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Article: Multiple Reviews

Township Jazz: A Riot Busting Out

Read "Township Jazz: A Riot Busting Out" reviewed by Chris May


Dateline: April 2022. This month the American label Blue Note is launching its Blue Note Africa imprint with South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini's single “Senze' Nina." It is fittingly synchronous that at the same moment, Britain's Ogun label is reissuing two albums by South Africa's Blue Notes, the band which introduced township jazz to Europe and ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Saxophone Colossi: An Alternative Top Ten Banging Albums

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Miles Davis once said you could tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. You might want to add John Coltrane, you might even want to add Davis. But however you cut it, saxophones and trumpets have been the flag bearers of the music. Trumpets got things rolling and saxophones came into ...

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Article: Profile

Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward

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From the Albert Hall at twenty-two with a fifty-piece band to picking potatoes to make ends meet a decade later, Keith Tippett's life in music could sum up many a jazz career. After a grim '80s, things now look better for the composer, pianist and bandleader. “What I'm about to say is ridiculous but it was ...

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Article: Interview

Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

Read "Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


It can be overwhelming to keep up with the artistic growth, creative reach, and constant development that marks the career of Nduduzo Makhathini. In the past four years, he has released eight solo albums, all exploring remarkably different territories and demonstrating a ceaselessly probing mind and inventive creative urge. In addition to that, he has emerged ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper

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Exclusive extract adapted from Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond By Colin Harper. Published (UK and US) March 26, 2014 by Jawbone Press “British jazz is awash with young talent which, given a healthy set of circumstances and a fair share of work, could produce a generation of ...

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Article: Live Review

Torino Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Varie sedi--25.04-1.05.2014 Benché bersagliata da intemperanze meteorologiche d'altro canto non nuove, in questa sede, la terza edizione del Torino Jazz Festival (seconda sotto la direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni) ha visto una partecipazione di pubblico che definiremmo oceanica, al punto che--per esempio--si è rivelato praticamente impossibile accedere ai concerti in giro per i ...

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Article: Book Review

Chris Searle: Red Groove

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Red Groove Chris Searle 283 pages ISBN: 978-1907869495 Five Leaves 2013 The life story of poet, teacher, author and activist Chris Searle is as intriguing as that of many of the musicians he discusses in Red Groove. Teaching at an inner city school in ...

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Article: Live Review

Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

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Rhythm Changes Media City UK, Salford Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference Manchester, UK April 11-14, 2013 The study of jazz in academic institutions may be a relatively modern trend, but the presence of over a hundred academics from South Africa to Russia and from America to Portugal at the Rhythm Changes: ...

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Article: Live Review

Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Cape Town Jazz Festival 2013Cape Town, South AfricaApril 5-6, 2013Music has the power to transport those on the receiving end to another place, but the terms of travel are usually figurative in nature. For four North American journalists, however, the figurative took fantastic form with an offer to visit Cape Town, soak in ...


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