Just Jazz Magazine - December 2012

Reviewed by Pete Lay

This Scottish band was formed in January this year, drawing on professional and amateur musicians in and around the Edinburgh area.  They all have a strong playing tradition in the Edinburgh/Scottish jazz scene from the 1950s onwards.

They play a mix of Traditional jazz that will please those who are at home with the New Orleans-style, or the Chicago of the 1940s.


The Scotsman - November 2012

Reviewed by Jim Gilchrist

It isn't every day I receive a press release about a new traditional jazz recording partly written in Scots, but that’s what arrived with a copy of the New Phoenix Jazz Band’s recent album.

You have to understand that the New Phoenix band, which undertakes to capture the energy and spirit of early 20th-century jazz without succumbing to slavish recreation, was founded by bassist Jerry Forde, whose father, Iain WD Forde, the outfit’s drummer, has been about the Scottish jazz scene since the late 1950s, and is also a ground-breaking writer in Scots, having published a pioneering contemporary novel in uncompromising Scots prose, The Paix Machine, back in 1996.