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Gnawa and other North African musical styles flavour “Nayda!”, the debut of Moroccan-French group, Bab L’ Bluz. It’s the product of a meeting in Marrakech of lead vocalist Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin. Brice plays the guembri, a three stringed instrument frequently played in Gnawa music and Yousra plays awicha, a smaller version of the […]

This recording from Finnish duo Freelektron dates from a 2016 performance at Tenho Restobar Helsinki. The duo are drummer Ilmari Heikinheimo and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor. Heikinheimo plays acoustic and electric drums, percussion and triggers while Tenor plays sax, flute, microKorg and even photophone! The vinyl version of the album is released in a limited edition […]

Oiro Pena is Pentti Oironen’s, aka Antti Vauhkonen, solo, looped and overdubbed, spiritual jazz funbag. Or should I say it was? Since the last EP, Oiro Pena (a nickname bestowed upon Antti by drummer Aleksi Tanhuala) is no longer a solitary pursuit. It is growing into a small family unit with Keijo Koskenharju on bass/guitar/percussion […]

JAF Trio is a promising young Finnish-Danish band featuring saxophonist Adele Sauros, bassist Joonas Tuuri and drummer Frederik Emil Bülow. After a string of lauded live performances over the past couple of years (the band was awarded the “We Jazz Rising Star” accolade at We Jazz Festival in 2017), the trio felt ready to hit […]

Performing the music of bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist John Scofield teams up with his friend and long-time collaborator Swallow, and drummer Bill Stewart, on this ‘old-school’ style trio recording, made in one afternoon in New York City in March 2019. Scofield was a 20-year-old student at Berklee when he first met and played with bassist […]

These four Finnish pioneers fill a lot of space on Hypnosis, which for me was unexpected. I had assumed something more abstracted, minimal and cold, but there is a closer collaborative warmth, and conversational interplay, which keeps the record away from pretension and being exclusive. Featuring sax, trumpet, double bass and percussion, the palette is […]

‘Symphonie Pacifique’ is the new album from UK jazz pianist Greg Foat released through Strut Records. Through many of my UK Vibe reviews, I’ve quite often observed in awe the ability of various artists to create in a variety of different styles and contexts, and I’ve marvelled at their prolific nature with being able to […]

“Ateneum 2019” is a live recording that has been released as part of Helsinki label We Jazz’s ongoing series documenting their artists’ live performances. Recorded at the historic Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki during Spring 2019, this compilation brings together three acts on the label’s roster: Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen, OK:KO and Alder Ego, […]

Perhaps I’m too young, cynical or jaded to enjoy psychedelic rock generally. The more contained freneticism of Roky Erickson is about as much as I can stomach, usually. There is a generational disconnect that perhaps I cannot ford, especially with the seeming never-ending fetishizing of the subculture. From Ken Kesey to the modern cliché of […]

‘From The Concrete’ is the new project from Miami-based producer, beat maker and DJ, Gee-O. From his first release – aptly entitled ‘First’ and released back in 2006 – Giovanni Ocasio delivered the first of what would become an extended series of releases over the course of the next fourteen years. While ‘First’ presented a […]

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