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The Rite of Trio – Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!

André Bastos Silva – guitar and rosetta stone Filipe Louro – double bass and tunnel vision Pedro Melo Alves – drums and gyroscopes Nuno Mendes – FX solo (track 2) GON – demigod (track 4) Beatriz Nunes – vocals (track 6) Serious Business Grab a Chair, Pick a Card Challenging a Jazz Demigod Getting All…




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7 Questions for… Anton Ponomarev

Saxophonist Anton Ponomarev comes more from the ‘whirling tornado of sound’ school than ‘honk-n-skronk’. And for me, he and his band BROM (Бром) gets the balance between composition and improvisation just right – the feet have enough to tap to while the imagination is simultaneously lifted. All the way from Moscow’s growing free scene…  …




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Rantama Trio – Catching the Mystery Train

(This short review was originally published in Jazz Journal in November 2016) Timo Rantama (electric guitar) Tatu Back (electric bass) Iiro Laitinen (drums) Lifelong Secret Catching The Mystery Train Flowerbed Uneasy Thoughts Ride Tampere Eclipse Music This is a classic guitar power trio. Probably, by the sound of it, weaned on a diet of 70s…




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7 Questions for… Miquel Jordà

With more than three decades of free improvisation behind him, Miquel Jordà is one of the pillars of the Barcelona scene, actively pushing new projects and contexts for the music. Happiest when he’s ‘mixing ingredients’ – such as music, dance and visual arts – Miquel is the driver behind the inaugural BCN Impro Fest this…




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Memoria Uno – gettin’ jazzy…

Oriol Roca (drums) Martín Leiton (bass) Toni Saigi (piano) Marcel·li Bayer (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone) Joan Mas (alto saxophone) Fernando Brox (flute) Iván González (conduction) Another month, another incarnation of Memoria Uno. It’s the free improvisation equivalent of Doctor Who – always the same entity with the same drive but looking and sounding totally different….




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Zu + Outblinker – an earshatteringly good time

BeGood, Barcelona, 28th November 2016 (promoted by Heliogàbal) Outblinker To be honest, I came for Zu and didn’t know much about Outblinker at all other than that they’re Scottish and a bit krautrock-y. Then I got my internal organs bashed about by pounding subaural synth beats, precision drums (to within nine decimal places) and hallucinogenically…




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Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Organ Grinder

Rebecca Sneddon – saxophones Colin Stewart – electric bass Paul Archibald – drums & percussion; piano (track 5); pipe organ (track 11) and featuring: Luc Klein – trumpet (tracks 2, 5, 6, 9) Patrick Darley – trombone (tracks 4, 6) Open the Gate You Are Old Father William Funambule The Woods Calcutta Cutie LORA Bicycle…




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Francesco Chiapperini’s Insight – Paradigm Shift

Francesco Chiapperini (compositions, bass and soprano clarinet ) Simone Lobina (electric guitar, effects) Simone Quatrana (piano and electric piano) France Mon Amour Promenade Only Theme Rock Scale Axis Oxilia Freezing “R” Aut Records Biella, Italy, November 2015 & February 2016 It begins with a repetitive crunchy rhythm guitar. The ear expects drums and a bassline…