kev rowland

Kev Rowland
Forum Newbie · VIP Member
Registered more than 2 years ago · Last visit 23 days ago

Favorite Jazz Artists

All Reviews/Ratings

79 reviews/ratings
MAHOGANY FROG - Senna Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MORAINE - Manifest Density Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MORAINE - Metamorphic Rock Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MARBIN - Last Chapter of Dreaming Fusion | review permalink
DEWA BUDJANA - Dawai in Paradise World Fusion | review permalink
KBB - Four Corner's Sky Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
THE AVENGERS - On a Mission Fusion | review permalink
DIALETO - The Last Tribe Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
I KNOW YOU WELL MISS CLARA - Chapter One Fusion | review permalink
DEWA BUDJANA - Joged Kahyangan Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
DEWA BUDJANA - Surya Namaskar Fusion | review permalink
SUSAN CLYNES - Life Is... Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
OLIVER LAKE - Oliver Lake Featuring FLUX Quartet ‎: Right Up On Third Stream | review permalink
MIRIODOR - Cobra Fakir Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ - No Answer Fusion | review permalink
MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS - Plays Hendrix Fusion | review permalink
ED PALERMO - The Adventures Of Zodd Zundgren Progressive Big Band | review permalink
MARK WINGFIELD - Lighthouse Fusion | review permalink
SLIVOVITZ - Liver Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
DWIKI DHARMAWAN - Rumah Batu World Fusion | review permalink
XAVI REIJA - The Sound Of The Earth Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
YAGULL - Yuna Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Hidden Details Fusion | review permalink
LIGRO - Dictionary 2 Fusion | review permalink
ALBARE - The Road Ahead Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ - Live At Home Fusion | review permalink
MARK WINGFIELD - Tales From The Dreaming City Fusion | review permalink
SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND - Tres Cabecas Loucuras Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - Hard Hat Area Fusion | review permalink
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - None Too Soon Fusion | review permalink
MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS - As Real as Thinking Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
DENNIS REA - Views from Chicheng Precipice World Fusion | review permalink
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - Blues for Tony (with Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman) Fusion | review permalink
MARBIN - Breaking The Cycle Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY - Live Adventures Fusion | review permalink
TOHPATI - Tohpati Ethnomission: Save The Planet World Fusion | review permalink
ROB MAZUREK - Skull Sessions Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY - Burden Of Proof Fusion | review permalink
COLOSSEUM/COLOSSEUM II - Live Cologne 1994 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SIMAK DIALOG - The 6th Story World Fusion | review permalink
ARCHIE SHEPP - Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra Live: I Hear the Sound Progressive Big Band | review permalink
JOHN BROWN - Quiet Time Hard Bop | review permalink
LENNY SENDERSKY - Desert Flower Latin Jazz | review permalink
MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS - Inti Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
XAVI REIJA - Resolution Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
TOHPATI - Mata Hati World Fusion | review permalink
MARK WINGFIELD - Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis : The Stone House Fusion | review permalink
ED PALERMO - The Great Un​-​American Songbook: Volumes I & II Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET - Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues Swing | review permalink
SIMAK DIALOG - Trance/ Mission World Fusion | review permalink
SIMAK DIALOG - Patahan World Fusion | review permalink
SIMAK DIALOG - Live at Orion World Fusion | review permalink
DWIKI DHARMAWAN - So Far So Close Fusion | review permalink
DWIKI DHARMAWAN - Pasar Klewer World Fusion | review permalink
GREG LEWIS - Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite 21st Century Modern | review permalink
MIRIODOR - Signal 9 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MICHAEL RABINOWITZ - Uncharted Waters Hard Bop | review permalink
DIALETO - Bartók In Rock Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
STEVE SLAGLE - Dedication Hard Bop | review permalink
SLIVOVITZ - All You Can Eat Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
DOMINIQUE VANTOMME - Vegir Fusion | review permalink
MARK WINGFIELD - Proof of Light Fusion | review permalink
YAGULL - Films Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
YAGULL - Kai Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
RACHEL CASWELL - We’re All in The Dance Vocal Jazz | review permalink
PHILLIP JOHNSTON - The Adventures of Prince Achmed Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
PHILLIP JOHNSTON - Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators : Diggin' Bones Fusion | review permalink
DOUBT - Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
PABLO ZIEGLER - Pablo Ziegler Trio : Jazz Tango Latin Jazz
LARRY NEWCOMB - Larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli : Living Tribute Swing | review permalink
URBANITY - Urban Soul Jazz Related RnB | review permalink
IGNACIO BERROA - Straight Ahead From Havana Latin Jazz
KAOLL - Odd Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KAOLL - Sob Os Olhos De Eva Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ROGER DAVIDSON - Oração Para Amanhã (Prayer For Tomorrow) Latin Jazz | review permalink
JULIAN GERSTIN - The Old City World Fusion | review permalink
KEN WILEY - Cuerno Exotica Latin Jazz
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie Third Stream | review permalink
DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ - Am I Walking Wrong? Jazz Related Rock | review permalink

Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Fusion 21 4.45
2 Jazz Related Rock 15 4.27
3 World Fusion 11 4.14
4 Eclectic Fusion 6 4.17
5 Latin Jazz 5 3.60
6 Hard Bop 3 4.00
7 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 3 4.33
8 Avant-Garde Jazz 2 3.75
9 Post-Fusion Contemporary 2 4.75
10 Progressive Big Band 2 4.50
11 Swing 2 3.75
12 Third Stream 2 3.75
13 Vocal Jazz 1 4.00
14 21st Century Modern 1 4.00
15 Jazz Related Soundtracks 1 4.00
16 Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1 5.00
17 Jazz Related RnB 1 3.50

Latest Albums Reviews

PHILLIP JOHNSTON Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators : Diggin' Bones

Album · 2018 · Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
At the same time as releasing Johnston’s soundtrack album, Asynchronous are also releasing the debut album by Johnston with his band The Coolerators, a band he formed after moving to Australia in 2005. On this album he provides both soprano and alto saxophone, and he has been joined by Alister Spence (organ), Lloyd Swanton (bass) with Nick Cecire (drums). Here we have a band showing that when it comes to playing jazz and blues there is often an overlap, here brought together with a huge amount of swing and funk. Swanton and Cecire do their best to provide a structure for the other two to work on, and then stay out the way while also displaying their own wonderful musical ability. Cecire is the more flamboyant of the two, with an impressive work rate on different areas of the kit, but Swanton keeps it all tied down and doesn’t let the band get too out of control.

Given the way Johnston and Spence combine together, or against one another, mixing in multiple influences and styles that is indeed no mean task. The title song sounds influenced by South America, India, Morocco and the Middle East but somehow all comes together and makes sense as Spence allows Johnston to take a far more prominent role. Two albums released at the same time, but two very different styles indeed, and it is hard to say which one is better, so best say instead that they are both indeed well worth investigating.

PHILLIP JOHNSTON The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Album · 2018 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Johnston has long been pursuing his own brand of avant garde jazz, but this is the first time I have come across him outside of his band The Microscopic Septet (whose 2017 Cuneiform album ‘Been Up So Long’ is simply superb). A few years ago I was fortunate enough to attend a special showing of ‘Suspiria’ where Goblin performed the soundtrack live in front of the audience, and this album is a similar construct, in that it contains the music Johnston composed as a soundtrack for ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, a 1926 silent silhouette animation that is a landmark in cinema history – the world’s first feature-length animated film. To breathe Reiniger’s silhouettes to life, Johnston composed a continuous score of 65 minutes of music to be performed live with the film by a quartet of soprano sax, trombone, and two keyboards, against a pre-recorded track of samples, loops and live drums. For this recording, the music is performed by Johnston (soprano saxophone) with Australian musicians James Greening (trombone), Alister Spence (organ, keyboards), Casey Golden (organ, keyboards), and Nic Cecire (drums), and broken by the composer into twelve individual tracks.

This is a complex album, one that needs close attention paid to it as the musicians embrace themes which may or may not be repeated, going off in tangents to the original, with trombone often playing a heavy bass part to contrast against the sax. The keyboards and drums are often in the background, with the brass taking centre stage. It is an album the definitely requires repeated listening, as the first time I felt there were certain passages and sections which were passing me by, all of which made far more sense the more time I allowed myself with the album. Well worth investigating, I just hope that Johnston will feel fit at some point to pop over the ditch from Australia and have some performances of this with the film here in New Zealand, as it would be well worth attending.

JULIAN GERSTIN The Old City

Album · 2018 · World Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
This is the follow-up to ‘The One Who Makes You Happy’, which I reviewed some time ago, and contains the same core line-up of clarinetist Anna Patton, Don Anderson on trumpet and flugelhorn, pianist Eugene Uman, bassist Wes Brown and drummer Ben James, her joined by trombonist John Wheeler, flautist Carl Clements and tenor saxophonist Jon Weeks added to the group. In addition, “Leander’s Waltz” and “The Deaf Singer” have two guest artists apiece. There aren’t many percussionists or drummers who have led bands, no matter what musical style, yet here we have Julian Gerstin, who plays the tanbou bèlè drum of Martinique, along with congas, tupan and percussion, and writes all the music.

In the digipak he explains the different styles employed within the album, from rondo, mazouk, blues, Columnbian cumbia and others. This is music which feels Caribbean in many ways due to the use of percussion, which allows a joyful feel to sit within. The brass and woodwind are controlled, sometimes screaming but at others in perfect harmony, while the additional instrumentation being employed adds additional finesse. To my ears this is an incredibly solid effort, and although not quite as vibrant as his last outing is still well worth hearing.

SOFT MACHINE Hidden Details

Album · 2018 · Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
There can be few British bands that can say that they have had as much impact on music as the mighty Softs, and here a mere 37 years after their last studio album they are back with a new one. Originally formed in 1966, with their debut album in 1968, they have continued to be at the cutting edge of fusion and have had some incredible musicians pass through their ranks. The band officially disbanded in 1978, then reformed briefly in 1981 and then 1984 before returning as Soft Ware in 1999, which in turn became Soft Works, before morphing into Soft Machine Legacy in 2004, and then at the end of 2015 they decided to drop the word “Legacy”. But given that guitarist John Etheridge, bassist Roy Babbington and drummer John Marshall were all in the same line-up(s) in the Seventies, they have a more than valid claim to the name. The only member of the band who wasn’t involved back then is Theo Travis, who provides sax, flute and Fender Rhodes. But, he joined Soft Machine Legacy as long ago as 2006, when he replaced Elton Dean after he had passed away.

Anyone who admits to enjoying Canterbury progressive rock or fusion will have multiple Soft Machine albums in their collection, and this one fits right in. John Etheridge is an incredible guitarist, and it takes someone very special indeed to step into the shoes of Allan Holdsworth, not once but twice. He is lyrical, dramatic, restrained yet over the top, simple yet complex, allowing the music to take him where it will. Every musician is an absolute master of his craft, and they push the envelope in so many ways. Jazz, prog, fusion, call it whatever you like but this is intricately crafted music that is both awe inspiring yet inviting, eclectic yet so very easy to get inside of, and the more time spent with it the greater the rewards. Some of these guys are nearly 80 years old now, yet show no sign at all of slowing down. This is an essential purchase.

RACHEL CASWELL We’re All in The Dance

Album · 2018 · Vocal Jazz
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
As soon as this album starts, with a delicate and moving rendition of Sting’s “Fragile” (from his 1987 album ‘…Nothing Like The Sun’), one knows that this is going to be something quite special indeed. Rachel is a classic jazz singer, with a voice that is velvet and powerful, as happy providing scat as she is just rolling around the lyrics. Guitarist Dave Stryker has provided all the arrangements and also produced the album, and he has kept her voice very much to the fore and often takes a back seat himself so that Rachel is often just accompanied by drum, bass and piano. Rachel’s sister, violinist Sara Caswell, also adds her talent to proceedings but only on three songs.

Recorded in just one day in May, this really has the feeling of a jazz singer in total control at all times, bringing in a warmth and dexterity with her voice that is a total delight throughout. Jazz singing rarely gets any better than this, and one can imagine her in a New York club holding the audience in the palm of her hand. The title song, originally by Feist, is taken away from the original and moved into something that is a soft jazz classic. This is a truly wonderful album, one which shows off Rachel’s voice and talents, and is a delight from start to end.

Latest Forum Topic Posts

Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Polyphony Fusion
JASPER BLOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Highest Act of Love Jazz Related RnB
NORMAN BROWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
For Centennial Reasons : 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk
JOHN PIZZARELLI
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Artist Post Bop
JEREMY PELT
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Free
NORMAN BROWN
js· 3 hours ago
Feito
JEREMY PELT
js· 3 hours ago
Teaser - In the end of the night - OBT
ODDGEIR BERG TRIO
js· 17 hours ago
Jazz Fever
QUINTETTO LO GRECO
js· 21 hours ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us