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2011/11/29

Regrettably, another site update much delayed due to circumstances beyond my control. However, slowly catching up, bit by bit. Thus, again in brief.

One review of an out of this world album. The amazing Pablo Aslan Quintet's Piazzolla In Brooklyn And The Rebirth Of Jazz Tango, was released just earlier this month. Another album simply to die for that brings the number of albums I've hopelessly fallen in love with this year to five! A kind of Take Me Dancing! The Latin Rhythms of Astor Piazola & His Quintet re-visited and done right! Aslan here gives us one of those very rare beasts - an album of Piazzolla that's better by miles than the original and manages to capture both tango and jazz. What more could one ask for?

Meanwhile, tango aficionados may also wish to catch up on last week's A World in London 21 and DJ Ritu's fab interview with Argentine tango singer extraordinaire Martin Alvarado and his fab in-studio performance if you missed it last week! You'll be able to catch the show on demand on SOAS and as a podcast on iTunes! And don't forget you can also keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more! We'll keep the AWiL flag flying here! Oh yeah!

And finally... Time is approaching fast for the Rainlore's World of Music Albums of the Year! These will be announced in January. And this year, something special is going to be happening in the World Music category! To find out what this is, you'll have to wait a little till nearer the time!

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2011/09/12

An album reviewed this time proved a delightful surprise, Oz Almog & Shantel's compilation Kosher Nostra - Jewish Gangsters' Greatest Hits, comprising tracks from a vast variety of artists - Jewish and otherwise - correlated to the 'Kosher Nostra.' The 'Kosher Nostra' here refers to the big Jewish gangsters of the US-of-A of the 1920s to 60s. The music includes a bunch of fabulous tracks from Tom Jones and Connie Francis back to Molly Picon and Abe Ellstein! The CD comes with a substantial sixty page booklet. Don't miss! This is fascinating, whether you're Jewish or not. or American or not. .

 

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2011/08/18

Alas, a much delayed update! An album review that's well overdue of Monsieur Camembert's wonderful 4th (double) album, simply self-titled Monsieur Camembert, which won them a well deserved third ARIA Award for best world music album. A kind of retrospective of mainly previously unreleased live material, it's a must have! Anything from contemporary singer-songwriter, traditional klezmer and Brahms to originals, classic rock, pop and more in that inimitable Camembert style with a goodly flavouring of Hot Club/gypsy swing.

 

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2011/07/24

'Super Sunday' - two reviews of absolute crackers! First, a theatrical review of the show of shows - 'Midnight Tango' Starring Vincent Simone And Flavia Cacace At Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on Tuesday, 19th July 2011. No kidding, this really is the theatrical event of the year! A sensational spectacle, this is dance theatre done right. And Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and their superlative supporting cast are complemented to perfection by Britain's premier tango ensemble, Tango Siempre with outstanding Argentinean (now British based) singer Guillermo Rozenthuler. Indeed, so perfect is this match that one is unthinkable without the other - a marriage made in heaven!

Sadly, the current tour sees its final week in Glasgow this week, but the show will be back when it transfers to the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End for a ten week run from 20th January 2012. Tickets can be booked via 0844 248 5140 or online and seem to be selling fast already, so book yours early!

It is also strongly to be hoped that a few tasters from Midnight Tango would be presented in BBC TV's forthcoming new season of Strictly Come Dancing. Surely the BBC's budget can easily 'stretch' to accommodate a few dancers and musicians when it can accommodate the exorbitant fees of certain presenters!

The second review is of a monster of a double album, released back in 2007 but as fresh and exciting as the day it was recorded. You cannot possibly be without Monsieur Camembert's Famous Blue Cheese - The Leonard Cohen Show, a live tribute double CD and the Cohen tribute of all Cohen tributes. Recorded during a live, cabaret style show, this album is simply glorious. If you don't like Cohen, and/or subscribe to the idea that Cohen is dark, bleak and depressing, you should also get this album - it will blow away all the myths.

 

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2011/07/18

Much delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, this site update brings with it important news about the spectacular Midnight Tango show currently touring the country (and in Westcliffe-on-Sea this week) starring stars of TV's Strictly Come Dancing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and featuring the gorgeous music of Tango Siempre with Guillermo Rozenthuler. The show has proven the theatrical event of the year and has put more than 160,000 'bums on seats' so far, as well as having been shown in a live broadcast from Bristol Hippodrome in over 130 cinemas nationwide, including practically all the major West End cinemas.

In January 2012, the show is to transfer to the West End and will be at the Aldwych Theatre (0844 248 5140) for Ten Weeks Only From 20th January 2012! Early booking seems highly advisable.

 

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2011/06/29

Today's album review is a real cracker of a live cabaret album from the Queen of cabaret herself, Ute Lemper's Blood & Feathers - Live From Café Carlyle. Dating from 2005, live cabaret just doesn't get any better than this and this is still an absolute must have album. The cabaret diva at her raucous, authentic live best!

 

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2011/06/17

Another slightly delayed site update, but here it is at last! Today's review comes from metal band Seven7 and is their long awaited, exciting second album, Under Eye. How much better could contemporary metal get? Not a lot is the short answer. Check out the review to find out what makes this album so good! And in addition to metal fans, this album should also appeal to modern guitar and general rock connoisseurs.

 

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2011/06/09

The current site update has been delayed somewhat due to unforeseen circumstances, and there was only sufficient time for reviews of two, however a-ma-zing gigs. The Japan Fundraiser Concert at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, on Monday 30th May 2011 in aid of the Japanese Red Cross and the victims of the recent catastrophic tsunami featured a simply amazing all-star line-up and was a most memorable event indeed. The line-up included the Kit Downes Trio, Gwyneth Herbert, Sarah Gillespie Quartet feat. Gilad Atzmon, Barb Jungr, Mari Wilson and Girl Talk, plus special guests. More stars in one evening than you could shake a stick at! And a satisfying amount of money was raised as well for the good cause. First prize in the raffle was two tickets to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt's boogie gig later this month at the Pizza - congrats to the lucky winner.

Then, there was the no less amazing Asaf Sirkis Trio Live at The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, on Friday 3rd June 2011, as part of The London Guitar Festival, featuring special guest guitarist the stellar Carl Orr. Any Asaf Sirkis gig is always an event, an experience. This one was made a bit extra special by Orr's - one of the real guitar greats of our time - standing in for regular guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, one of the great ascendant stars!

 

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2011/05/29

Regrettably, due to temporary computer problems which mean having to do all html-related work away from base, I'm a bit behind with the album reviews - if your album hasn't been reviewed yet, it will be as soon as circumstances permit so please be patient a little longer.

Today's album review is of the fabulous Maroon Town's Urban Myths. If old skool ska, reggae, two-tone and the like are your bag, this is definitely for you! And fans of quality dub and rap don't get short-changed either. This album is a joy, not only is it superb music but also it's free of any serious mysoginism!


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Also, there's news from Debbie Golt of Outerglobe/WOM@TT about this years City Showcase: Roots & Flutes event, which will now take place on 17th September in Mile End Park, London E14 (admission: free). Applications for selection must now be received by the new closing date of 15th July to talent AT cityshowcase.co.uk. Please see City Showcase's press release for full details.

City Showcase are looking for talented musicians of any age, solo or bands or orchestras; from steel bands to reggae or Rai, from classical ensembles to gospel choirs, from African to South American and all points across Asia and Europe including modern fusion roots.

All applicants will be entered into a public vote to select ten to perform on 17th September in front of an expert and celebrity panel at an entirely FREE event in Mile End Park. The overall winner will receive mentoring and performance slots in the Olympic year of 2012.

Entry for selection is FREE.

City Showcase has a proven track record of showcasing and helping young musicians of all genres including Jonathan Ansell, Myleene Klass, Panjabi Hit Squad, Jay Sean, Amy Dickson, O Duo, Modeste Hugues, Abdulkader Saadoun, Raghu Dixit – who have just won a Songlines Award, Camilla Kerslake, Raven Quartet, Sway, N-Dubz, Amy Winehouse, and Keane.

They now want to encourage musicians working in traditional or classical fields or who are fusing the old with the new to showcase their talents. Please note that, on this occasion, pure pop artists will not be selected.

Apply by emailing talent AT cityshowcase.co.uk with your contact details and links to your biog, pic and music saying where you saw the invitation to apply . Closing date 15th July 2011.

A last-minute reminder that an all-star Japan Fundraiser gig is taking place tomorrow, Monday 30th May, 8pm (doors open 7pm) at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho in Dean Street. ALL-STAR BENEFIT GIG: KIT DOWNES / GILAD ATZMON / SARAH GILLESPIE / BARB JUNGR / GWYNETH HERBERT / MARI WILSON (The Neasden Soul Queen herself!) PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS. Expect a riotous mix of be-bop, cabaret, lyrical folk, blues and virtuosity. Feat Enzo Zirilli (drums), Ben Bastin (bass) and Simon Wallace (piano). Tickets £20. Book here:
http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/ or call 0845 6027 017.

 

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2011/05/18

An album review this time comes in the shape of Teymour Housego's sensational debut leader album Haunting Bazaar with Yves Mesnil. World music / world beat with an Indian slant with a difference! Well, actually, that's a little unkind - you can't limit this fabulous musician and album to these genres, and apart from the Indian slant there are plenty of other notable influences and angles. This certainly is world beat - if we must call it such for convenience's sake - with a huge difference. This is music that doesn't simply rely on clever ideas and instead is deeply and sincerely inspired and very innovative and imaginative. There's a video clip on YouTube of one of the tracks from this wonderful album, Aruna - by Teymour Housego with Yves Mesnil (Niraj Chag remix).

 

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2011/04/19

Just an album review today. The album in question is the excellent The Nat Martin Band's debut album Don't Lose Your Cool. Heavily blues-based, with funk, jazz, soul, jazz-rock influences. A fantastic debut effort! And a real must have. Features lead vocal guest appearances by the fabulous Katie Leone and the equally fabulous veteran rocker Jackie Lynton. Let The Nat Martin Band go Playin' The Blues For You - you know it makes sense!

Still trying to figure out how a copy of May's Mojo freeby disc found its way here in a plain Jiffy sans return address, sans identifiable post mark. Everybody makes a mistake sometimes, but I really wasn't expecting anything else last week. It's a mystery! S** it, I give up - who was the joker then?

 

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2011/04/12

Today's album review is of the fabulous soundtrack album to Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani's equally fabulous music theatre production The Accordionist. This is one of those rare soundtrack albums that holds up well in its own right. Great Piaf repertoire interpretations, great originals. The show itself is still at the New End Theatre till Sunday 24th April 2011. Performances are Tue to Sat 7pm and Sat & Sun 3pm, tickets are £14, concessions £12. You can book online or by credit card on 0870 033 2733. The New End Theatre is at 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD, just minutes from Hampstead tube on the Northern Line. Early booking is advisable as tickets seem to be moving fast.

 

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2011/04/06

A quick interim update today to bring you a review of last night's London Premiere of Bethany Jameson And Romano Viazzani In 'The Accordionist' At The New End Theatre, Hampstead, London NW3, Tuesday 5th April, 2011. The Accordionist is a wonderful piece of music theatre, and last night was a triumph!

Written by and starring Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani, The Accordionist is at the New End Theatre till Sunday 24th April 2011. Performances are Tue to Sat 7pm and Sat & Sun 3pm, tickets are £14, concessions £12. You can book online or by credit card on 0870 033 2733. The New End Theatre is at 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD, just minutes from Hampstead tube on the Northern Line. Early booking is advisable as tickets seem to be moving fast.

A CD of the music of The Accordionist has been recorded and will be available shortly during the run of the show.

Experimental rock-jazz band Partisans are at The Hideaway on 13th April at 8pm. The Hideaway is at 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, London SW16 2ED. Partisans are Phil Robson - Guitar; Julian Siegel - Tenor and Soprano saxophones, Bass Clarinet; Thaddeus Kelly - Bass; Gene Calderazzo - Drums. One not to be missed!

 

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2011/04/03

Just a review of a fabulous private gig that didn't make it last time due to time constraints - Guillermo Rozenthuler And Martin Alvarado - Private Recital at Swiss Cottage, London NW3, Sunday 20th March 2011. Martin Alvarado is one of Argentina's leading singers and was stopping over in London for just one day, on his way to Finland and Russia for a series of performances in Astor Piazzolla's tango opera María de Buenos Aires and a series of concerts. Guillermo Rozenthuler, likewise one of Argentina's finest singers but living in London, organised this exhilarating private performance for his old friend, which was also the first time both singers performed together!

This was also the perfect occasion for Rozenthuler to bid farewell before he and the UK's foremost tango ensemble, Tango Siempre, embarked on the long Midnight Tango show's tour with stars of TV's Strictly Come Dancing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. The show premiered in Jersey last week and will continue this week in Southampton. Tickets for the nationwide tour are selling extraordinarily fast, so be sure to book yours as early as you can.

Also, Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani's The Accordionist will be starting it's London run on April 5th at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. A feast for all connoisseurs of Piaf and the chanson genre as well as of the accordion. Written and performed by outstanding singer-songwriter and writer Bethany Jameson and composer and accordion maestro Romano Viazzani, and directed by Andrew Morton, The Accordionist is a musical exploration of loss, desire, drink and dogged optimism. It features new arrangements of Piaf classics as well as new pieces by Viazzani in an entertaining, thought-provoking evening of music and theatre.

Currently scheduled to run from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 24th April 2011, with performances Tue to Sat 7pm and Sat & Sun 3pm, tickets are £14, concessions £12. You can book online or by credit card on 0870 033 2733. The New End Theatre is at 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD, just minutes from Hampstead tube on the Northern Line. Early booking is advisable as tickets seem to be moving fast.

A CD of the music has been recorded but due to production snags won't now ber available on the opening night. However, it will be available at some point during the run of the show.

The Beatles, Blues & Blue Violin Project, featuring former E.L.O. and Electric Light Orchestra Part ll and now The Orchestra members Mik Kaminski (he of the famous ELO’s Blue Violin) and Phil Bates, and The Eleanor Rigby Experience's Tina McBain, have also started their sixth UK tour, with a performance on 1st April at the Folkhouse in Bristol. Full details and dates of the tour can be found on the BBBV web site.

 

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2011/03/24

First, a reminder that Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani's The Accordionist will be starting it's London run - already extended! - on April 5th at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. A feast for all connoisseurs of Piaf and the chanson genre as well as of the accordion. Written and performed by outstanding singer-songwriter and writer Bethany Jameson and composer and accordion maestro Romano Viazzani, and directed by Andrew Morton, The Accordionist is a musical exploration of loss, desire, drink and dogged optimism. It features new arrangements of Piaf classics as well as new pieces by Viazzani in an entertaining, thought-provoking evening of music and theatre.

Currently scheduled to run from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 24th April 2011, with performances Tue to Sat 7pm and Sat & Sun 3pm, tickets are £14, concessions £12. You can book online or by credit card on 0870 033 2733. The New End Theatre is at 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD, just minutes from Hampstead tube on the Northern Line. Early booking is advisable as tickets seem to be moving fast.

A CD of the music is currently being recorded and should be ready just in time for the show's opening night at theNew End.

Reviewed today is a bass-led album from modern maestro of tango jazz Pablo Aslan, the Grammy nominated and finalist Tango Grill. And it's another of those absolute must have albums that's simply to die for. Rather than Aslan's more usual fare of tango jazz, this remains more firmly in tango territory, with improvs arising out of the players' playing without fixed arrangements, or 'on the grill' as it's called. Absolutely sensational. The tangos selected by Aslan are outstanding classics of the traditional tango (as opposed to Tango Nuevo), if sometimes lesser known ones. A beautiful exploration of Argentine tangos.

Staying with tango briefly, an unusual gig with London-based tango and Argentine folk song supremo Guillermo Rozenthuler and leading Argentine tanguero Martin Alvarado, who had just arrived from Argentina for just one day, took place last Sunday and will be reviewed here next time. Wonderful traditional Argentinean songs and originals by both singers, and the odd not too sad tango, beautifully rendered in a warm, relaxing, friendly setting - maravilloso!

In the features section today we have an exclusive interview with violinist extraordinaire and singer Lizzie Ball, whose latest wonderful album with one of her ensembles, the jazz-oriented Eclectica!, Flight Of Fancy has just been released (and which we reviewed here some time ago already). It proved a fascinating chat, in which we also talked about Ms. Ball's work with Nigel Kennedy and his Orchestra of Life, Eclectica! and her love of all types of music among lots of other topics. (This should have been up with the previous site update but due to time constraints had to wait for today.)

Also, news of jazzy singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie teaming up with Oxford's renowned Caroline Bird for a veritable poetry fest at Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA, on 31st March from 8-9.30pm. Admission is £4, and refreshments will be available. Ms. Gillespie will be reciting her own extraordinary and exquisite poetry and singing some of her songs with acoustic guitar, and onetime Oxford University Poetry Society president Ms. Bird will be presenting her own excellent poetry.

Make a date in your diary for Monday 30th May already. The unstoppable Sarah Gillespie, with Gilad Atzmon and Kit Downes, is organising a Japan fundraiser concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho. Many more top artists & special guests TBC. Should be a most memorable event! And in a good cause, too.

 

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2011/03/14

Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani's The Accordionist, which will be starting its London run on April 5th at the New End Theatre, Hampstead, has already been extended following successful runs in Poole and Exeter! Written and Performed by outstanding singer-songwriter and writer Bethany Jameson and composer and accordeon maestro Romano Viazzani, and directed by Andrew Morton, The Accordionist is a musical exploration of loss, desire, drink and dogged optimism. It features new arrangements of Piaf classics as well as new pieces by Viazzani in an entertaining, thought-provoking evening of music and theatre.

Currently scheduled to run from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 24th April 2011, with performances Tue to Sat 7pm and Sat & Sun 3pm, tickets are £14, concessions £12. You can book online or by credit card on 0870 033 2733. The New End Theatre is at 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD, just minutes from Hampstead tube on the Northern Line. Early booking is advisable as tickets seem to be moving fast.

A CD of the music is currently being recorded and should be ready just in time for the show's opening night at theNew End.

Definitely one not to be missed!

N.B. - Upload of this current site update has been delayed by one day due to unavoidable circumstances.

 

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2011/02/24

A reminder that the new music theatre show, The Accordionist, by and starring singer-songwriter, cabaret performer and playwright Bethany Jameson and accordion maestro Romano Viazzani and directed by Andrew Morton moves to Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre from 1st to 5th March before a longer London run at Hampstead's New End Theatre from 5th to 24th April. More details can be found on Bethany Jameson's web site. This show promises to be a real treat! With music mostly by maestro Viazzani himself and with some Piaf classics as well, it's bound to be an experience that you wouldn't want to miss. An album of the show's music should be available by the time the show hits London - more details as soon as they become available.

La Piaf brings us conveniently to another accordionist, Edward Jay, with chanson/cabaret singer Eve Loiseau and featuring violinist Fiona Barrow in the acclaimed UK Touring Theatre production Piaf - The Songs, a musical tribute to Edith Piaf and her songs. As well as a dramatic narrative thread, the show includes the iconic songs La vie en rose, Sous le ciel de Paris, Autumn Leaves, Padam, C’est merveilleux, Mon Dieu, L’hymne à L’amour, L’accordéoniste, Milord, and Non je ne regrette rien, all in new arrangements by Edward Jay.

Jay has also finally finished the Piaf album from the show. Previews of some of the songs as well as full details of the show can be found here. It certainly promises to be one fabulous album. More details ASAP. Meanwhile, the following dates for the Piaf - The Songs show have been announced:

Saturday 23 Apr 2011 PRESTEIGNE Mid-Border Arts, Assembly Rooms http://www.midborderarts.org.uk/events.html
Saturday 30 Apr 2011 EASTLEIGH, The Point http://www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/
Sunday 01 May 2011 EASTBOURNE Festival, Arts centre http://www.eastbourneartists.co.uk/
Friday 06 May 2011 ORMSKIRK, The Rose Theatre http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/rosetheatre
Saturday 07 May 2011 WHITEHAVEN, Rosehill Theatre http://www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk/
Wednesday 18 May 2011 EPSOM Playhouse http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/
Saturday 21 May 2011 SANDWICH, St Mary’s http://stmarys.open-sandwich.co.uk/news.htm
Thursday 26 May 2011 POCKLINGTON, Arts Centre http://www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk/
Friday 27 May 2011 BURY, The Met http://themet.biz/
Saturday 28 May 2011 NORWICH Playhouse http://www.norwichplayhouse.org.uk/
Monday 30 May 2011 NOTTINGHAM Playhouse http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/
Tuesday 31 May 2011 SALISBURY International Arts Festival http://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk/home.aspx
Thursday 02 Jun 2011 PORTSMOUTH New Theatre Royal http://www.newtheatreroyal.com/
Sunday 05 Jun 2011 COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/
Thursday 09 Jun 2011 DEVIZES Festival at Wharf Theatre http://www.devizesfestival.co.uk
Thursday 16 Jun 2011 ABERGAVENNY Borough Theatre http://www.boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk/
Friday 17 Jun 2011 BRADFORD ON AVON, West Wilts Music Centre http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/
Saturday 18 Jun 2011 PERSHORE, No.8 http://www.number8.org/
Thursday 30 Jun 2011 ASHBOURNE Festival at The Town Hall http://www.ashbournefestival.org
Wednesday 06 Jul 2011 HENLEY Festival http://www.henley-festival.co.uk
Thursday 29 Sep 2011 FALKIRK Town Hall

 

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2011/02/17

Reviewed this week is the simply jaw-dropping debut album by Israeli guitar virtuoso Yair Yona, Remember. Originally inspired by the British folk scene and Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch in particular during his student days in Britain, Yona here starts from a largely folk and blues base with good doses of ragtime and touches of country, nu-grass and bluegrass. As much of interest to 'folkies,' blues, country and 'grass aficionados as it is to general world music and guitar music connoisseurs.

Staying with guitar virtiosi, flamenco guitarist Mehran Jalili's CD release concert for his Rainlore's World of Music World Music Album of the Year 2010, Angels of Persepolis, takes place at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall in Chicago, Ill. on Wednesday, 23rd February at 9.30pm. An occasion not to be missed!

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2011/02/08

A reminder that the new music theatre show, The Accordionist, by and starring singer-songwriter, cabaret performer and playwright Bethany Jameson and accordion maestro Romano Viazzani and directed by Andrew Morton opens in Poole this Friday, 11th February, at the Lighthouse Studio. More details can be found on Bethany Jameson's web site. This show promises to be a real treat! With music mostly by maestro Viazzani himself and with some Piaf classics as well, it's bound to be an experience that you wouldn't want to miss.

After the Poole premiere, the show moves to Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre from 1st to 5th March before a longer London run at Hampstead's New End Theatre from 5th to 24th April.

Also, while we're on the topic of things 'pull-and-squeezy', bandoneonista extraordinaire Julian Rowlands has come across a great web site concerned with all things free reed and diatonic - Diatonic News, providing a great link between accordionist, bandoneonists and others nationwide.

The Beatles, Blues & Blue Violin Project, featuring former E.L.O. and Electric Light Orchestra Part ll and now The Orchestra members Mik Kaminski (he of the famous ELO’s Blue Violin) and Phil Bates, and The Eleanor Rigby Experience's Tina McBain, are about to embark on their sixth UK tour starting on 1st April at the Folkhouse in Bristol. Full Details of the tour can be found on the BBBV web site.

The Bristol gig on Friday, 1st April 2011 - Ticket price: £14 Doors: 7.30 Tickets available from Ashkeys Music.

BBBV will be exploring some new arrangements of Beatles songs, especially where the Beatles and the Blues meet. Alongside this, Mik Kaminski, Phil Bates and Tina McBain will be performing some of the classic ELO material, some great blues and material from Phil's solo repertoire. A show that no self respecting fan of The Beatles, ELO or the blues and great musicianship will want to miss. BBBV 'does exactly what it says on the tin!' You really should not miss one of these shows!

The Bristol date will be supported by a 35-piece section of Bristol Choir Ponita who have done some stunning arrangements of ELO and Beatles songs.

Other April dates include
Sat 2nd The Musician Leicester Leicestershire BBBV confirmed 0116 251 0080
Sun 3rd The Keys Huddersfield Yorks BBBV confirmed 01484 516677
Thu 7th Theatre Severn Shrewsbury Shropshire BBBV confirmed 01743 281281
Fri 8th The Guildhall Lichfield Staffordshire BBBV confirmed 01543 262223
Sat 9th The Library Theatre Solihull West Midlands BBBV confirmed 0121 704 6962
Sun 10th The Robin Bilston West Midlands BBBV with Groucutt & Haynes and Fay & Latta confirmed 01902 401211
Thu 28th The Courtyard Hereford Herefordshire BBBV confirmed 01432 340555
Fri 29th Korks Otley West Yorkshire BBBV confirmed 01943 462020
Sat 30th The Rosehill Theatre Whitehaven Cumbria BBBV confirmed 01946 692422

Have a look at the Beatles, Blues and Blue Violin web site for details and more exciting news from this exciting trio.

 

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2011/01/24

It's been and gone! The brilliant Sarah Gillespie's album launch at The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho in support of her new album with jazz giant Gilad Atzmon, In The Current Climate, took place on Thursday 20th. Although this is reviewed here, there's nothing like experiencing 'Magnificent Sarah' live for yourself! Make sure you catch the ultra high voltage performance of Sarah Gillespie and her Quartet (Sarah Gillespie, Gilad Atzmon, Ben Bastin, and Enzo Zirilli) yourself. Full details of upcoming dates can be found on Ms. Gillespie's web site. Further London dates include The 606 Club, Chelsea, on February 28th, and other highlights also include The Stables, Wavendon, in June. Gillespie is so much more than a world class singer songwriter - for a start, she is a total performance experience!

A new music theatre show, The Accordionist, by and starring singer-songwriter, cabaret performer and playwright Bethany Jameson and accordion maestro Romano Vizzani and directed by Andrew Morton opens in Poole on Friday 11th February, at the Lighthouse Studio. 'A story of desire, drink and dogged optimism,' it's about an Edith Piaf tribute singer who escapes her unhappy marriage and musical partnership with her forceful accordionist husband who has forced her to sing only Piaf songs. After years of absence from the stage and battling with achoholism she is reunited with a new, younger accordionist who has carried a torch for her for many years... The incidental music and most of the songs have been specially written by maestro Viazzani, who also arranged the Piaf songs. More details can be found on Bethany Jameson's web site.

After the Poole premiere, the show moves to Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre from 1st to 5th March before a longer London run at Hampstead's New End Theatre from 5th to 24th April.

In contrast, there's also news for metal fans. A support band for Evile's forthcoming gig at Camden Town's Underworld is being chosen by public online vote. Perhaps you'd like to lend your support, and most importantly vote, to the outstanding band Seven7 - you can vote here. Meanwhile, Seven7's new album will be out soon now, too, so expect a review soon!

 

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2011/01/17

Anglo-American singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's tour in support of her new album with jazz maestro Gilad Atzmon, In The Current Climate, is in full swing now. Be sure to catch this extraordinary esperience somewhere, anywhere! For a full list of dates, see Sarah Gillespies web site. (Rainlore's World of Music also featured a fascinating interview with Ms. Gillespie a few weeks ago, and our review of the new album was the first!)

Please note though that the official launch gig at Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club on Thursday January 20th sold out about a week in advance! Meanwhile, the album In The Current Climate is attracting excellent reviews in the mainstream press - even one in The Daily Mail! (But nobody will hold that against Sarah Gillespie, I'm sure!)

Another gig not to be missed is the Tali Atzmon Trio (Tali Atzmon, vocals, Gilad Atzmon, sax & guitar, Yaron Stavi, double bass) on Sunday January 23rd at 8pm at Hugo's, 25 Lonsdale Road, Queens Park, London NW6 6RA. For booking please phone 020 7372 1232. Hopefully, we'll see an album from the highly gifted Tali Atzmon sometime soon?

Staying with the Gilad Atzmon connection, these days best known as the fabulously talented drummer of The Orient House Ensemble, Eddie Hick is also active in a number of other bands, not necessarily strictly jazz either. One of these is the relatively new They Say Jump. Fabulous sound, a mix of reggae and Latin grooves - you've simply got to hear this band live for yourself. And you can on Monday, 31st January, at Camden Town's Proud Galleries, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH. Admission is free. Don't miss!

Outstanding blues artist and singer-songwriter Wolf Krakowski's A/V page is updated with a superb video of his performance of Yiddish song Shabes, Shabes with The Lonesome Brothers & Friends live at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. Shabes, Shabes could for all intents and purposes be regarded as the charismatic Krakowski's 'signature song' and he has in effect made it his own! A fabulous performance.

In other news, we have some fascinating accordion-related events announced by London's Royal Academy of Music.

20th January. Final of Patrons Wigmore Award, Wigmore Hall, 1.00pm. Rafal Luc (student of Owen Murray at the RAM) Free event but tickets are required from; e.goodATram.ac.uk.

23rd February. Accordion Showcase. Royal Academy of Music, 7.30 pm.

25th February. Accordion Master Class, Professor Friedrich Lips, Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow. 10.00am to 5.00 pm.

The Music of Piazzolla - Monday 14th March 7.30 pm David Josefowitz Recital Hall Tickets £7 (concessions £5) from the Academy’s Box Office This celebration of Piazzolla’s music for accordion, strings and guitar will include: Piazzolla History of the Tango; Rio Sena for accordion and violin; Escualo for accordion and violin or clarinet; Le Grand Tango for accordion and cello; Ave Maria (Tanti Anni Prima); Five Tango Sensations for accordion and string quartet

R.A.M. Club Prize Winner’s Recital Wednesday 6th April 7.30 pm David Josefowitz Recital Hall Tickets £7 (concessions £5) from the Academy’s Box Office. Amadej Herzog, accordion, Stjepan Hauser, cello. JS Bach - Fantasy and Fugue in A minor BWV561, Sofia Gubaidulina - De Profundis, Vitja Avsec - Danza Ritmica, Kusyakov - Autumnal Sceneries op 29, Jukka Tiensuu - Aufschwung op 20, Vyacheslav Semjonow - Presto from Sonata no 1, Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango, Schnittke - Suite Revis Fairy-tale.

Thanks to accordion maestro Romano Viazzani for forwarding these events.

Meanwhile, please be aware that due to long-overdue 'site maintenance' being in progress, new items may be a little slow in coming along for a while although we'll do our best. Please also note that the 2010 content of this page will be moved to the Archives section soon.

 

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2011/01/09

A rather sad start to the New Year with news of the death of singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty on 4th January. Born on 16th April, 1947 in Paisley, Sotland, to an Irish father and Scottish mother, Rafferty's career started in earnest with comedian Billy Connolly in the folk-pop group The Humblebums in 1969. Rafferty left in 1971 and his first solo album, Can I Have My Money Back, followed to critical acclaim but didn't enjoy commercial success. The following year Rafferty teamed up with Joe Egan to form the group Stealers Wheel. They had a big hit with Stuck In The Middle With You, which resurfaced in the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, but disbanded in 1975. After a hiatus of three years due to legal complications, Rafferty's second solo album, City To City, was released in 1978. It was this album that contained the track for which he is best remembered and that became probably the greatest pop anthem of the 1970s.



The single of Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street only reached No.3 on the UK and No.2 on the US charts at the time but its long term impact and success were massive, in no small part due also to its iconic alto sax riff played by Raphael Ravenscroft (not, as seems to have become the popular myth, UK radio and TV presenter Bob Holness!).

The greatest irony is that Baker Street was about Rafferty himself and his dislike of fame and his disenchantment with the music business and its 'star system,' yet it brought him more of that fame than ever. According to speculation the song also brought him a very comfortable annual income of around £80,000. Although continuing recording, Rafferty became increasingly reluctant to perform live and he never matched the success of Baker Street and the album City to City.

Following a lifelong struggle with alcoholism, Rafferty was admitted to hospital in Bournemouth with liver failure in November 2010. Gerry Rafferty died of liver failure at his home on 4th January. Our sympathy and condolences go out to his family.

Gerry Rafferty and Baker Street will never be forgotten. RIP.

Moving on to the 'hottest property' of the day and indisputably finest singer-songwriter of her generation, the totally electrifying Sarah Gillespie started her UK tour in support of her new album In The Current Climate at Brighton's Komedia last Friday. She is accompanied by jazz giant Gilad Atzmon on accordion, sax, carinet and electronics, Ben Bastin on bass and Enzo Zirilli on drums. If you haven't cought up with it yet, don't miss the exclusive interview with Sarah Gillespie we had a couple of weeks ago. For details on all the dates of her current tour please check out her web site. Although the album has been available since Friday, the official launch will take place at Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club on 20th January. Other highlights of the tour include the 606 Club in Chelsea at the end of February, and later in June The Stables in Wavenden. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss Sarah Gillespie's extraordinary performance somewhere!

From MGP Records comes news of two forthcoming exiting releases. There's blues-rock guitarist Nat Martin's Don't Loose Your Cool, which is slated for launch at the Guildford Jazz Club on 27th February. And exciting metal band Seven7 is hoping to complete recording its second album, Under Eye, by February. Definitely something to look forward to!

Guitar wizard Nicolas Meier - also of aforementioned Seven7 - is also taking part in singer Gabrielle Ducombe's new album. Gabrielle Ducombe will also be performing at the Guildford Jazz Club in June.

Hoping to get busy with some long overdue site maintenance in the coming weeks, so things may slow down a bit temporarily in terms of new material.

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2011/11/29:

Pablo Aslan Quintet :  Piazzolla In Brooklyn - And The Rebirth Of Jazz Tango (2011/11/16)

 

Reviews added 2011/09/12:

Oz Almog & Shantel :  Kosher Nostra - Jewish Gangsters' Greatest Hits (2011/09/06)

 

Reviews added 2011/08/18:

Monsieur Camembert :  Monsieur Camembert (2011/07/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/07/24:

'Midnight Tango' Starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Tuesday 19th July, 2011 (2011/07/20)

Monsieur Camembert :  Famous Blue Cheese - The Leonard Cohen Show (2011/07/21)

 

Reviews added 2011/06/29:

Ute Lemper :  Blood & Feathers - Live From Café Carlyle (2011/06/23)

 

Reviews added 2011/06/17:

Seven7 :  Under Eye (2011/06/15)

 

Reviews added 2011/06/09:

Japan Fundraiser Concert Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, Monday 30th May 2011 (2011/05/31)

Asaf Sirkis Trio :  Live At The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, Friday 3rd June 2011 (2011/06/05)

 

Reviews added 2011/05/29:

Maroon Town :  Urban Myths (2011/05/19)

 

Reviews added 2011/05/18:

Teymour Housego :  Haunting Bazaar (2011/05/09)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/19:

The Nat Martin Band :  Don't Lose Your Cool (2011/04/17)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/12:

Bethany Jameson, Romano Viazzani :  The Accordionist - Soundtrack From The UK Stage Production (2011/04/11)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/06:

Theatrical Review: Bethany Jameson And Romano Viazzani In 'The Accordionist' - London Premiere At The New End Theatre, Hampstead, London NW3, Tuesday 5th April, 2011 (2011/04/06)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/03:

Guillermo Rozenthuler And Martin Alvarado - Private Recital at Swiss Cottage, London NW3, Sunday 20th March 2011 (2011/03/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/03/24:

Pablo Aslan :  Tango Grill (2011/03/20)

 

Reviews added 2011/02/17:

Yair Yona :  Remember (2011/02/11)

 

Reviews added 2011/01/24:

Sarah Gillespie with Gilad Atzmon At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on 20th January 2011 (2011/01/21)

 

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Artists' Profiles

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Articles & Features

Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to music broadly fallin into the 'Other Music' category, i.e., music not covered elsewhere on Rainlore's World of Music. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of articles and features is also available.

Features/Articles added 2011/03/24:

The Rainlore Interview:  Lizzie Ball (2011/03/02)

 

Features/Articles added 2010/12/27:

The Rainlore Interview: Sarah Gillespie (2010/12/20)

 

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