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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


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 2

Read "A Hip-Hop Jazz Thing @50 - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we take a look back at decades of cross pollination between jazz and hip-hop, with a focus on international projects and on collaborations between jazz and hip-hop artists. Our little contribution to the celebrations of half a century of hip-hop. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jason Stein, Chet Baker and Ingrid Laubrock Plus a Tribute to Ahmad Jamal

Read "Jason Stein, Chet Baker and Ingrid Laubrock Plus a Tribute to Ahmad Jamal" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show, from May, features a tribute to the late Ahmad Jamal, plus old and new music from Jason Stein, Ingrid Laubrock, Chet Baker, and others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Courtney Pine “Sister ...


Article: Album Review

Trevor Tomkins' Sextant: For Future Reference

Read "For Future Reference" reviewed by Chris May

A 2-CD collection of four sessions recorded for BBC Radio between 1980 and 1983, For Future Reference is a snapshot, just one of many snapshots that might be taken, of British jazz in the period immediately before the so-called “jazz boom" of the mid to late 1980s. That boom was marked by an acknowledgement of the ...



Label: Destin-E Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Black Water; Smile; Windmills Of My Mind; Ayr Hod Y Nos; Girl Talk; Blue Moon; Motherless Child; What’ll I Do; Spirituality (Interlude); Your Majesty.


Article: Album Review

Courtney Pine: Spirituality

Read "Spirituality" reviewed by Chris May

In the 1980s, as a co-founder of the band Jazz Warriors and with his debut album Journey To The Urge Within (Island, 1986), reed player Courtney Pine inspired a generation young black British musicians, and not a few white ones, too. On Spirituality, Pine teams up with pianist Zoe Rahman, herself an influential figure, for a ...


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 ...


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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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 ...


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 ...


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