Sometimes, an artist likes to make a big impression from the outset, but Angus Munro is destined to do that for every performance. His opening shot at Clark’s in Dundee last Thursday was Shooting First, the title track of his debut EP and a more cracking song to start with is hard to imagine. […]Read more "Bang! Angus Munro Live at Clark’s"
Here’s a new thing for you. Listen to music without any helpful labels or prior knowledge and tell me what you hear. The pioneering jazz marque ECM just did that to me with Lumen Drones, an album of sonic experiences that challenge, engage, subvert and sublimate. Of course the kind souls at ECM always […]Read more "The Fantastic Realm of Lumen Drones"
Electric Heartbeat – Remembering Jaco Pastorius with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: featuring Laurence Cottle, Gareth Lockrane and Marcio Doctor – Gardyne Theatre, Dundee 9.11.14 The late Jaco Pastorius is rightly remembered as a musician who re-shaped the sound of the electric bass guitar. His music brims with energy and vitality, and it remains a […]Read more "Electric Heartbeat – The SNJO Remembers Jaco Pastorius"
If there is one roots-based ensemble currently roaming the Scottish countryside that epitomizes the new musical legislature then it is Salt House. Far from breaking the rules of thumb, they are a force to be reckoned with in the establishment of fresh parameters for modern Scottish music. Playing live at Clark’s last Thursday the first […]Read more "Salt House Lay Down The Law..Gently. Live at Clark’s Dundee 30.10.14"
This is getting ridiculous. I really don’t know what we’ve done to deserve so much wonderful music coming at us from all directions, and seemingly all at once. It must have been something really good, and probably in an unrecorded past life. Flight of Time by Siobhan Miller is the latest work to soar high […]Read more "On The Wings of A Song…Siobhan Miller Takes Off On “Flight of Time”"
I was dreaming of the past the other day as I listened to John Lennon singing Jealous Guy, and I began to think the unthinkable; that I’d really rather listen to something else. Often when I feel like this, bands like Barkhouse come along with things like Wolves at the Wall and say, “hey man, […]Read more "The Descendants: Barkhouse claim their inheritance with Wolves at the Wall"
Is there such a thing as feelgood jazz? Isn’t jazz an earnest kind of music where everyone sits around deep in reverential thought while musicians arm-wrestle with their own psyche. If it is, then no one’s told the SNJO or Bob Mintzer. Last night they served up a hot dish of highly palatable modern music […]Read more "The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) directed by Tommy Smith with special guest Bob Mintzer: The Music of Yellowjackets at the Caird Hall, Dundee 27.9.14"