ALL THAT YOU HAVE IS YOUR SOUL

The most profound musical experience I have ever had is easy for me to remember, and not at all difficult to explain. It’s going to sound a bit pretentious but, in one single moment, I felt I understood why music, and song in particular, is such an important expression of the human soul. It wasn’t […]

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GRID MADE MORTAL

James P. McNamara has been around the block. He’s a Kansas City native whose urban poetry goes much deeper than simply re-iterating disaffected graffiti scrawled across his hometown. He digs down into the fabric of the built environment and comes out with a brightly descriptive narrative of man the animal in a zoo of his […]

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Sean Taylor’s Message of Love

Sean Taylor is an artist who can always be trusted to speak candidly. On his new album The Only Good Addiction is Love his latest songs are beautifully informed by inspirational poets, painters and writers. Nevertheless, the observations he makes are uniquely his own, and he remains (as ever) reliably truthful. This is the seventh […]

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Generation Jazz: Fat-Suit and Friends at The Gardyne Theatre 20.3.15

A week is a long time to be lost for words, but it’s taken seven days to recover my wits after yet another outstanding performance from the jazzilicious Fat Suit. The fourteen-piece funk driven, jazz-informed and roots-minded ensemble have signally nailed down contemporary thinking on musical eclecticism, but they’ve also advanced in leaps and bounds […]

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A Gentle Punch – The Tom Gordon Count Basie Septet Live at Hospitalfield 31.1.15

It’s another night at Hospitalfield Jazz and another capacity crowd for an evening of the most visceral music ever made. This time it’s drummer Tom Gordon testifying on behalf of Count Basie with a seven-piece band punching big band classics well above it’s modest weight in numbers. As usual, there is a full house, warm […]

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