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Olive Branch or Pat Nip?

Read "Olive Branch or Pat Nip?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

After the “politicapocalypse" (Mike's coinage--ask him) of the previous episode, the boys decide to gently transition away from that minefield by looking at two artists more obliquely engaged with political discourse and two artists more or less removed from it entirely (by temperament and timing). To soothe Pat's scalded nerves, Mike brings a couple “cool" cats to the party, though by the end he agrees that one of them just might have been satirizing a certain mid-sixties obsession with Latin ...

INTERVIEW

Yazz Ahmed: The Inclusive Saboteuse

Read "Yazz Ahmed: The Inclusive Saboteuse" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Pretty much from the beginning of her career, trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed has been intent on sabotaging the walls and fences that divide the jazz world, championing an inclusive vision in which Arabic traditions blend seamlessly with loops and electronics, and rock and pop can offer jazz plenty of inspiration. Two years after the success of the album that brought her under the limelight, La Saboteuse (Naim, 2017), her latest release, Polyhymnia (Naim/Ropeadope, 2019), confirms her ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Yazz Ahmed: Polyhymnia

Read "Polyhymnia" reviewed by Chris May

The British-Bahraini trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Yazz Ahmed went clear in 2017 with La Saboteuse (Naim). The album is an otherworldly mix of jazz, electronics and Arabic folk music which carries traces of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) and Jon Hassell's Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume 2 (E.G., 1981), all wrapped in a modern sensibility. With it, Ahmed outstripped Ibrahim Maalouf as the high priest of psychedelic Arabic jazz.

LIVE REVIEW

NYOS Jazz Orchestra Featuring Yazz Ahmed @ The MAC

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NYOS Jazz Orchestra Featuring Yazz Ahmed The MAC jny:Belfast, N. Ireland July 22 , 2019 It was a pretty decent crowd for a Monday night. An older crowd, drawn to big-band jazz. Few, it seemed, were Belfast jazz gig regulars, at least, not the usual suspects who pitch up to watch the likes of Sons of Kemet, Instant Composers Pool or Get The Blessing. But if any in the audience expected the National Youth ...

LIVE REVIEW

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019

Read "Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival Bristol, UK March 22-24, 2019 Pee Wee Ellis is an alternative spelling of 'funk' for many people, but on the last night of Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, we got a reminder of his roots deep in jazz. In the full to capacity St. George's in Bristol, a one-time chapel now converted to a concert hall, Ellis delivered a set of the choicest standards with a flawless band and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse

Read "La Saboteuse" reviewed by Chris May

If Miles Davis was alive today and in the studio recording Bitches Brew, the results might, just might, resemble parts of London-based Yazz Ahmed's La Saboteuse. Other approximate reference points are, during the more reflective moments, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno's Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume 2 and Davis's In A Silent Way. But Ahmed's album is no knock-off of any of those discs--there are lengthy passages on which it does not sound remotely like either one of ...


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