Category: Recordings

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,…




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…




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…




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…




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…




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…




Ramón López Freedom Now Sextet – Valencia

(This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011.) Ramón López (drums) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Ivo Perelman (tenor saxophone) Joe Morris (guitar) Agustí Fernández (piano) Barry Guy (bass) Alacant Cos I Ànima Bullirà El Mar Els Xiquestsi Misteri Horitzó Llum I Vent Llotja De La Seda Cova Del Bolomor Xàbia Fets D’Amor Sis Poemes…