwo (double bass), Gene Jackson (drums) and with guest Michael Janisch.

“Don’t let the ‘standards’ part throw you. Their approach to the songbook is neither safe nor complacent . . . They do indeed play with the casual tightness of a group that has been around the world a few times together . . .”
JazzTimes Magazine (Editor’s Pick)

“Beauty in the familiar: That’s the overarching theme of this elegant new album by the New York Standards Quartet, a bold, forward-looking ensemble . . .The album, which celebrates the group’s 10-year anniversary as a working outfit, features an attractive mix of heady originals, refreshing contrefacts and smartly arranged standards-all united by the group’s shared affinity for muscular groove and searing, thoughtful melody.”
DownBeat Magazine (Editor’s Pick)

 

Here’s a full length version of Deep High Wide Sky from the album:

 

“A spectacular recording” and “A dynamite band” – more reviews for Joel Harrison’s ‘Spirit House’.

A broad-thinking musician with a prolific and extensive back catalog of releases – from duo and chamber to big band formats, from West African to North Indian collaborations – renowned Washington DC-born guitarist and composer Joel Harrison now turns his attention to a quintet recording featuring the intriguing front line of trumpet (Cuong Vu) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). Completed by NYC bassist Kermit Driscoll (bass) and the influential eminence of drummer Brian Blade, Harrison has created a genuine improvisers’ record on Spirit House with a conceptual focus very much on the intuitive skills of these specific players.

Here are the highlights from the most recent reviews received for Spirit House
 
“A spectacular recording.”
Jazz’n’ More
 
“A dynamite band.”
Stuart Kremsky (blog)

Donna Lewis with UK release of ‘Brand New Day’ ft: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King produced by David Torn: June 17 2016 + UK Tour

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Pre-orders now available: CDs will be shipped one week before release date. Instant MP3 320 digital album available immediately after purchase: Pre-order click here.

You can also pre order on iTunes and Amazon.

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‘I Love You Always Forever’ was such a huge hit for the multi-platinum artist Donna Lewis; a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection – the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. But the Welsh native is an artist of many dimensions, as she has demonstrated with efforts ranging from At the Beginning, her charming duet with Richard Marx from the Anastasia soundtrack, to Be Still, her lovely voice and piano album. True to its title, her eagerly awaited new album, Brand New Day, is a striking departure from anything she has done before. Produced by her longtime friend and collaborator David Torn, who arranged all the songs, Brand New Day redefines her as an artist while maintaining the wonderful open qualities her fans love.

Lewis’ fifth studio recording is an intimate, jazz-inflected covers/original album. The conservatory-trained daughter of a semi-professional jazz pianist has heretofore forged her place in the pop world through styles like atmospheric art pop, singer/songwriter folk, traditional jazz, and classical. While Donna’s last album, 2008’s In the Pink, was heavily electronic, Brand New Day explores a much more stripped-down acoustic sound. Lewis has toured often in a duo setting, accompanying herself on piano with a bassist at her side; here, however, she pares down her focus even further by handling only the vocals, leaving all instrumental duties with the capable trio featuring pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King, who are perfectly suited to back Lewis on this project.

Along with three originals (the languid ‘Sleep’, the title track ‘Brand New Day’ and a ruminative reworking of ‘I Love You Always Forever’), Lewis and her trio delve into a handful of inspired cover songs that cross stylistic boundaries from the fantastical latter-David Bowie number ‘Bring Me The Disco King’, to Fred Neil’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me’, to Damien Rice’s ‘Amie’. What’s particularly invigorating here is how untethered Iverson, Anderson and King perform. As a trio, they interact clearly, fluidly and adventurously on Brand New Day, while creating a generous space for her intimate and warm vocal delivery. Donna digs into these songs with care and expertise, drawing out her phrases and enveloping a tune in multiple layers of meaning. This is perhaps best expressed in her delicate reworking of Chocolate Genius’ 1998 soul ballad ‘My Mom’, in which Lewis takes an already heart-wrenching song about watching a parent succumb to dementia and brings out the most poignant, tender aspects of the piece via her soft, lilting vocal delivery. Much like on the rest of Brand New Day, the singer’s delicate tone contrasts subtly with her experienced choices, creating a beautiful and fascinating dichotomy.

(Some text adapted from All Music Guide)

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Brand New Day UK album launch tour

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Donna Lewis & Band
feat: Steve Hamilton – piano/keys, Alex Garnett – guest saxophonist,
Michael Janisch – double bass and Andrew Bain – drums

12th June 2016 – The Convent, South Woodchester (live concert stream)

13th June 2016 – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

14th June 2016 – Stockport Plaza, Stockport

15th June 2016 – Swansea Jazz Festival

16th and 17th June 2016 – The Pheasantry, London, OFFICIAL UK LAUNCH CONCERTS

21st June – The Old Market, Hove

22 – 24 – tbc Scotland

*more dates to be confirmed

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 Check out the full length single ‘Waters of March’ from Brand New Day

(preview tracks for the full album available on the album page)

★★★★ from Jazz Journal for New York Standards Quartet and ‘Power of 10’ + Jazz Times Editor’s Pick and latest reviews.

new_york_standards_920_550shar-20_s_c1NYSQ‘s latest recording, Power of 10 is their second release for Whirlwind and a tribute to their ten years of performing together.

Comprising David Berkman (piano), Tim Armacost (sax), Gene Jackson (drums) and Michael Janisch (bass), the hallmark of the group’s playing is an easy rapport with one another developed through ten years of playing together and interpreting jazz classics in a highly engaging and personal way.

They give the listener something familiar to grab on to, before throwing in the bends and quirks that NYSQ has become known for, creating modern shapes and visions of these well-known ​songs​.

 

Here are the latest press highlights for Power of 10

“Th​is is a birthday celebrated with pooled energy and some uninhibited free-wheeling.”
★★★★ Jazz Journal (website)

“Lush Life,” such well-worn terrain for jazz musicians, draws from saxophonist Tim Armacost an amazingly inventive solo.​”
Jay Harvey (blog)

“Some bracingly off-kilter sounds… This kind of tension is what produces musical sparks, and the album is a joy.”
CD Hotlist (full review)

Power of 10 is also featured in this month’s Jazz Times Magazine as Editor’s Pick. (website)

“They do indeed play with the casual tightness of a group that has been around the world a few times… Don’t let the “standards” part throw you. Their approach to the songbook is neither safe nor complacent.”
JazzTimes (Editor’s Pick)

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Here’s a full length version of Deep High Wide Sky from the album: