Reviews 2018-03-19T14:12:14+00:00

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‘This Scottish band was formed in 2012, drawing on professional and amateur musicians in and around the Edinburgh area. They all have a strong tradition in the Edinburgh/Scottish jazz scene from the 1950s onwards. They play a mixture of traditional jazz that will please those that are at home with the New Orleans-style or the Chicago of the 1940s…more’

Reviewed by Peter Lay


‘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. ou 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 W D 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…more’

Reviewed by Jim Gilchrist