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One of the cool things about entering the blogsphere is exploring some of the other great sites out there…In no particular order, these are a few of my favourites.

Do the Math  – Ethan Iverson’s blog is varied, informed and always interesting.Whether he is analysing his favourite players, disecting jazz education or commenting on much wider issues (such as institutional racism or 9/11) he’s always worth reading. His interview with Keith Jarrett here is probably the best ever, a great mix of insightful questions, and Jarrett’s obvious respect for the interviewer.

Kit Downes’ Kit Rambling is equally interesting. One of the younger stars of the UK jazz scene,  blessed with a rare musical intelligence, and a wise head on those young shoulders!

Howard Mandels’ Jazz beyond Jazz has a great mixand variety of current US jazz (from straight ahead to free/experimental) and On an Overgrown Path is a classical music blog that also covers some jazz and improvised music.There’s a review of my dowland improvisations here.

if you are interested in animation or film music – check out Jazz Animated – fascinatining!

A couple of different US blogs Fred Kaplan’s Stereophile and NEC’s Tanya Kalmanovitch ………

Finally two of my students at RWCMD in Cardiff- showing their viewpoint from a current jazz students perspective. The Aimless Rambler and Alex Haines

Some more to come soon. Please send me your suggestions too!

gigs gigs

Calendar over the next few weeks includes….

November 18th – Kyffin, Bangor, North Wales 8pm with saxophonist Garry Bywater

November 20th – Seiat Jazz at Galeri Caernarfon,North Wales 1pm

Duo with Neil Yates (trumpet)

November 25th – Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival,Malaysia

with Greg Lyons (saxophone) Dudley Phillips (bass) and Nic France (drums)

And a tour of the Far east in December with fantastic Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito including performances in:

Jakarta,Indonseia (6th)

Hanoi,Vietnam (9th)

Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam (11th)

Hong Kong, China (13th)

some new things

Just uploaded a new track (never) Let me Go, from a solo gig at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen last August. Recorded on a humble upright piano, but was part of a really fascinating artist in residence project organised by ACES (Aberdeen Centre for Enviromental Sustainability) and funded by creative Scotland. I seem to have been involved in a lot of cross genre music collaborations, but very cool not only to work with artists from other fields (in this case sculptor Helen Dennerly, writer Esther Woolfson and visual artists Dalziel + Scullion) but also collaborate and debate with scientists (mainly ecologists, conservationists and social scientists). This piece came directly out a conversation with  Mark Reed and uses some mathematical devices in the compositional framework. Haven’t done that since about 1997 (:)) but was quite pleased that the resulting piece dosen’t sound too formulaic.You can probably hear the arch structure. There’s also a you tube clip of the same performance filmed by Greg Byatt (without the audio being mastered) if any one’s interested.