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(2008 - 2009 Archived Jazz Page)


This is the Jazz section of Rainlore's World of Music, covering all types of jazz and related music, from trad to contemporary and everything in between.

In order to secure its future as an ongoing project, and indeed resume regular activity such as new reviews, Rainlore's World of Music urgently needs to raise substantial funds through some kind of sponsorship or similar. (Please also see The Future of Rainlore's World of Music on the About page, and the News entry for 2008/11/09 on the Home page.)

It has regrettably become impossible to keep Rainlore's World of Music going on a purely spare-time basis. The amount of work involved is simply too overwhelming. At the rate that for example CDs kept arriving for review and gigs were covered during 2004, there was enough work to keep two people busy on a full-time basis!

Of course, I wish to preserve the non-commercial and not for profit nature of Rainlore's World of Music, but without some kind of sponsorship the site simply cannot continue in any meaningful active way. Despite not having had any updates for about four years until its re-launch in October 2008, Rainlore's World of Music remains a popular site. The reviews and artists' profiles have always achieved excellent visibility in search results, and have also been referenced widely. There are also many new features I would like to add to Rainlore's World of Music, such as a Gig calendar to replace the old one and a Features section that should have been added during 2004 already, plus more. Sadly, without some form of sponsorship none of this will be possible and the site will at some point soon become purely archival.

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At last caught up with doing a review of Asaf Sirkis And The Inner Noise's 2007 release, The Song Within. Another fine, outstanding album from one of the true all-time greats not only of the traps but also of, very broadly, fusion / crossover / 'Third Stream'. I say 'very broadly' advisedly, as Sirkis is not only a genre-bender par excellence but utterly genre-defying. And there's a fab sample track from the album to accompany the review.

Also, there are updated profiles for Asaf Sirkis, Gilad Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, and Koby Israelite.


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A literary review of a book of exceptional interest to any true lover of jazz sadly got delayed for almost a year due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances. However, better late than never, and so here at last is the review of Chris Searle's Forward Groove - Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon. Seale's work is a riveting and highly eclectic survey of a large number of jazz recordings from between 1923 and 2008 that puts the music into its social and political context, and does a superb job of it too. Compulsive reading for any true jazz aficionado!


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Due for release anytime just about now, we have a review of jazz flute titan Mark Weinstein's latest album, Tales from the Earth, a collaboration with Cuban mallet and piano wiz Omar Sosa. If Free Jazz hasn't been your bag until now, this album could well change your mind. This is free jazz done right. Completely free of any preconceptions, the music is nonetheless wonderfully coherent. I've been waiting for this one for some considerable time, ever since back in 2004 Weinstein mentioned going to Berlin to record an album with Jimi Hendrix-successor Jean-Paul Bourelly, Omar Sosa, and some African musicians including balafon virtuoso Aly Keita. The story of how the recording came about is an interesting one in itself and is included in the review.


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Courtesy of a friend's computer, I'm able to squeeze in three album reviews that should long have been up. Three momentous releases these. Hardly surprising since all three come from the legendary Gilad Atzmon. First, there is his historic release from March this year, In Loving Memory Of America, popularly aka Gilad Atzmon With Strings. Although following in the footsteps of Charlie Parker With Strings, this is no simple tribute album. Like the latter, In Loving Memory Of America is however simply some of the most beautiful music ever recorded and has received more superlative critical acclaim than any other jazz album in decades.

Then, we catch up with Atzmon's two preceding releases, long overdue. Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's Refuge was released in 2007, and you'll find it a very different kind of OHE album than previous ones. However, this should hardly surprise, one really ought to be used to Atzmon continuously re-inventing himself. Much the same could be said about 2006's Gilad Atzmon Presents Artie Fishel And The Promised Band, Atzmon's most misunderstood work yet. Here, Atzmon practically invents a whole new genre (if you need such labels) - that of comedy jazz. He takes an American Jewish traditional form, that of comedy klezmer, which peaked with Mickey Katz in the 1950s (and which may ring a bell with Don Byron aficionados, from his tribute album, Don Byron Plays The Music Of Mickey Katz), as his starting point and reference. It's a work of comic and satirical genius, though it apparently largely fell on humour-impaired ears.

No change in the situation here, alas. I'd love to devote a lot of time to this site, even all my time, but sadly the realities of my financial situation make this impossible at least for the time being. Substantial sponsorship of some kind certainly would help change things, but until such time it is unlikely that I will be able to work further on the site.


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Any final 'catch up' update will, I regret, likely be some considerable time in coming. I don't have the loan of a computer anymore, no computer at all for some time most likely and certainly no regular internet access, no assets left, and my financial situation is critical. So certainly in the absence of some kind of sponsorship, this may be good bye for some time.


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No reviews this time, but rather, it's time to celebrate a landmark event in the history of jazz. That's right, Dave Brubeck's then revolutionary album Time Out celebrates its 50th birthday. Its unfamiliar time signatures changed the up till then pretty rigid 4/4 world of jazz forever and helped pave the way for free jazz. Now 88, Dave Brubeck is set to perform the album live later this year. Wouldn't I just love to be there! Good luck, Dave, and have a grand time.

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Another solitary new album review, this time from the world of World jazz. Daphna Sadeh And The Voyagers have been the most exciting band on the world jazz/morld music scene since hitting the scene in 2003, continually evolving and growing. Their recently released Reconciliation is the latest stage in this ongoing evolution,with an exciting new sound.

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One album review for today, plus some exciting new, for now experimental, features.

Not only the premier drummer of the age, Asaf Sirkis is also the most phenomenal contemporary exponent of jazz fusion. It is his Asaf Sirkis Trio's recent release The Monk that furnishes today's solitary album review. Yet again, Sirkis has completely re-invented himself. You can listen to a fabulous sample track, Stoned Bird, from this gripping album on the review page, where you can also watch a short video clip from the launch date.

To complete the new experimental features, there's also a complete A/V page featuring a variety of videos of Asaf Sirkis, with his Asaf Sirkis Trio, Asaf Sirkis and The Inner Noise, as well as various other bands that he regularly plays with. The page also features players playing short clips from all his more recent albums as leader.

A/V pages have also been added for that first legend of 21st century jazz, the one and only Gilad Atzmon (and of course Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble), and veteran jazz giant Mark Weinstein. Further, a superb sample track has been added to each of his three most recent album reviews, the fabulous Con Alma, Straight No Chaser, and Lua E Sol.

Of course, internet (speak, generally, YouTube) video is rarely of great quality and even the sound can be less than good sometimes, but that said we have some really excellent examples here as well.

Please bear in mind that for now these new features remain experimental and could be withdrawn at any time.

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The penultimate of the 'ketchup' updates of reviews at last, from the period 2004-2005! There are two gig reviews this time.

From 2004, there is the fabulous Daphna Sadeh And The Voyagers with Special Guest George Youssef Samaan with a programme titled Different Points on the Same Line: A Musical Dialogue at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, 28th November 2004. This is not illustrated this time due to health issues at the time, which also accounted for this having been a very last-minute arrangement.

And from 2005 and the super-heavyweight league of jazz, we have the incomparable first legend of jazz of the 21st century, Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble at thePizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, on 10th March 2005. This is fully illustrated, but the images are highly compressed and do show more artifacting than usual. This is on two counts. One, web space is shrinking fast now on Rainlore's World of Music, and two, it might just help reduce the increasing problem of copyright infringement and bandwidth theft.

Still on the subject of photographs, a new web site of the work of photographer Richard A. Sharma is in progress and currently features a very special offer of fine art photographic prints at very special prices.

Next time, we should have a few newer reviews and also a new AV feature with videos and audio from selected artists.

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Just minor updates to a couple of profiles today. The superlative Daphna Sadeh and The Voyagers, who keep going from strength to strength, have seen a fair few changes in personnel, as well as another recent album release, this time on the prestigious New York based Tzadik label. And there's Voyager Stewart Curtis, also leader of his own Stewart Curtis' K-Groove Quartet, likewise going from one triumph to another, and of late attracting not only public but critical and peer acclaim. However, dyslexia seems to rule, and you might find a fair lot of more recent press references to Stuart Curtis and Stuart Curtis' K-Groove Quartet!

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Just one review added this time, a brand new album review, and of what an album! It's legendary jazz giant Mark Weinstein's latest sensational release, Lua e Sol, out since 14th October. A spectacular album of Brazilian jazz, the review should have been up much sooner had my first review copy not been swallowed up by the great void in the postal systems. Mark Weinstein is jazz flute and Brazilian jazz as you have never heard before. If you liked the late great and dear Herbie Mann's excursions into Brazilian music, you will go completely nuts over Mark Weinstein's latest Brazilian album Lua e Sol.

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Two new reviews this time, ahead of catching up on porting over any further older ones - they were just too irresistable. The legendary giant of the jazz flute and Afro-Cuban jazz, Mark Weinstein, provides both of these. We have his chart-topping 2007 straight-ahead Latin jazz sensation, Con Alma, and from earlier this year Weinstein's equally sensational return to straight-ahead jazz with Straight No Chaser. Both definitely not to be missed. With this, we are actually at last right up to date on Weinstein's albums since 1996! His latest about to be released album, Lua E Sol, will follow ASAP. Mark Weinstein has also started his own blog which provides fascinating insights into his recordings and more, and is definitely not to be missed either.

The next update (Lua E Sol excepted) may be longer in the making as it will include at least one or two gig reviews from 2004, whose photographs still await editing. This is a fairly time consuming process.

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"Updates" that are included at present are just a few of the album and gig reviews as well as artists' profiles that should have gone up during 2004/5. They are listed here in purely alphabetical order, not in order of date. Please note that many of these may be later than other reviews still outstanding, this is on account of them having been prioritised at the time.

The rest will follow ASAP, though no timeframe can be given at this time.

However, we will do our best, especially as even after about four years without updates, the site has remained surprisingly popular and busy.

Reviews include two truly momentous releases from 2005, jazz flute legend Mark Weinstein's revolutionary Algo Mas, a kind of Cuban Roots for the 21st century and so much more besides, and 21st century jazz legend Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble's Musik. Then there is Mark Weinstein's equally momentous 2006 album, O Nosso Amor. Plus a whole bunch of Mark Weinstein's earlier albums.

"New" and/or updated profiles include two of the greatest names in the history of modern jazz, the incomparable legendary father of modern Afro-Cuban jazz Mark Weinstein, and the first jazz legend of the 21st century "Atz" Gilad Atzmon. The two most spiritual artists since Trane in one go! Plus there's drumming giant Asaf Sirkis, multi-woodwind ace Stewart Curtis, and the incredible Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers.

More soon.

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Reviews are one of the major features of this site. Generally, reviews feature CD albums, but they will by no means be limited to CD releases. Previews and live performances, and even the odd demo, will also be covered as and when opportunities present themselves. Also, reviews are not necessarily of the latest releases only, rather, I aim to generally cover the best of what's around and that will often include reviews of older releases. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music, which includes reviews of music from other genres, for example Jewish music, steel pan music, classical, in fact just about anything, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2009/12/03:

Asaf Sirkis And The Inner Noise :  The Song Within (2009/11/08)


Reviews added 2009/10/18:

Lit. Review:
Chris Searle :  Forward Groove - Jazz and the Real World from Louis Armstrong to Gilad Atzmon (2009/10/15)


Reviews added 2009/10/01:

Mark Weinstein :  Tales From The Earth (2009/09/30)


Reviews added 2009/07/26:

Gilad Atzmon :  In Loving Memory Of America (2009/07/23)

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble :  Refuge (2009/07/23)

Gilad Atzmon Presents :  Artie Fishel And The Promised Band (2009/07/22)


Reviews added 2009/06/14:

Daphna Sadeh And The Voyagers :  Reconciliation (2009/06/11)


Reviews added 2009/06/07:

Asaf Sirkis Trio :  The Monk (2009/05/31)

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Reviews added 2009/06/04:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10th March 2005 (2005/03/14)

Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers with George Youssef Samaan - Different Points on the Same Line: A Musical Dialogue, Purcell Room, 28th November 2004 (2004/11/30)


Reviews added 2008/11/09:

Weinstein, Mark :  Lua e Sol (2008/11/09)


Reviews added 2008/10/21:

Weinstein, Mark :  Con Alma (2008/10/16)

Weinstein, Mark :  Straight No Chaser (2008/10/17)


"Latest" old new reviews added as of 2008/10:

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble - Musik

Lit. Review - Gilad Atzmon - My One And Only Love

Albert Beger Quartet - This Life

Phil Robson - Impish

Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers - Purcell Room 250304

Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise - The Crypt, 110604

Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise - We Are Falling

Mark Weinstein - Algo Mas

Mark Weinstein & Cuban Roots - Cuban Roots Revisited

Mark Weinstein - Jazz World Trios

Mark Weinstein - Milling Time

Mark Weinstein - O Nosso Amor

Mark Weinstein - Seasoning

Mark Weinstein - Three Deuces


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Artists' Profiles

Another major feature, the artists' profiles consist of brief profiles, complete with discographies, contact/booking and other useful information, for artists whose work has been reviewed on Rainlore's World of Music, or that have been given a special feature or profile.

Profiles updated 2009/12/03:

Atzmon, Gilad

Atzmon, Gilad, And The Orient House Ensemble

Israelite, Koby

Sirkis, Asaf


"Latest" old new profiles and updated profiles added as of 2008/10:

Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

Stewart Curtis

Daphna Sadeh

Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers

Asaf Sirkis

Mark Weinstein


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Articles & Features

An index of both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to jazz. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content.


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