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The idiosyncratic, near-legendary, experimental indie conglomeration Deerhoof have worked quickly to get this album out in support of Black Lives Matter (to whom the profits go). The album consists of previously unissued live material including five tracks with avant-garde trumpeter and political activist Wadada Leo Smith, recorded at New York City’s Winter Jazzfest at Le […]

Having recently heard the exquisite and inventive piano playing of Danilo Blaiotta on guitarist Andrea Gomellini’s release “The Gift”, I was intrigued to discover how the Italian pianist transferred his skills to the traditional trio format. Inspired by, above all, Keith Jarrett along with music from the French 1900s, “Departures” doesn’t disappoint. Despite his prodigious […]

In the late 1960s, Roger Payne found the music in whale song. He became convinced that if people could only experience the profound beauty of the whale, they just might work to protect them. He recognized that people needed to have an emotional connection to the animal, to see them as a part of themselves. […]

Spanish label, 2 Headed Deer, who describe themselves as ‘jazz-infused’, have recently released Onde Di Sabbia (Waves of Sand) by Italian free jazz collective oAxAcA. I’m guessing this is pronounced like the Mexican city of Oaxaca. The band consist of Ivan Gross (percussion and noise) Diego Viada (trumpet) Tato Filipazzi (bass) Alberto Dutto (guitars) Mattia […]

Over the last 50 years, ECM has had a long tradition of releasing solo piano recordings, Keith Jarrett being the most obvious. It’s nice to see a new name coming to the fore; French pianist Benjamin Moussay. I was extremely impressed with his contribution on last year’s Louis Sclavis release “Characters on a wall”, and […]

Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola has deservedly earned a formidable reputation over recent years as one of Europe’s most creative and innovative musicians in jazz. With a series of highly successful and praised albums behind him, this is his fourth release on Edition Records and continues to showcase what a refreshing talent he undoubtedly is. Featuring […]

Setting this set to play is like opening a box from the attic and finding a long-forgotten gem. By turns this is lively and life-affirming music, historical document and a memento to treasure of a tipping point in South African and British jazz. I had the utter life-changing pleasure of hearing Dudu Pukwana in the […]

‘The Piccolo – TENDER plays TUBBY’ marks the brand new EP by the ever-versatile Tenderlonious, delivered through Jazz Detective Records. As the founder of 22a Records, saxophonist and flautist Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne has established his reputation as a leading flag-waver for progressive and forward-thinking jazz. The strong theme of collaboration has always been prevalent throughout […]

“Spiritual Jazz saxophonist, Nat Birchall, ditches loyal band members, steals daughter’s drumkit and unleashes a solo synth spectacular!” Read all about it here, on UKVibe! Sun Ra loved a synthesiser; he was a Minimoog pioneer, the synth was an essential vocal vehicle on his celestial voyages. Nat Birchall? Not such a big fan (of synths, […]

I have recently been listening to the majestic album by Shirley Horn ‘Here’s to Life’ from 2005. This features strings and a wonderful collection of standard tunes, well known to jazz lovers. String arrangements on that album were supplied by Johnny Mandel. To my mind, that album has become a contemporary classic and that’s how […]


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