Read On
Posted in Classical Jazz Reviews of New Releases

Roberto Bonati / Tor Yttredal – Some Red Some Yellow: An album of understated beauty.

The UK having now departed the European Union, it feels more important than ever for those of us here in…
Read On
Posted in Classical Jazz Latest News Reviews of New Releases

Extrovert composer-trombonist Alex Paxton has recently been running, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, workshops for young composers. However, he is equally at home in the jazz idiom; would that he might some day collaborate with jazzers here in Scotland.. Here is SJS’s (under my name FM) review in London Jazz News of his latest, completely marvelous album, Music For Bosch People.

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/07/01/alex-paxton-music-for-bosch-people/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Latest News Reviews of New Releases Traditional

Scotland continues to produce great albums that successfully meld Jazz and Scottish Trad idioms. Fergus Hall’s debut album ‘Shores’ – which as a bonus features words of revered Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean – is one such. Here is Scottish Jazz Space’s (under my name, FM) review of ‘Shores’ in London Jazz News. 👍😀

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/05/08/fergus-hall-shores/
Read On
Posted in Classical Jazz Latest News Reviews of New Releases

‘That Which Has Remained…That Which Will Emerge…’, a thought-provoking & moving new album from composer, improvisor & percussionist, Austrian-American Lukas Ligeti. Reviewed here in today’s London Jazz News by Scottish Jazz Space (under my name, FM).

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/04/29/lukas-ligeti-that-which-has-remainedthat-which-will-emerge/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Latest News Reviews of New Releases

Graham Costello’s Strata has a really great new album out on 7th May 2021: ‘Second Lies’. Here’s Scottish Jazz Space’s review (under my name FM), out today in London Jazz News.

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/04/24/graham-costellos-strata-second-lives/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Reviews of New Releases

SJS’ review of an superb new album from Switzerland: Roberto Pianca’s Sub Rosa – Mono No Aware. As Brexit effects bite, it feels more important than ever to maintain links with our musical colleagues overseas.

Roberto Pianca Sub Rosa  –  Mono No Aware Honolulu Records, released 5 February 2021 (CD and Digital) In the present…
Read On
Posted in Jazz Reviews of New Releases

Matt Carmichael’s new album ‘Where Will The River Flow’ is due for release on 12 March 2021. Here’s a review by SJS (under my name FM), as appeared today in London Jazz News. An extremely impressive debut!! 😀

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/02/28/matt-carmichael-where-will-the-river-flow/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Reviews of New Releases

‘Nu World Trashed’ – great new album! Scottish Jazz Space (under my name FM) sometimes writes in a New York-based webzine, DooBeeDooBeeDoo. Here’s a review for London Jazz News, of DooBeeDooBeeDoo editor SoSaLa’s great new album, ‘Nu World Trashed’.

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/02/15/sosala-nu-world-trashed/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Reviews of New Releases

Venezuelan Leo Blanco is no stranger to Scotland. Here is a review by me (FM) of some of the most uplifting sounds you could ever wish to hear, in his new album ‘Stories Without Words’. As appeared today on London Jazz News webzine.

https://londonjazznews.com/2021/01/25/blanco-cardenas-stories-without-words/
Read On
Posted in Jazz Reviews of New Releases

Glaswegian Jonathan Chung’s Glasshopper has just released debut album ‘Fortune Rules’. Here is a review by SJS (under my name FM), as appeared today in DooBeeDooBeeDoo – New York webzine.

“As anyone who, at last month’s EFG London Jazz Festival experienced the thoughtful and candid, often filmic soundscapes of London-based…