Articles

Daily articles carefully curated by the All About Jazz staff. Read our popular and future articles.

INTERVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz

Read "Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Bandleader, composer and educator Denys Baptiste is among the generation of musicians, many of them of Caribbean or African heritage, who pointed the way for the younger players who have emerged on the London jazz scene since around 2015. Baptiste's contemporaries include saxophonists Jason Yarde, Soweto Kinch, Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, and trumpeter Byron Wallen, and they were the first wave of British players purposefully to include their cultural heritages in the jazz they played. Unlike earlier generations of ...

PROFILE

Denys Baptiste: Making the Late Trane Accessible

Read "Denys Baptiste: Making the Late Trane Accessible" reviewed by David Burke

Even the most avowed John Coltrane disciples among us would admit to grappling with some of the albums he released in the couple of years before his death--the likes of Ascension, Sun Ship and Om. And we weren't alone. His long-time drummer, Elvin Jones, told Downbeat magazine, “At times I couldn't hear what I was doing--matter of fact, I couldn't hear what anybody was doing. All I could hear was a lot of noise." Evidently British saxophonist Denys ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denys Baptiste: The Late Trane

Read "The Late Trane" reviewed by Roger Farbey

When a church is named after a jazz musician you know there's something more than music involved here. The spirituality with which John Coltrane immersed himself as exemplified by A Love Supreme, was just one of the drivers that helped make the saxophonist one of the greatest innovators of jazz. His later works were even more iconoclastic, embracing abstract themes and a conscious move towards free jazz, but still utilising time as propelled by the rhythmic powerhouse that was Elvin ...

INTERVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Jazz Missionary, Part 2-2

Read "Denys Baptiste: Jazz Missionary, Part 2-2" reviewed by Paul Olson

Part 1 | Part 2

London saxophonist Denys Baptiste made a huge splash in the U.K. when his debut 1999 CD Be Where You Are was shortlisted as a prestigious Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Jazz fans were perhaps less surprised, as Baptiste had apprenticed for years on record and in concert with the likes of tenor player Courtney Pine and bassist/Dune Records patriarch Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. I spoke with Baptiste in London about his musicial career, his ...

INTERVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Jazz Missionary, Part 1-2

Read "Denys Baptiste: Jazz Missionary, Part 1-2" reviewed by Paul Olson

Part 1 | Part 2

London saxophonist Denys Baptiste made a huge splash in the U.K. when his debut 1999 CD Be Where You Are was shortlisted as a prestigious Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Jazz fans were perhaps less surprised, as Baptiste had apprenticed for years on record and in concert with the likes of tenor player Courtney Pine and bassist/Dune Records patriarch Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. I spoke with Baptiste in London about his musicial career, his ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring!

Read "Let Freedom Ring!" reviewed by John Kelman

With jazz becoming such a broad landscape that labels are increasingly difficult to apply, it's difficult, if not impossible, to identify specific new movements like the ones that appeared in the middle decades of the 20th Century. While there have been all kinds of innovations to be sure, there hasn't been anything quite so sweeping as the emergence of bebop, free jazz, cool jazz, or fusion. Artists continue to expand many of these artificial boundaries (and more), but it's safe ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring!

Read "Let Freedom Ring!" reviewed by Paul Olson

London tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste aims for the sun and stars with his four-part, large-ensemble suite Let Freedom Ring! What is striking is just how wildly, and wonderfully, his ambitions are realized by the final product. The piece was commissioned by the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic “I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963; indeed, Dr. King is a living presence on this recording as Baptiste ...


ENGAGE

Enter our contest giveaways

Contest Giveaways

Enter our latest contest giveaways sponsored by MoonJune Records and Cellar Live.

Contest Guidelines

Reader's Poll: It's your festival. Who do you book?

Fantasy Festival Poll

It's your festival, you're in charge of booking and you have an unlimited budget. Share your lineup.

More Polls

Publisher's Desk

Rebuilding All About Jazz from the ground up. Read on.

MORE POSTS

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.