Featuring jazz cult-figure Evan Parker; Soweto Kinch’s tribute to the genius of Jamaican jazz alchemist Joe Harriott; Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra’s celebration of Steve Williamson and a tribute to John Dankworth and the Big Band
As part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations with MasterCard, the GREAT BRITISH JAZZ mini-series of four concerts is a celebration of some key moments in the evolution of jazz in the UK and the musical movers and shakers that have defined British jazz over the past six decades, since the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Continue reading Great British Jazz: Six Decades of Tributes, Stories and Impro at Southbank Centre- 19-26 July 2011
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
Billy Jenkins’ new CD I Am A Man From Lewisham got a hot reception when Jenkins was recently introduced by Libby Purves as a “Blues man from Lewisham whose latest and most significant gigs have been humanist funerals”!!! Is it enough to wake the dead?
Continue reading Billy Jenkins – I Am A Man From Lewisham
The new album by Rory Simmons’ Fringe Magnetic is big band leftfield jazz at its best and no doubt the highlight of the forthcoming Loop Collective Festival at the Vortex.
Continue reading Fringe Magnetic – Empty Spaces
Veteran German pianist Joachim K?ºhn is not the first free-jazz artist to look to North Africa for inspiration — sax legend Archie Shepp recorded with Algerian and Tuareg musicians at the Pan African Festival — but to find such an electric collaboration between two such distinct musical worlds is exciting
Continue reading Joachim Kuhn/Majid Bekkas/Ramon Lopez – Out of the Desert
Fat Freddy’s Drop reached lofty heights with their award-winning, platinum selling, 2005 album Based On A True Story. Every New Zealander it seemed bought the CD, played to death and then brought it abroad with them
Continue reading Fat Freddy’s Drop – Live at the Matterhorn
Byard has started his career in the mid 60s working with Sun Ra and McCoy Tyner but reached his funky peak with this album on the obscure Palm label, so it’s with great anticipation we find Kindred Spirits are reissuing it this week.
Continue reading Byard Lancaster – Funny Funky Rib Crib
With that uncanny timing of things, whilst the Roundhouse host a night of with the SOIL & “Pimp” Sessions, The Rough Guide guys decide to go back to a time before Death Jazz!
Continue reading V/A – The Rough Guide To The Music Of Japan
Joshua Redman emerged in 1992 with great acclaim for his self-titled album. Like a beacon of hope, Redman offered a vibrant and engaging jazz, which was many miles way away from the stuffiness that the genre can be guilty of. This was jazz to listen to, fall in love with (and to) and importantly (and something which is often lost in jazz) the sheer, simple ability to whistle a tune in the morning
Continue reading Joshua Redman- Back East
When the launch party is at the Ethnographic Museum, you know this isn’t your usual album
Continue reading Lars Frediksson – Ting Qiu: Listening To Autumn
“Michael Garrick’s music is a masterly synthesis of head and heart. It possesses sufficient freedom in the general structure to allow spur-of-the-moment extensions.”
Continue reading Michael Garrick Big Band – London Jazz Festival 2006 (Live Review)
Kwanza is a celebration of “all things African and African-American”.
Continue reading Archie Shepp – Kwanza
Time to take a punt on some leftfield folk conceptualism
Continue reading Jonquil – Sunny Casinos
Our Man on the Coast, Maxwell Chandler takes another look at Eric Dolphy’s masterpiece Out to Lunch to coincide with its reissue — but not before plotting the musical landscape from bop to the new thing
Continue reading Eric Dolphy – The New King, Already Dead
This is an overlooked gem from 1973, recorded at the Townhall, New York City a couple of days before Christmas. Sun Ra’s mind was on his ‘Space is the Place’ film and like an avant-garde film of that time, the music is restless, shifting and all over the space
Continue reading Sun Ra – Concert for the Comet Kohoutek