Author: Daniel Marx

Gig Preview: Mammal Hands at the Capstone Theatre, Friday 24th February

Instrumental trio, Mammal Hands will be playing at the Capstone Theatre on Friday 24th February. The trio, comprised of Nick Smart (piano), Jesse Barrett (drums) and Jordan Smart (saxophones), came into the public eye in 2014, with the release of their debut album, Animalia, on Gondwana Records. This performance is part of a promotion tour for their excellent second record, Floa, released last year. The band are influenced by an eclectic mix of genres, such as jazz, minimalism, world and folk music, as well as dance and electronic. Mammal Hands are a dynamic group with a unique sound, don’t miss out. Tickets cost...

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The Ivo Neame Quintet Brings a Fresh Face to Modern Jazz at the Capstone Theatre

On Thursday night (20/10/16), I was lucky enough to go to see British jazz pianist, Ivo Neame with his quintet at the Capstone theatre here in Liverpool. I’ve been following Ivo Neame as a part of his other band – the jazz trio, Phronesis – for quite some time, and was excited to see his skills as a performer and composer play out on a grander musical scale. Ivo’s immensely talented quintet consists of long-time collaborator, Jim Hart, on vibraphone, Tori Freestone on tenor saxophone, Huw Williams on upright bass and Dave Hamblett on Drums. The atmosphere of the...

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A Conversation with Jazz Pianist, Ivo Neame

On Thursday the 20th of October, I had the opportunity to see the Ivo Neame Quintet play at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool. I also had the chance to speak to Ivo himself. Here’s what he had to say about his band, the state of jazz today and how that relates to young people, as well as the new big band album he’s been working on with his other band, Phronesis: You’re playing with your quintet this evening. What have you enjoyed about playing with this particular ensemble? What I enjoy particularly is the relationships I have established with...

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Bon Iver – 22, A Million | Album Review

After a dry spell of five years, ever since 2011’s Bon Iver, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon and his bandmates return with an experiment, albeit a well thought-out one, in the form of third full-length album, 22, A Million. It showcases a dramatic change in style for Bon Iver, and yet feels like less of a complete reinvention, and more like a natural progression for a band whose frontman has been making production and compositional style shifts for the last few years. The opening track, ‘22 (OVER S∞∞N)’, is immediately demonstrative of the extent to which Vernon has amped up the band’s use of electronics, samples and extra instrumentation....

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