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Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2018

Read "Jazzkaar 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2018
Tallinn, Estonia
April 20-29, 2018

In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued ...

Binker and Moses: Alive In The East?

Read "Alive In The East?" reviewed by Chris May

Something wonderful is happening in London in summer 2018. A disruptive musical movement, led by an inter-connected community of young musicians, is taking jazz in vibrant new directions and finding enthusiastic new audiences. Hybridisation is the name of game, which reflects London's cultural diversity by absorbing locally created styles such as grime and broken beat within ...

Zara McFarlane: Arise!

Read "Arise!" reviewed by Chris May

Zara McFarlane is a London-based singer and composer with a voice like an angel and a style that reflects her cultural roots in the Caribbean and in the mash-up that is modern metropolitan Britain, where jazz, grime, hip hop, reggae and other musics of black origin are hybridising and shape-shifting with joyful abandon. She is an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners 2018

Read "Brilliant Corners 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile

Read "Your Queen Is A Reptile" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Con il consueto ritardo (tempo tecnico di maturazione lo definirebbe qualcuno di più diplomatico) anche il mondo globalizzato del jazz si sta accorgendo del talento di Shabaka Hutchings. Chi bazzica infatti il jazz europeo più vivace non può non avere notato da tempo il sassofonista inglese, con i The Comet Is Coming, con Louis Moholo, con ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sons of Kemet at Black Box, Belfast

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Sons of Kemet
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
April 7, 2016

The finer points of ancient Egyptian religion might not have been the chief topic of discussion among the Black Box crowd as it waited for Mobo Jazz Award winners Sons of Kemet to take the stage in. Yet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kansas Smitty's House Band: Kansas Smitty's

Read "Kansas Smitty's" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Kansas Smitty's is the debut album from the eight-piece Kansas Smitty's House Band, a London-based octet with an open approach to the integration of many jazz styles. The result is a refreshingly original debut album filled with some of the catchiest and most engaging music around.

House bands have a long history, playing regular ...