Charlie Haden gets some sophisticated ladies to join in with his Quartet West project where they excel in lush, romantic arrangements of music from Hollywood’s golden era; and they are in London Town this weekend!
Continue reading Charlie Haden Quartet West feat. Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, René Fleming, Ruth Cameron – Sophisticated Ladies
As much as the mention of Futuristica’s Jazz Chronicle’s session in the Guardian’s Guide on Saturday as their ‘Pick of the Week’ was appreciated, they missed out that Manchester’s finest Matthew Halsall was a special guest DJ!
Continue reading Matthew Halsall – Spiritual Surfing at 60MPC 03/02/11
Siggi Loch’s ACT label has a wealth of talented young piano players on their roster and here’s another who happens to be British!
Continue reading Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
With most of the UK covering in snow, what better week to launch a book dedicated to the cover art of Bossa Nova albums released in Brazil in the 1960s?
Continue reading Gilles Peterson/Stuart Baker – Bossa Nova
The multi-award winning saxophonist from Birmingham proves once again that he’s the Courtney Pine of his generation with the new album, The New Emancipation.
Continue reading Soweto Kinch – The New Emancipation
This band’s debut album last year left me a little lost for words so could they do the same with the “difficult second album” with its celestial body?
Continue reading The Soundcarriers – Celeste
Day 3: Waking up to a beautiful sunny Sunday morning with Big Chill Radio playing Dudley Perkins’ ‘Flowers’ and a full day ahead of awesome music listening pleasure, I almost felt as excited as a teenager – would it last?
Continue reading Big Chill Festival 2010 – Sunday 08.08.10
So if you can imagine giving jazz legend a 70th birthday party and got a load of his favourite International music stars to join in on ten of his favourite songs, The Imagine Project would be such a star studded present!
Continue reading Herbie Hancock – The Imagine Project
Does Peterson ever stop? Clearly not as he’s recently returned from Cuba recording a new album with Danay plus this new release on his own Brownswood Recordings label with a launch party in London and Roberto Fonseca live with the New Cuba Sound at the Barbican on the 6th July – phew!
Continue reading Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Remixed
Dexter Gordon’s American Classic is as cool as the cover and now re-mastered, it’s better than ever.
Continue reading Dexter Gordon – American Classic
Not only have the jazzheads been after the new album by Empirical for some time, when it does arrive there’s the bonus of having it produced by Jason Yarde and featuring Special Guest Julian Siegel, what more can you want?
Continue reading Empirical – Out ‘n’ In
Here’s one of the premier jazz pianists is an unusually setting of a trio on an album with a load of cover versions (and a daft title) but this is not old news.
Continue reading Vijay Iyer Trio – Historicity
Viagem 2 is the next in a series of DJ compiled albums celebrating 50 years of Bossa Nova (circa 1962-1970) selected by Blue Note & Schema recording artist and all round man of cool, Nicola Conte.
Continue reading V/A – Nicola Conte Presents Viagem 2
Yeah, Disco is big again. Not the old Disco but the nu-Disco and Future Disco is your guide to better sounding disco than ever before.
Continue reading V/A – Future Disco – A Guide To 21st Century Disco
Jazz&Milk have a big reputation for funky breaks ‘n’ jazz that’s digs deep into dusty treasures, no wonder Dusty Keep It Raw
Continue reading Dusty – Keep It Raw