REVIEW: ‘Tales from the Punjab’ – Shez Raja

A SULTRY SUN silhouetting Badshahi Mosque and the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh in the cosmopolitan city of Lahore, Punjab, signals a quite different project from Wirral-born, London-based electric bassist Shez Raja.

Read my full review at LondonJazz News…

Released 19 March 2021 at Ubuntu Music and available from Shez Raja’s website, Amazon, Apple Music, etc.

 

Shez Raja bass guitar
Fiza Haider vocals
Ahsan Papu bansuri
Zohaib Hassan sarangi
Kashif Ali Dani tabla
Qamar Abbas cajon

shezraja.com

Ubuntu Music – UBU0077 (2021)

REVIEW: ‘Quietly There’ – Allison Neale

A RELEASE to make the heart leap, alto saxophonist Allison Neale’s Quietly There summons so many early jazz memories, especially the soft, balmy tone of Paul Desmond and the mellifluous (tenor) phrasing of Stan Getz.

Read my full review at LondonJazz News…

Released on 11 September 2020 and available from Proper Music, Amazon, Apple Music.

 

Allison Neale alto saxophone
Peter Bernstein electric guitar
Dave Green double bass
Steve Brown drums

allisonneale.com

Ubuntu Music – UBU0062 (2020)

REVIEW: ‘Configuration’ – John Law’s Congregation

IT’S A PRIVILEGE to track the evolution of a musician’s career over many years, especially when, like pianist John Law’s, it simply goes from strength to strength. I first saw him perform at Brecon Jazz Festival in 2007 (the Art of Sound Trio with Yuri Goloubev and Asaf Sirkis); and, since then, through his solo and various Congregation ensemble albums, there’s been a clear sense of continual experimentation.

Read my full review at LondonJazzNews…

Released on 1 May 2020 on the Ubuntu Music label, Configuration is available directly from John Law’s website, Amazon and Apple Music.

 

John Law piano, keyboards, samples
James Mainwaring saxophones, guitar, electronics
Ashley John Long double bass
Billy Weir drums
with
Jasper Law electronics

johnlaw.org.uk

Ubuntu Music – UBU0036 (2020)

RECENT LISTENING: April 2020 (3)

Another Kind of Soul – Tony Kofi
Tony Kofi, Andy Davies, Alex Webb, Andrew Cleyndert, Alfonso Vitale
Release date: 24 April 2020 (The Last Music Company)
lastmusic.co.uk / propermusic.com / amazon.co.uk

Configuration – John Law’s Congregation
John Law, James Mainwaring, Ashley John Long, Billy Weir, Jasper Law
Release date: 1 May 2020 (Ubuntu Music)
www.amazon.co.uk / music.apple.com

Totem – Ferdinando Romano
Ralph Alessi, Tommaso Iacoviello, Simone Alessandrini, Nazareno Caputo, Manuel Magrini, Ferdinando Romano, Giovanni Paolo Liguori
Release date: 24 April 2020 (Losen Records)
ferdinandoromano.bandcamp.com

A Million Conversations – Rachel Sutton
Rachel Sutton, Roland Perrin, Michael Curtis Ruiz, Paul Robinson, Stuart Brooks
Release date: 13 January 2020 (33Jazz Records)
rachelsuttonmusic.com / 33jazz.com / music.apple.com

Music of our Times – Gary Husband & Markus Reuter
Gary Husband, Markus Reuter
Release date: 26 March 2020 (MoonJune Records)
markus-reuter-moonjune.bandcamp.com

Live at Ucheldre – Huw Warren
Huw Warren – solo piano
Release date: 10 April 2020
huwwarren.bandcamp.com

RECENT LISTENING: March 2020 (1)

Affinity – Henrik Jensen’s Followed by Thirteen
Rory Simmons, Esben Tjalve, Henrik Jensen, Pete Ibbetson
Release date: 20 March 2020 (Babel Label)
babel-label.bandcamp.com/affinity

God is a Drummer – Trilok Gurtu
Trilok Gurtu, Frederik Köster, Sabri Tulug Tirpan, Jonathan Cuniado, Christophe Schweizer, Kaplana Patowary, Zara, Emre Meralli, Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie conducted by Wolf Kerschek
Release date: 7 February 2020 (Jazzline-Leopard)
jazzline-leopard.com / propermusic.com

Venus Eye – Noemi Nuti
Noemi Nuti, Chris Eldred, Tom Herbert, Emiliano Caroselli plus special guest Gareth Lockrane
Release date: 6 March 2020 (Ubuntu Music)
amazon.co.uk

Live and Unreleased (2CD) – The Brecker Brothers
Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Mark Gray, Barry Finnerty, Neil Jason, Richie Morales
Release date: 20 March 2020 (Jazzline-Leopard)
jazzline-leopard.compropermusic.com

Sonoritat De Mil Miralls – Jaume De Viala
Jaume De Viala, Dusan Jevtovic, Judit Cucula, David Marroquin, Xavi Reija, Álvaro Gandul, Vasil Hadzimanov, Pablo Selnik, Robindro Nikolic, Oriol Madurell, Salvador Avià, Jordi Bonell, Kamal Musallam, David “Sam”, Roger Conesa, Bernat Hernandez, Juanito Makandé, Trissi Hernandez
Release date: July 2019
jaumedevialatorello.bandcamp.com

A View – Maciek Pysz
Maciek Pysz – solo guitar
Release date: October 2019 (Caligola Records)
maciekpysz.com / caligola.it

RECENT LISTENING: February 2020 (1)

Old Wow – Sam Lee
Sam Lee, James Keay, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Josh Green, Bernard Butler, Letty Stott, Yusuf Narcin, Anthony Albrecht, Alice Zawadzki, Matthew Barley, Saul Eisenberg, Elizabeth Frazer, Mara Carlyle, Cosmo Sheldrake, Rowan ‘Dizraeli’ Sawday, Adrian Freedman, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, Ben Edwards
Release date: 31 January 2020 (Cooking Vinyl)
samleesong.co.uk

Shoot the Moon – Mezcla
Michael Butcher, Joshua Elcock, Ben MacDonald, Alan Benzie, David Bowden, Stephen Henderson, Steve Forman
Release date: 7 February 2020 (Ubuntu Music)
mezcla.co.uk/music

The Letter – Shri
Shri Sriram, Bugge Wesseltoft, Paolo Vinaccia, Arild Andersen, Tore Brunborg, Ben Castle
Release date: 13 March 2020 (Jazzland Recordings)
shri-sriram.bandcamp.com

Truce – Markus Reuter
Markus Reuter, Fabio Trentini, Asaf Sirkis
Release date: 17 January 2020 (MoonJune Records)
markus-reuter-moonjune.bandcamp.com

Earth – Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group
Dave Liebman, Matt Vashlishan, Bobby Avey, Tony Marino, Alex Ritz
Release date: 7 February 2020 (Whaling City Sound)
lydialiebman.com / davidliebman.com / whalingcitysound.com

New York – Copenhagen (EP) – Mette Juul
Mette Juul, Mike Moreno, Lars Danielsson, Ulf Wakenius, Per Møllehøj
Release date: 6 March 2020 (Universal Music)
mette-juul.com/music