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Emma-Jean Thackray

Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer, producer, arranger, instrumentalist, singer and as a recent RBMA alumni, has been described by RBMA as "one of the UK's most exciting new jazz artists", as “somewhere between Madlib and Ornette Coleman” by Djam La Revue, “one to watch” by the London Evening Standard and as “supremely talented... the sound of South London” by Sounds Of The Universe. Having trained at top UK conservatories in both jazz and composition she is pretty fucking good at loads of stuff, with acclaimed work as a producer, as a composer for large ensembles, as an arranger, a musical director, an educator, a solo performer and as a band leader with her quartet WALRUS.

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Article: Live Review

Pori Jazz 2022

Read "Pori Jazz 2022" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Pori Jazz 2022 Kirjurinluoto Concert Park jny:Pori, Finland July 14-16, 2022 If this year's 55th annual Pori Jazz festival had a “moment," it was when Immanuel Wilkins invited Shabaka Hutchings to the stage as a surprise guest for a dazzling 14-minute duet that capped the former's spellbinding set, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Amaro Freitas, Emma-Jean Thackray, Club D'Elf, Jowee Omicil and More New Releases

Read "Amaro Freitas, Emma-Jean Thackray, Club D'Elf, Jowee Omicil and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


2022 has arrived, and from a jazz perspective, it came right after a truly spectacular year in terms of the quality and quantity of jazz albums that were released... so the pressure is on! Mondo Jazz's New Year resolution remains the same: keep searching for the most exciting, left of center, fresh, possibly under-exposed, certainly deserving ...

Album

Yellow

Label: Movementt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mercury; Say Something; About That; Venus; Green Funk; Third Eye; May There Be Peace; Sun; Golden Green; Spectre; Rahu & Ketu; Yellow; Our People; Mercury (In Retrograde)

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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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 ...

Album

Um Yang

Label: Night Dreamer
Released: 2020
Track listing: Um (Radio Edit); Yang (Radio Edit); Um; Yang.

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Chris May


Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Read "Blue Note Re:imagined" reviewed by Chris May


The idea—honouring Blue Note's legacy while mapping out a possible future—promises much. The actuality is a curate's egg. The sixteen artists each interpreting a classic Blue Note-associated tune are not, as the label's American publicity has it, among the London scene's “most exciting young talents." A few are, but not many. The sixteen are instead an ...

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Article: Interview

Makaya McCraven: Cross Border Traffic

Read "Makaya McCraven: Cross Border Traffic" reviewed by Chris May


Like his near contemporaries Shabaka Hutchings, Kamasi Washington, Nubya Garcia and Robert Glasper, the Chicago-based drummer, bandleader, producer and self-declared beat scientist Makaya McCraven is routinely described by the more breathless commentators writing about modern music as a “saviour" of jazz. Certainly, McCraven and his peers are enriching jazz by their embrace of other ...


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