Hermeto Pascoal, charismatic composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and musical visionary returns to the Barbican in celebration of his 75th birthday, with his intoxicating blend of jazz, rock and Brazilian music. Continue reading Hermeto Pascoal – Barbican, 20 November 2011
The label that calls itself Year Zero certainly had a bit of a year zero concept when they thought up the musical compilation of a six set history of New York’s musical melting pot; so let’s investigate how high they got on with the first edition covering 1945-59.
A special release in the Atlantic Masters series of re-issues as this is Joe Zawinul’s debut solo album from the mid 1960s – Money In The Pocket you could say.
Some stories never get to be told properly. At last ours has been.
The first recording of the ongoing collaboration between the legendary drummer and the innovative Cuban group is a testament to the success of fusion music.
In the early sixties, Albert Ayler was the figurehead of a vibrant jazz community in Cleveland. Norman Howard and Joe Phillips were disciples and these ‘lost tape’ sessions finally get the full ESP-disk release that should have happened back in 1968
Hectic chats with living legend Eddie Henderson about Miles, medicine and the Messengers
Shuddering strings set the tone in the album’s opener ‘Ache’ — which enchants and steadily pounds the album into life, comparable to a bleak fairytale with beauty emerging through darkness like within a Miles Davis solo
Arnie Somogyi had just finished playing with his band Ambulance when he confided to me, “there’s some weird stuff on the CD”. Can this be true of a group that gets “Pick of the Week” in the Guardian Review and a residency at the Snape Maltings?
Putumayo bring huge doses of sassy seasonal cheer to the world from New Orleans
The Idan Raichel Project is unlike anything you have ever heard before and in some ways like everything you have ever heard before — but at once. It is the story of the Diaspora, of the modern day and of the ages in sound
When things are painfully simple and from the heart, they can still sound like the most complex of machinery. But open your mind to the true ethos of emotive music and the spirit of what the jazz scene has stood for, and you’ll realise that the message is from the soul and true.