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Ola Onabule: Point Less

Read "Point Less" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has a rich baritone voice and a commanding presence. He's a soul singer above all, but also draws on pop, world music and jazz. Despite its title, opener “Throwaway Notion" is a catchy tune with a Pan-African groove, and very dark lyrics about the current race to the bottom in politics all ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective

Read "Huw Warren: Global Music from a Local Perspective" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Welsh pianist and composer, Huw Warren, has been an important voice on the British jazz scene for many years. With a seemingly endless appetite for music, Warren has both been delving into Brazilian music with singer Maria Pia de Vito and played ethereal folk-inspired jazz music with another singer, June Tabor, in the trio Quercus. He ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Multiple Venues
Ottawa, Canada
June 21-June 26, 2018

For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges.

First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lars Danielsson: Liberetto II

Read "Liberetto II" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Secondo album, con identico titolo, del quartetto del contrabbassista e violoncellista svedese, fortemente caratterizzato dalla presenza del talentuoso pianista Tigran Hamasyan, ma che si allarga a quintetto grazie a vari ospiti, il più incisivo dei quali (anche perché presente in più tracce) è Mathias Eick (nel precedente lavoro il suo posto era occupato da Arve Henriksen). ...

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Spin Marvel: Infolding

Read "Infolding" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Spin Marvel is all about shaping sounds. Ambient landscapes, minimalistic tides, atmospherics, trance-inducing passages, and electro-acoustic marriages are all part of the package when this group gets going.

When drummer Martin France put Spin Marvel together and orchestrated the creation of its eponymous debut, the band was presented as a quartet with trippy ...

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Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

Read "Songs for Quintet" reviewed by Robert Bush

Recorded less than a year before his death, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler's swan song is a document that sings with smoldering beauty and palpable heartache--all captured in the typically sublime detail that has become the trademark of the ECM label.

Wheeler concentrates on flugelhorn throughout, and his long-time association with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann ...

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Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

Read "Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet" reviewed by John Kelman

With the passing of Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler--Kenny Wheeler to his legion of friends and fans--the world lost yet another significant figure in the history of jazz from the mid-'60s through to the second decade of the new millennium, the artist that Norma Winstone (more often than not his singer of choice) called “the Duke Ellington ...

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Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet

Read "Songs for Quintet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In the end, time--as is its wont--caught up with Kenny Wheeler, the much-loved Canadian-born trumpeter/flugelhornist and composer who made England his home for over sixty years. Happily, he was able to hear the results of the two-day Abbey Road sessions that produced, Songs for Quintet before he passed away last September 18. These Wheeler originals reveal ...

Jazz Vocals July - Stacy Kent, Patrice Jegou, and Vanessa Perea

Read "Jazz Vocals July - Stacy Kent, Patrice Jegou, and Vanessa Perea" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey



Stacy Kent
The Changing Lights
Warner Bros. Records
2013

Stacey Kent has had an impressive musical run: Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, 2007, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award), Raconte- moi... (Blue Note, 2010), Dreamer In Concert (Blue Note, 2011) ...

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Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

Read "The Changing Lights" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent's voice operates at the intersection of knowingness and innocence. She delivers every song with finesse, balancing a sense of wide-eyed wonderment with soft-handed confidence. Perhaps that's why she's been able to build such an enormous fan base since starting her singing career and showing up on listener's radars near the turn of the century. ...