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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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe

Read "Fred Hersch Trio: Live in Europe" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

For the past few years, pianist Fred Hersch has been releasing CDs with a regularity that would make them feel routine if the music wasn't always so good. This new one is another live effort featuring his long standing trio with John Hebert and Eric McPherson, this time recorded in Brussels. As usual, it's excellent.

Fred Hersch Trio: Live In Europe

Read "Live In Europe" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fred Hersch's 2009 recording, Whirl (Palmetto Records), was where pure magic first occurred in the pianist's extensive and consistently superb discography. That particular outing introduced his now long-standing trio with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson. Alive At the Vanguard (2012), Floating (2014), and Sunday Night At The Vanguard (2016) by the group followed, all ...

Kristjan Randalu: Absence

Read "Absence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a gathering, rubato flurry, Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu, a Chick Corea-inspired student of the late, virtuosic and highly lyrical British pianist John Taylor and his mischievous compatriot Django Bates, begins “Forecast" in whirling descent, before the quiet storm of guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Marku Ounaskari take the weather out to sea, where Randalu threatens ...

Pablo Held Trio: Investigations

Read "Investigations" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The complex title perfectly characterises Pablo Held's compositional approach. Here he utilises light and shade to mix swathes of tranquillity with petulant stabbing phrases accompanied by equally sharp drum retorts. However, and this is crucial, the piece flows together seamlessly.

The lissome nature of “Dr Freeds" betrays an influence of Bill Evans but the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)

Read "2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Happy New Year! In the first 2018 episode of Mondo Jazz we look back at some of the great releases of 2017 and look forward to the Winter Jazz Festival, which every January brings the New York jazz year into full gear, with previews of some of the international artists featured in its program.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Henry Lowther: can't believe, won't believe

Read "can't believe, won't believe" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

If any jazz ensemble can be said to define the word “prolific" it's not Henry Lowther's Still Waters. The band's debut album, ID, appeared in 1997. can't believe, won't believe is its second release, just 21 years later. Good things, as they say, come to those that wait.

Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Lowther has ...

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Obsessions Octet: Steppin' Up

Read "Steppin' Up" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Kent Sangster and his wife Joanna Ciapka-Sangster founded the Obsessions Octet in 2005, they brought together three strands of music: classical, tango and jazz. The Octet is divided right down the middle between the classical and jazz segments. Here it takes eight to tango and together they delve into that form of music. The classical ...

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McCandless, Taylor, Balducci, Rabbia: Evansiana

Read "Evansiana" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Questo disco nasce nel 2014, pensato per dare seguito al precedente lavoro del quartetto messo assieme da Pierluigi Balducci, Blue for Heaven, ma la scelta del contenuto (e quindi del titolo) è dovuta da un lato -come scrive Balducci nelle note -al fatto che i «quattro musicisti forse non vedevano l'ora di poter suonare Bill Evans», ...