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No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album “Journey To The Urge Within” charted and some 30 years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) he continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards

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Article: Album Review

Grand Union Orchestra: Made By Human Hands

Read "Made By Human Hands" reviewed by Chris May


Grand Union Orchestra, which has mentored many young London jazz musicians over four decades, is approximately aligned with the grassroots organisations Tomorrow's Warriors and Kinetika Bloco. The longest established of the trio, Grand Union took wing in 1982, Tomorrow's Warriors in 1991, Kinetika Bloco in 2000. Made By Human Hands is a greatest hits compilation celebrating ...

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Article: Album Review

Yannick Rieu Generation Quartet: Qui Qu'en Grogne

Read "Qui Qu'en Grogne" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Veteran jazz man Yannick Rieu, based in Montreal, was tagged back in 1988 as one of the top saxophonists in the world, his name mentioned alongside Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Courtney Pine. That set the bar high. A bit over thirty years have passed since he was presented with that high praise. Qui Qu'en Grogne, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music

Read "Ashley Henry: The Beauty Of Inclusive Music" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Pianist and composer Ashley Henry is one of the most interesting talents coming out of the British Jazz scene, which has been commanding growing international recognition. His debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Universal, 2019) revealed a universe in which grime, r&b and hip-hop coexist with the respect and recognition for the great jazz players of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail - 90

Read "Detail - 90" reviewed by John Eyles


The group Detail first played together in December 1981. After a short period when the Norwegian pianist Eiven One Pederson was a member, it stabilised as a trio comprising Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, South African bassist (and one-time Blue Note artist) Johnny Dyani, and British drummer John Stevens; these three recorded the group's first album, Backwards ...

Article: Interview

Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva

Read "Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Il pianista e compositore Ashley Henry è uno dei più interessanti talenti della nuova generazione di jazzisti britannici che si sta imponendo all'attenzione internazionale. Il suo album di debutto, Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony, 2019), ha rivelato un universo nel quale jazz, grime, drum'n'bass e hip-hop convivono senza snaturare le radici profonde dei grandi jazzisti del passato. ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

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The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 3: Full Force Gail" of Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz by David Burke (Desert Hearts, 2021). In the 1980s, a new generation of black British musicians began to reconfigure the country's jazz scene, changing the face -and sound-of what had previously been a ...

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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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Article: Interview

Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future

Read "Shabaka Hutchings: Black to the Future" reviewed by Chris May


Though he is far too modest to make any such claim himself, most observers agree that saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings is the standard-bearer for the new wave of jazz musicians who have emerged in London since around 2015. Hutchings is a few years older than most of the cohort. He made his debut recording in ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...


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