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Ezra Collective

London 5-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst also carving a path solely their own. They marry the delicate technicalities of jazz with afrobeat & hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London.

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May

It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Camilla George: Warrior Charge

Read "Camilla George: Warrior Charge" reviewed by Chris May

In 2017, alto saxophonist and composer Camilla George's band was the support act for a Dee Dee Bridgewater gig at the London Jazz Festival. After George had finished her set, Bridgewater, who had been listening in the wings, came onstage, took the mike, and announced: “The world is safe because we have Camilla." Others in Cadogan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joe Armon-Jones al Monk di Roma

Read "Joe Armon-Jones al Monk di Roma" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

Joe Armon-Jones Monk Roma 31.1.2020 “Mi chiedi cosa sia una famiglia. Penso che la famiglia sia una comunità. Uno spazio dove non devi comprimere te stesso, dove non devi fingere o esibirti. Puoi mostrarti completamente, puoi essere vulnerabile. Ti presenti come sei, senza giudizio, senza derisione, senza paura o violenza. Non siamo ...

You Can't Steal My Joy

Label: Enter The Jungle
Released: 2019
Track listing: Space is the Place (Reprise); Why You Mad?; Red Whine; Quest for Coin; Reason in Disguise ft. Jorja Smith; What Am I to Do? ft. Loyle Carner; Chris and Jane; People Saved; Philosopher II; São Paulo; King of the Jungle; You Can’t Steal My Joy; Shakara ft. Kokoroko.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tommaso Cappellato: Spiritual Jazz, Club Culture, Harry Whitaker e molte cose ancora

Read "Tommaso Cappellato:  Spiritual Jazz, Club Culture, Harry Whitaker e molte cose ancora" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Batterista, produttore e compositore, Tommaso Cappellato è tra i pochi musicisti italiani in piena sintonia con le ultime tendenze del jazz, dove contenuti e spirito di questa musica si legano ad afrobeat, soul, hip-hop, house, elettronica e vari generi della Club Culture. Una scena musicale che ha il suo fulcro a Londra e pubblica le sue ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May

The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones. Yazz Ahmed Polyhymnia Ropeadope The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Gary Bartz: Music For Expanding One's Own Mind

Read "Gary Bartz: Music For Expanding One's Own Mind" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Some jazz musicians are the embodiment of a specific historical period. Their performances conjure memories of the very ideals, passions, and philosophies that characterized an era. This is certainly true of American saxophonist Gary Bartz. After joining Art Blakey & the Jazz Messangers and collaborating with McCoy Tyner on the pianist's tenth album, Expansions (Blue Note, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Armon-Jones: Turn To Clear View

Read "Turn To Clear View" reviewed by Chris May

A cornerstone of London's underground jazz scene—as well as leading his own band he plays in Ezra Collective and groups led by the tenor saxophonists Binker Golding and Nubya Garcia—the keyboard player Joe Armon-Jones released his first own-name album, Starting Today (Brownswood), in spring 2018. A jewel of nu-fusion which owes almost as much to the ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

We Out Here: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

Read "We Out Here: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...


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