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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Persistence of Big Bands

Read "The Persistence of Big Bands" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's faintly amazing to be able to talk at all about big-band recordings--plural--emerging during an ongoing pandemic with no end in sight. Nonetheless it's a milieu that still enjoys plenty of devotion, and musicians (especially jazz players) are no strangers to realizing ideas that seem practically impossible. Here we have scores of them willing to keep ...

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Article: Album Review

Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow

Read "Yellow" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Many of the most prominent exponents of melding jazz with soul, funk and hip-hop have been trumpeters. Even in the late 1970s, Chuck Mangione was already taking soul-jazz and moving it further into an R&B orbit (and taking heat from jazz purists for supposedly “selling out"), and in so doing exposing lots of pop fans to ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Jackson: Winter In America Pt. 2

Read "Brian Jackson: Winter In America Pt. 2" reviewed by Chris May


As Gil Scott-Heron's songwriting and performing partner during the 1970s, keyboardist, composer and arranger Brian Jackson was co-author of some of the most galvanising liberation music of the era. Inhabiting the intersection of jazz, soul and spoken word, Jackson and Scott-Heron, who met while they were both students at Lincoln University, were a team from Pieces ...

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Article: Album Review

Josh Lawrence: Triptych

Read "Triptych" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Triptych succeeds on the connection between Josh Lawrence's writing and a coterie of players with whom he has been associated for several years. A brilliant, enterprising band comprised of the leader's trumpet, pianist Zaccai Curtis, his brother, bassist Luques Curtis, alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis (no relation), and drummer Anwar Marshall readily embrace the contours of Lawence's ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Gideon King: Street Jazz

Read "Gideon King: Street Jazz" reviewed by Paul Naser


New York based guitarist/composer/ songwriter Gideon King is no stranger to the city. Growing up there, he is well positioned to tell a story or two about the place. This is just what he sets out to do with his forthcoming release with his band City Blog, entitled Upscale Madhouse. Far from a condemnation, the title ...

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Article: Album Review

Phat Phunktion: Live at the High Noon

Read "Live at the High Noon" reviewed by Doug Collette


If you have an abiding appetite or innate taste for old school funk a la Tower of Power, then Phat Phunktion is right in your wheelhouse. This band is poetry in motion-constantly-but without the off-putting histrionics and faux showmanship that so often undermines the impact of the musicianship. Consequently, as with “Don't Destroy the ...

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Article: Album Review

Ajoyo: Ajoyo

Read "Ajoyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School for Jazz. As a Fulbright scholar, Boulares continued his musical ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Music’s Where You Find It

Read "Music’s Where You Find It" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ajoyo Ajoyo Ropeadope 2014 Multi-reed player Yacine Boulares has picked up, and left behind, musical footprints literally all around the world. He was born in North Africa (Tunisia) but grew up in Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and jazz performance at the National Conservatory and New School ...

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News: Festival

Earth Wind & Fire Experience Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Earth Wind & Fire Experience Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Two weeks until the UK’s only major green-field jazz festival returns to Glynde Place The line-up for Jazz FM's Love Supreme Jazz Festival is now complete thanks to the addition of the Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring five-time Grammy-winning original member Al McKay. McKay will line-up alongside a host of international stars including Jamie Cullum, ...

News: Recording

Earth, Wind & Fire Releasing New Studio Album "Now, Then & Forever" on September 10

Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Now, Then & Forever by the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire. This marks the group’s first new studio album in eight years. Now, Then & Forever, will be available everywhere on Tuesday, September 10. Earth, Wind & Fire’s first album of new studio material since 2005, ...


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