Ubuntu Music is a relatively new record label, which in its short life has already built a diverse and enviable roster of artists from widely differing creative backgrounds. The label was established by businessman Martin Hummel and renowned trumpeter Quentin Collins. During 2019 together they issued no less than 29 releases and achieved six ‘Album […]

In an era where jazz that doesn’t necessarily ‘push the boundaries’ is sometimes easily overlooked, it’s strangely refreshing to listen to an ‘old-school’ jazz record that’s straight-ahead, no-nonsense, and performed with such an understated skill. The aptly titled “Quietly There”, the latest release from Seattle born saxophonist Allison Neale, evokes the spirit of Paul Desmond, […]

‘Somethin’ Comes Along’ is the new double-disc album from the improv jazz outfit, Bright Dog Red, who can now boast their third album as part of Ropeadope Records. Founded by drummer, Joe Pignato – a one-time student of the revered multi-instrumentalist, Yusef Lateef, and now a State University Professor in his own right – the […]

Here we have the third in a series of live albums from Helsinki based label We Jazz. Each release showcases three of the label’s artists, this one with live performances captured at the island of Lonna, just outside Helsinki in July 2019. As is becoming apparent with these releases, the label isn’t afraid to mix […]

Occasionally an album comes along that sums up what is great about jazz and simply sparkles with a zest for life. Pianist Zen Zadravec’s “Human Revolution” is one such album. Born in Canada, the 46-year-old jazz pianist, saxophonist and composer is something of a musical chameleon. Whether it’s jazz, R&B, funk, rock or pop, he […]

‘Quartena’ is a solo lockdown album from the very prolific Tenderlonious, the London based musician, producer, DJ and record label owner and bandleader for the excellent Ruby Rushton. Like many during the pandemic, creativity has been one of the few pluses, with numerous Tenderlonious releases during 2020 and with this project moving slightly away from […]

I’d like to share with you a little story. When I was a fresh-faced 17 year old, (yes, it was a long time ago), trying to find my way into the world of music as a budding singer-songwriter, I managed to get a decent support spot at one of the UK’s most popular folk and […]

Saxophonist Otis Sandsjö releases his new album ‘Y-OTIS 2’ through Helsinki’s revered We Jazz record label. And the fact that ‘Y-OTIS 2’ marks only the second solo album for the Swedish, but now Berlin-based, musician seems somewhat surprising when you consider how many bands and projects that Sandsjö has been a part of as an […]

Dave Stryker is certainly a musician deserving of wider recognition. In my opinion, his is amongst the best contemporary jazz guitarists currently active. Alongside this he is also an accomplished composer and educator. Over the years he has worked with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and more. He has 30 CDs as a leader under his […]

I love Rymden. So, unpredictably, I’m going to top and tail this review saying just how much I love Rymden. They enthral me with an easy rapport-building blend of power, wisdom, impish playfulness, prog earnestness, mind-bending musicianship and an improbably acute insight into the human condition. I’m sure they’d make great therapists (Gestalt); the sort […]

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