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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Album review: Dinosaur - To The Earth.

The latest Dinosaur album To The Earth is the third album that Laura Jurd has made with her Dinosaur group. The band have played together for over 10 years and the cohesiveness of the unit is clearly evident throughout. 

Within this collective structure all the individual members still find a way to shine. 

Unlike previous Dinosaur releases this is a mainly acoustic offering with very little electronic wizardry. The majority of the tracks are fairly subtle and low key. 


Apart from a Billy Strayhorn number, Absinthe, the other 6 pieces are written by Jurd although the final piece, For One, is credited to the entire band. 

The influence of Miles Davis on Jurd can be clearly be heard on the opening title track and also the final piece. Middle Eastern and Slavonic themes are evident throughout but particularly in Banning Street Blues. The highlight of the album for me was a piano/percussion duet between Galvin and Dick on Mosking  a tune which was inspired by Norwegian piano trio Moskus.  Bass player Chaplin is a wonder throughout hooking the listener  into every single number.

This really is  a fine and satisfying recording maybe short on pyrotechnics but definitely long on style and substance.
Steve H.

Available now (CD/vinyl/digital) on Edition Records - listen here.

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