Category: People & Places

7 Questions for… Dominik Strycharski

Dominik Strycharski’s recent album, Dolphy Flauto, is a quite astonishing solo recorder performance of various well-known Eric Dolphy tunes (with a couple of originals too) prompting one commenter to say, “Holy fuck, what’s he doing on Hat And Beard? That’s just not possible!!!” For me, it was an entry point to a varied and growing…




7 Questions for… Dirk Raulf

I’m arriving at the tentative conclusion that Dirk Raulf takes nothing seriously and everything seriously, at the same time. The bass saxophone quartet Deep Schrott is a good example: a serious exploration and love affair with the instruments possibilities filtered through unexpected cover tunes (Kylie Minogue? Black Sabbath?) combined with sonorously accessible original compositions. Or…




7 Questions for… Dave Jackson

At the risk of hyperbole, Dave Jackson blows his soul through his alto – certainly, he’s channelling something and to judge from the 7 answers below, it’s coming from an instinctive, non-logical, ‘true self’ kind of place. In fact, there’s a distinct and strong spiritual element to Dave’s playing that may have a connection to…




7 Questions for… Keith Jafrate

My introduction to Keith Jafrate’s music came through Shaun Blezard. First via the Orfeo 5 disc, “a year on the ice”, a hauntingly lovely sax’n’electronics duo disc; then, through the second Some Some Unicorn album, “Unicornucopia”. In the answers below (the lengthiest response to 7 Questions by far) you’ll find a deep thoughtfulness and consideration…




7 Questions for… The Rite of Trio

“Once upon a time, there was a jazz jambacore trio that got together to change the spherical configuration of Planet Earth. The Rite of Trio is the metaphor of life.” That quotation comes from the liner notes to Rite of Trio’s debut album, the oddly-named “Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar“. It’s a…




7 Questions for… Miguel Fernández

Miguel Fernández has the dubious honour of being one of the first artists I reviewed for the UK’s Jazz Journal: his 2010 quartet disc, “Transplanet Species”. The review was brief (space was tight) but positive and it’s a disc that still gets played every now and then all these years later, which is always a…




7 Questions for… Hugo Selles

Pianist, composer and producer, Hugo Selles is classically trained (and inclined) but with a penchant for song-based forms with an eclectic mix of ingredients, including pop, prog, jazz, ambient, and electronica which he releases under the monicker of Psychic Equalizer. The first album was 2014’s “Train Back Home” which (happily) came my way via Jazz…




7 Questions for… Han-earl Park

Han-earl Park has been called a musical philosopher. Han-earl Park plays guitar. Han-earl Park improvises. Han-earl Park invents machines that improvise (seriously, it’s called io 0.0.1 beta++). Han-earl Park is difficult to describe, so here’s what it says on his own website, “Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing…