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catchy melodies with great rhythmic hooks...blown away

Jazz Views - Nick Lea

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Jazz Views - Nick Lea

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The loss of the minutest detail would be a flaw

Jazz Journal - Nigel Jarrett

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jazz Journal - Nigel Jarrett

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an eclectic range of jazz styles...musically adventurous

London Jazz News - Graham Spry

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London Jazz News - Graham Spry

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easeful interplay...an album of gentle strengths and spiritual uplift

Jazzwise - Andy Robson

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Jazzwise - Andy Robson

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Joyous...

an alluring landscape that transcends

Roger Beaujolais -

Fairground Attraction

Al Swainger’s latest Pointless Beauty offering is such a mix of styles, textures & grooves that it’s hard to pigeonhole. Not that that should matter of course. The use of electric instruments gives it a fusion/prog rock feel in places but essentially it’s for people who listen to music with an open mind. There are great compositions, beautiful melodies, some lovely playing & a joyous feel throughout. Al has created an alluring soundscape that transcends its influences.

Music for the soul... pure, perfect and exquisite

Find No Enemy - Kartik Sundar

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Find No Enemy - Kartik Sundar

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Cinematographic soundscapes... an unforgettable soundblender!

Roadie Music -  Alessandro Iglesias

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Roadie Music - Alessandro Iglesias

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Pure instrumental sorcery

Illustrate Magazine - Maxime Cronenberg

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Illustrate Magazine - M. Cronenberg

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A merry go round of fusion and thought provoking ambience

Big Beautiful Noise - Lee Henderson

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Big Beautiful Noise - Lee Henderson

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Musically ambitious, adventurous and imaginative...played with style and panache

Theo Travis -

Soft Machine

A musically ambitious, adventurous and imaginative album that is jazz based but brings in elements of electronic, ambient, fusion, experimental and other musics. It features some particularly notable trumpet and flugelhorn playing by Gary Alesbrook and guitar playing by Ant Law. I particularly enjoyed the cinematic ambient tracks Pause to Breathe and Hour of the Wolf, but the more jazz fusion tracks are played with style and panache. The leader Al Swainger oversees the album with a tight focus that is as impressive as his bass playing, composing and production. An excellent set.

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