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Dave Gelly

Come Rain or Come Shine review Georgia Mancio and Nigel Price beguile

(Roomspin) To improvise on the melody of a song while leaving its lyric unaltered is a difficult and delicate process, but Georgia Mancio brings it off with such grace that she almost makes it sound easy. Her cool, expressive voice finds a perfect foil

Songs to the North Sky review Tim Garland's jazz-classical fusion

No one walks the borderland between jazz and classical music more sure-footedly than Tim Garland.

Three for All review a chorus of plangent seven-string guitars

(Chesky) Here are three brilliant acoustic guitarists. If you have difficulty telling who's playing what, that's not surprising. Bucky (born 1926) taught the other two, his son John Pizzarelli (1960) and Ed Laub (1952). And they all play seven-string guit

View From the Inside review JC Sanford creates something unique and quite unignorable

(Whirlwind) Many young jazz composers today find that the old "big band" format has worn so threadbare that they can do nothing with it. As a result, we occasionally get something new like this often perplexing, but exciting and quite unignorable. Sanfor

No Evil review Sue McCreeth's first all-standards album is an intimate affair

Until now, she has mainly recorded her own songs, but one couldn't help noticing that, whenever Sue McCreeth chose something else, it would be Herbie Hancock or maybe Wayne Shorter.

Miles at the Fillmore review Miles Davis at his most chaotic

Even the prickly Miles Davis was forced to concede that the huge success of his early-70s albums was the result of his collaboration with producer Teo Macero.

Ivan Lins: Cornucopia - review

(Moosicus) Hugely popular in his native Brazil, Ivan Lins can write charming songs of such harmonic subtlety that some have hailed him as the successor to Antonio Carlos Jobim. But he can also overdo the sentiment embarrassingly. This set with the SWR

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