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Take Five with Monday Michiru

Read "Take Five with Monday Michiru" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that ...

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Article: Album Review

The Paxton / Spangler Septet: Ugqozi

Read "Ugqozi" reviewed by Chris May


Ugqozi is a celebration of modern, urban African music, especially that from South Africa, with which co-leaders trombonist John “Tbone" Paxton and percussionist RJ Spangler have been in love for decades. It is also an affirmation of the vibrant Detroit scene of which the multi-generational Paxton / Spangler Septet is a part. Actually, ...

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Article: Album Review

Justin Thurgur: Many Faces

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London-based trombonist Justin Thurgur is at home in several traditions. He plays contemporary English folk music with the band Bellowhead and Afrobeat with the Afrobeat Orchestra, the ensemble led by keyboard player Dele Sosimi, a childhood protégé of Fela Kuti, who has done more than any other musician to keep the Afrobeat flame alight in Britain. ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice

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Article: Profile

Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music

Read "Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music" reviewed by Peter Jones


London-based octet Kokoroko has been led by trumpeter-vocalist Sheila Maurice-Grey since she formed it in 2014 with percussionist Onome Edgeworth. The band's original idea was to update Afrobeat for a 21st century audience, inspired by the likes of Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Fela Kuti. It was the extraordinary public reaction to their first release--a single ...

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Article: Six Picks

January 2022

Read "January 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Bendik Hofseth Roots C+C records 2022 The second act in the Norwegian saxophonist's Forest tetralogy, Roots focuses around Bendik Hofseth's chamber-jazz qualities in the company of a string quartet plus guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen, who both return for a second time out after 2020's Trunks. ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...

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Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...

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Article: Interview

Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word

Read "Gary Bartz At 80: On Jazz Is Dead, Miles Davis And Why Improvisation Is A Dirty Word" reviewed by Rob Garratt


It's hard to talk to Gary Bartz about music. Not because he's a difficult or reluctant interviewee—quite the opposite. In fact, the 80-year-old saxophonist is refreshingly unguarded and garrulous when looking back over his formidable six-decade musical career. It's just finding the right words that's the tricky part. Like many musicians, jazz isn't one ...


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