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Joe Armon-Jones: Turn To Clear View

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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 ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

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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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Ezra Collective: You Can't Steal My Joy

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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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Various Artists: Whiskey Juliet Foxtrot

Read "Whiskey Juliet Foxtrot" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Much like the highly-regarded We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings, 2018), Whiskey Juliet Foxtrot is all about showcasing some exciting new talent in jazz. However, there is perhaps an extra lesson to be learned from Byrd Out's new compilation album; we would be wrong to assume that the UK's flourishing scene is solely concentrated in jny:London.

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Cykada: Cykada

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Cykada has been making waves on London's genre-melting alternative-jazz scene since 2017, but has yet to acquire a profile akin to those of some of the other bands with which its musicians are involved. These include spiritual-jazz septet Maisha and the Afrobeat-infused Ezra Collective. The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

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Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program.

New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh

Read "Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with clarinetist Arun Ghosh from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We talk about everything, from music in general to his composing and the recorder. We also discuss his latest album But Where Are You Really From. Plus lots of new music from artists like D.F.A. through to Beledo.

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Moses Boyd: Displaced Diaspora

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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 ...

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Binker and Moses: Alive In The East?

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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 ...