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Joe Armon-Jones: Turn To Clear View

Read "Turn To Clear View" reviewed by Chris May

A cornerstone of London's underground jazz scene—as well as leading his own band he plays in Ezra Collective and groups led by the tenor saxophonists Binker Golding and Nubya Garcia—the keyboard player Joe Armon-Jones released his first own-name album, Starting Today (Brownswood), in spring 2018. A jewel of nu-fusion which owes almost as much to the ...

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Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Mwenso, Uri Caine, Nérija, Tenor Triage & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Two hours of genre-defying, global, high-octane, music, with a special focus on socially engaged projects, Finnish bands, and charismatic artists whose music has a higher than average density of ideas, like Michael Mwenso and Frank Zappa (by way of the tribute paid to him by the Orchestre Franck Tortiller. It all starts with the much anticipated ...

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Binker Golding: Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers

Read "Abstractions Of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers" reviewed by Chris May

None of the new, legion improviser-composer tenor saxophonists on London's underground scene are more accomplished than Binker Golding, and unlike many avant-garde players, Golding has a thorough knowledge of the saxophonists who preceded him. His originality is, in a phrase coined by Harold Rosenberg, art critic on The New Yorker in the 1970s, “emblazoned with the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Nice Jazz Festival
Théâtre de Verdure
Nice, France
July 16-20, 2019

Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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Binker Golding Quartet and Denys Baptiste Quartet at the London Saxophone Festival

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Binker Golding Quartet / Denys Baptiste Quartet
London Saxophone Festival
The Jazz Cafe
London
May 23, 2019

The launch event for the 2019 London Saxophone Festival, which runs until June 16, featured two of the most edge-of-your-seat, high impact, kick-out-the-jams tenor saxophone-led bands in the recorded history of British jazz. ...

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Nubya Garcia at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2019

Read "Nubya Garcia at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nubya Garcia
Black Box
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
May 9, 2019

The tables and chairs in the back half of Black Box filled quickly, leaving a yawning open space in the front half of the room. A standing gig--those were the instructions from London saxophonist Nubya ...

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Ezra Collective: You Can't Steal My Joy

Read "You Can't Steal My Joy" reviewed by Kevin Press

This sparkling debut from London's Ezra Collective pulls together jazz, hip hop, Latin and reggae influences in a surprisingly cohesive package. A pair of guest vocal performances--powerfully delivered by singer Jorja Smith and rapper Loyle Carner--virtually guarantee this disc serious lounge airplay this summer.

Right out of the gate, Dylan Jones' trumpet delivers a ...

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SEED Ensemble: Driftglass

Read "Driftglass" reviewed by Chris May

After decades in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a rebooted style which reflects both the Caribbean and African musical heritages of the majority of its vanguard players and also locally created musics such as grime and garage. Jazz was created ...

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Makaya McCraven: Where We Come From (Chicago X London)

Read "Where We Come From (Chicago X London)" reviewed by Chris May

A summit meeting starring luminaries from two of the planet's bleeding-edge jazz scenes--London and Chicago--Where We Come From was recorded at London's Total Refreshment Centre in late 2017 and was first released as a mixtape and a download. It pitches Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven alongside four leading faces on the young London scene--tuba player Theon Cross, ...

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Moses Boyd: Displaced Diaspora

Read "Displaced Diaspora" reviewed by Chris May

The pre-release anticipation surrounding drummer and producer Moses Boyd's Displaced Diaspora was a sure sign that the cultural revolution that has reset London's jazz world over the last three years has bedded itself firmly into the architecture. Not because the album is a newly recorded set--but because it is not. The disc is a selection of ...