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Dave Gelly

Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic: Silk Road - review

(Act) With most contemporary European offshoots of jazz it's impossible to tell where composition leaves off and improvisation begins. That's certainly the case with this duo of an Austrian accordionist and Croatian cellist . The instruments blend so

Joe Lovano: Cross Culture - review

(Blue Note) You really have to put aside all expectation of finding familiar paths to follow when listening to Joe Lovano 's music nowadays. Like most of his recent work, these 11 pieces are open and discursive in form, with a kind of generic world musi

Enrico Tomasso: Al Dente - review

(Woodville) You've probably heard trumpeter Enrico ("Rico") Tomasso already, without knowing it. Like many top jazz musicians, he often turns up on soundtracks and albums, most recently Bryan Ferry's The Jazz Age . This is his belated solo debut, and

Nat King Cole and Quincy Jones: Live in Zurich 1960 - review

(TCB) In 1960, 27-year-old Quincy Jones and his 18-piece all-star jazz orchestra were stranded in Europe when a show they were accompanying failed. A last-minute tour with Nat King Cole rescued them. This marvellous concert, recorded by Swiss radio and

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969 - review

(Columbia/Legacy) Four complete concerts, one on DVD, in a must-have package. Miles devotees call this quintet - with Chick Corea on keyboard, Wayne Shorter on sax, Jack DeJohnette on drums and British bassist Dave Holland - the "lost band" because it ne

Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project - review

(Nonesuch) The orchestrion is a mechanical orchestra, dating back to the early 19th century, which Metheny has reinvented for the digital age. From his guitar, he controls a vast assemblage of musical odds and ends, from pianos to rows of tuned bottl

Ron Carter: San Sebastian - review

(In & Out) Consisting as it does of pianist Mulgrew Miller, guitarist Russell Malone and Carter himself on bass, Ron Carter 's Golden Striker Trio might be described as a supergroup, although the label doesn't quite fit its slightly introspective brand

Keith Jarrett: Hymns /Spheres - review

(ECM) Along with his epic piano improvisations, which amount almost to a new and unclassifiable genre of music, in 1976 Jarrett recorded some similar works on the 18th-century organ at the Benedictine abbey of Ottobeuren, Bavaria. This is the first time

Wycliffe Gordon: Dreams of New Orleans - review

(Chesky) Venerable New Orleans favourites such as Panama and Tiger Rag have been played so much over the years, often indifferently, that you might think they'd been done to death. Well, here comes trombonist Wycliffe Gordon , for many years right-hand