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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe

Read "Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Abdullah Ibrahim's cosmology informs his art. While some might look upon him as an overseer at the crossroads between new and old, the tempered pianist stands as a sage, painting swirling rhythms that resemble the spheres of the universe with his compositions. He continues to combine ancient wisdom with the tones of the future; formation and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tessa Souter at Pizza Express in London's Soho

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Tessa Souter
Pizza Express Soho
London
June 23, 2018

In a once seedy part of London, also home to the UK film industry, lies the heart of the capital's jazz scene. Iconic Ronnie Scott's is off Soho Square in Frith Street while on a corner of nearby Dean ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Read "Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" reviewed by David Burke

Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman.

“I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion in Bergheim

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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion
Medio.Rhein.Erft
Bergheim, Germany
November 27, 2015

Ginger Baker looked a bit stiff in his casual shades, but he sure as hell got the job done with unique style. He had people clapping and yelling their approval by around the two-minute mark and from then onward. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

34 ° Tampere Jazz Happening

Read "34 ° Tampere Jazz Happening" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Tampere Jazz Happening 2015
Tampere (Finlandia) 29.10- 01.11.2015

Il Tampere Jazz Happening si conferma come un festival di grande vitalità, tra i migliori in Europa. Un'edizione, questa 34^, ancora una volta senza confini geografici né musicali, all'insegna della combinazione tra musica jazz e parola parlata.

I cinquemila spettatori paganti ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 2

Read "Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 2" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival
Bijloke
Gent, Belgium
July 15-18, 2015

Part 1 | Part 2

The second half of the festival began with another themed day, heavy on the European female singer front. In fact, this was just the beginning of a definite tipping towards that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ginger Baker: Why?

Read "Why?" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

The most pleasant surprises on Ginger Baker's first mainstream release in almost a decade are subtle. That term may not be generally applied to the 74 year-old bohemian beat master, but restraint has been an unheralded constant in Baker's wide-ranging career nonetheless.

The relatively conservative approach goes against Baker's ongoing typecasting as a crazed ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

The 2014 British Jazz Awards: The Results

The Winners of the 28th British Jazz Awards are announced today across the 12 solo instrument categories, two sections for bands and two trade awards to record companies. Known as the Jazz Oscars, The British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987 and have long been established as the most important jazz awards in this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at Yoshi's

Read "Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at Yoshi's" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion
Yoshis
Oakland , CA
June 15, 2014

Dedicated. Stubborn. Outspoken. Perspicacious. These are some of the descriptions which come to mind when considering the personality and legacy of legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Baker first came to prominence as a member of the rock power ...