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Ronin Arkestra: Sonkei

Read "Sonkei" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Dopo aver ascoltato First Meeting l'EP della Ronin Arkestra registrato nel 2017 ci si aspettava un album di debutto che confermasse la qualità del collettivo nipponico, e così è stato. Il disco pubblicato dall'etichetta Albert's Favourites si intitola Sonkei.

Il progetto è a tutti gli effetti una creatura del pianista, DJ, produttore e ...

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Kit Downes: Dreamlife of Debris

Read "Dreamlife of Debris" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Kit Downes' ECM debut marked a substantial departure from his earlier recordings with saxophonist Tomas Challenger. Wedding Music (Loop Records, 2013) and Vyamanikal (Slip Imprint, 2016) were rhythmically complex with abstruse melodies that tended toward repetitive patterns and drones. With his ECM title Obsidian (2018), Downes, still on organ, worked in a more solidly constructed environment, ...

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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 ...

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Various Artists: Sunny Side Up

Read "Sunny Side Up" reviewed by Chris May

London DJ Gilles Peterson's worldwide touring produces some singular jazz and near-jazz experiences, the best of which he documents on his Brownswood Recordings label. Modern Cuban music figures prominently in the catalogue, and there have been several Japanese jazz albums, most memorably the Toshio Matsuura Group's Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From The Floor (Brownswood, 2018). The label ...

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WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

Read "WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

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Sarathy Korwar: More Arriving

Read "More Arriving" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

In dusty old legends, the tabla came into being when a thirteenth century Sufi disciple sawed a pakhawaj (two-headed drum) in half. Sarathy Korwar has delved deeper into history than that by recording the music of the Sidis, descendants of African tribes who came to India in the seventh century. The results of this bore fruit ...

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Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

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Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman
Milton Court Concert Hall
Celebrating Coltrane
London
July 10, 2019

The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Brussels Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey
Brussels, Belgium
January 10-19, 2019

The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the ...

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Kokoroko: Kokoroko

Read "Kokoroko" reviewed by Chris May

If you ask an Afrobeat fan to name their favourite bands--excluding lineups led by Fela Kuti during his lifetime--the probability is that their top five choices will include Seun Kuti's Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti's Positive Force, both based in Lagos, along with Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra, based in London. Other credible outfits have emerged, but ...

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The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

Read "Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery" reviewed by Chris May

In 2018, saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet became the first British band to be signed to the canonical US label Impulse. That partnership has now been augmented with the futuristic trio The Comet Is Coming, in which Hutchings goes under the alias King Shabaka. Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is ...