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Interview with James Brandon Lewis & Further Notable New Releases

Read "Interview with James Brandon Lewis & Further Notable New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Great new albums keep coming and we are previewing them for you.

In this episode we interview saxophone titan James Brandon Lewis, and sample music from his upcoming duo album Radiant Imprints with Chad Taylor.

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash and Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Caroline Davis “Dionisyan" ...


Julian Siegel Quartet: Vista

Read "Vista" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Julian Siegel is an in-demand and award-winning British saxophonist who teaches saxophone in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music. This is his Quartet's follow-up to their London Jazz award-winning album Urban Theme Park (Basho Records). Although Siegel is no stranger to Whirlwind Recordings in his role as a member of Partisans who released ...


John Surman: Invisible Threads

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Half a century into his musical career, English reed player John Surman continues to find outlets to explore a wide variety of introspective compositions. Invisible Threads, out on ECM, finds Surman exploring folk and world music, accompanied by pianist Nelson Ayres and mallet percussionist Rob Waring. The album features Surman's woodwind melodies bouncing atop piano and ...


John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...


Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival

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Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival
Emma Webster, George McKay
136 Pages
University Of East Anglia

There was a time when London had more jazz festivals than you could shake a stick at. Most, however, have disappeared, leaving the London Jazz Festival, ...


Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...


Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

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Following an unusually long, five-year gap between 2009's low register-driven The Astounding Eyes of Rita and 2014's particularly ambitious orchestral collaboration, Souvenance, Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem returns with Blue Maqams, another game-changing release on ECM Records. Change--or, in some cases, natural evolution--has never been hard to find on Brahem's previous nine albums for the label, the ...


Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival

Read "Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il festival Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, in provincia di Gorizia, è una delle rassegne nazionali di maggior successo, cresciuto negli ultimi anni a dismisura certo anche grazie all'unione degli spettacoli con il vino -Cormòns si trova nel Collio Friulano, ove si producono alcuni dei migliori bianchi d'Italia -ma in primo luogo in virtù ...


Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2

Read "Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2" reviewed by Barry Witherden

Part 1 | Part 2

Some three-and-a-half minutes into Release, the Deram recording of Mike Westbrook's seminal suite mixing Swing classics with Westbrook originals, after a scorching solo by John Surman on “The Few," an alto saxophone cadenza emerged from a free ensemble passage: the tone was penetrating, incisive, severe, the phrasing intense, passionate ...


Piotr Turkiewicz: Putting Wroclaw On The Jazz Map

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At just thirty seven years of age it's hard to believe that Piotr Turkiewicz has been pulling the strings of Jazztopad for almost a decade already. The festival, staged each November in the Polish city of Wroclaw, was already a few years old when Turkiewicz became Artistic Director in 2008, but under the canny stewardship of ...