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Zara McFarlane

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Zara McFarlane is one of the most remarkable rising stars in British soul jazz. The singer from London, who was raised in a Jamaican family, has been compared to Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson. She has a pure voice and a unique, contemporary style combining soul, jazz, dub and afro-funk. The intimate vocals of ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Peter Jones: This Is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy

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This is Hip --The Life of Mark Murphy
Peter Jones
247 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1-78179-473-9
Equinox Publishing
2018

Non è casuale che questa bella biografia sul più eclettico jazz singer bianco sia opera di un inglese e venga pubblicata in Gran Bretagna. Il pubblico del Regno Unito ha supportato ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Noya Rao: Icaros

Read "Icaros" reviewed by Rokas Kucinskas

Something that started as a solo project by Tom Henry in his bedroom studio transformed into something much more mature: first his ideas were executed in an instrumental trio setting that eventually evolved into the vocal electronic-soul quartet--Noya Rao. What kind of music does the quartet play? The kind that Gilles Peterson is famous for." With ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Audioguide: Phenomenal Women To Watch

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Welcome to Audioguide, a new monthly DJ set created for All About Jazz. Gathering new music from across Europe, the USA and sometimes further afield, I'll bring you a different window on jazz each month. There will always be a theme to guide the selections (although it is never intended to be a “best of' collection) ...

Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus

Read "Black Focus" reviewed by Rokas Kucinskas

If people still think that the capital of jazz is New York, surely they've never been to London or listened to anything that comes from the British capital these days. Just like New York, London is a melting pot. Because you can find musicians from any part of the world, the produced outcome is extremely cosmopolitan. ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

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Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

José James: Love In A Time Of Madness

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Chi conosce José James a partire dal recente disco dedicato a Billie Holiday (Yesterday I Had the Blues , Blue Note, 2015) rimarrà sorpreso da quest'incisione, quarta per la Blue Note su un totale di sette album. Love in a Time of Madness consta di 12 brani incisi tra Los Angeles e New York, e prodotti ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gilles Peterson: The BBC Sessions Vol. 1

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To this day Gilles Peterson transcends more eclecticism than most music broadcasters on air, and perhaps the only genre continuously omitted from his shows is classical music. Peterson owns Brownswood Records, produces Worldwide Awards, and recently launched his radio station Worldwide FM, which was also featured in the latest Grand Theft Auto sequel, i.e. GTA V. ...

Gilles Peterson: Magic Peterson Sunshine

Read "Magic Peterson Sunshine" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Magic Peterson Sunshine is an indispensable compilation for the European jazz lover. It is the culmination of tireless archival digging by London-based DJ and audiophile Gilles Peterson, whose obsession with the German label MPS (née SABA) has resulted in this handpicked treasure trove of material. The label has near-mythic roots, founded as it was deep in ...

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Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non chiamatelo retro soul. Quello di Zara McFarlane (e dell'inglese Corinne Bailey Rae, della francese Laika Fatien e altre) è un fenomeno nuovo. Sono cantanti europee dalla pelle nera che fondono jazz e soul music rivestendoli di una patina pop, intima e raffinata. Senza esagerare nei giudizi la qualità è alta e si va oltre l'imitazione ...