Monthly archives: December, 2016

The guest list – Ray Faust’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Ray ‘Faust’ is an old friend and fellow enthusiast whose tastes run broad and deep and…




The guest list – Owen Kilfeather’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Owen Kilfeather is a fearless, possibly even surreal, composer and improviser. He’s also a pretty damn…




The guest list – Vasco Trilla’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Vasco Trilla (the Thriller?!) is a drummer. Which is like saying Borges wrote the odd story,…




7 Questions for… Ian Simpson

Improvising guitarist, sound manipulator, relentless experimenter, fiddler with electronics… Ian Simpson is hard to label and that’s exactly as it should be. My own point of entry to Ian’s work was via his involvement with Some Some Unicorn (possibly the most ambitious improvising ensemble in the UK right now – discuss…) but his involvement in…




The guest list – Diego Caicedo’s top ten of 2016

This year, for the sake of fun and variety, alongside the usual aJazzNoise top ten list, I asked a few compatriots whose taste and artistic endeavours I trust and love to suggest their own ‘best of’ lists for 2016. Diego Caicedo is a guitarist, composer, and improviser. One half of the Melodies Intemporelles guitar-vocals duo…




The Best Jazz & Noise of 2016…?

Top ten lists. Aren’t they awful? Always incomplete. Always missing your favourite album. Well, this is aJazzNoise’s (my) top ten albums – that I’ve listened to – in 2016. It won’t be your top ten. And if I’d heard all the great music you have then maybe it would look very different. But I haven’t…




7 Questions for… Tania Giannouli

Tania Giannouli’s starting point as a pianist is classical but her music includes a keen interest in improvisation. It’s no wonder that her most recent album with the Tania Giannouli Ensemble (piano, cello, reeds, drums, & percussion) is titled “Transcendence”, rising above all-too-limiting genre labels. 1. What was your first musical instrument, and what did…




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…