Category Archives: Album Review

Condell’s Quiet Mastery Brings Poetry To Life

Seize The Day Sonny Condell – Patrick Kehoe (Self-released) If every poet could get a top songwriter to give their work a musical make-over we would all be on much more intimate terms with our poets. Mike Scott and The … Continue reading

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Old World Elegance and Charm from Swedish Jazz Maestro

Potsdamer Platz: Jan Lundgren (ACT) Just last week I met Wexford’s most famous Swede Fred Karlsson on the town. He was in fine form, attentive and courteous as always, and full of stories. One would never have known that Fred … Continue reading

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Modern Jazz Quartet: Django

On my turntable right now the album Django (1955) by the Modern Jazz Quartet. Lovin’ it. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LFsuH1-YoM This is what The Guardian says: https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2010/mar/24/modern-jazz-quartet-john-lewis

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Vesala’s Musical Homage to Helsinki

Helsinki Soundpost Martti Vesala Soundpost Quintet (Ozella Music) Helsinki Soundpost is an aural pleasure from start to finish. Eight tracks, 50 minutes of majestic music. From the first insistent single note repetition of “Smoke” right through to the epic grandeur … Continue reading

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Morten Schantz – Godspeed

Godspeed is the name of a new trio headed by Danish composer, pianist and keyboardist Morten Schantz. He is joined by Norwegians, and fellow JazzKamikaze members, Marius Neset (soprano and tenor saxophones) and Anton Eger (drums). The band’s debut album, … Continue reading

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Schaerer’s extravagant and exhuberant style pays off

The Big Wig: Andreas Schaerer Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy (CD/DVD) Label: ACT Music The Lucerne Festival Academy was founded by the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). Andreas Schaerer, a huge … Continue reading

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Herskedal’s Arabian Rhapsody

The Roc – Daniel Herskedal (Edition Records) I have listened to this album over and over. As I have listened, I have sat with pen poised, ready to note down those comments which, painstakingly distilled, would lead to a peerless review. 10 … Continue reading

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