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New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums

Read "New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime trying to get on an equal footing with its American parent, British jazz has finally come of age. Since around 2015, a community of young, London-based musicians has forged a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the Caribbean and African cultural heritages of many of its vanguard players. The scene ...

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Joe Armon-Jones al Monk di Roma

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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 ...

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Ezra Collective: You Can't Steal My Joy

Read "You Can't Steal My Joy" reviewed by Kevin Press

This sparkling debut from London's Ezra Collective pulls together jazz, hip hop, Latin and reggae influences in a surprisingly cohesive package. A pair of guest vocal performances--powerfully delivered by singer Jorja Smith and rapper Loyle Carner--virtually guarantee this disc serious lounge airplay this summer. Right out of the gate, Dylan Jones' trumpet delivers a ...

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Cykada: Cykada

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Cykada has been making waves on London's genre-melting alternative-jazz scene since 2017, but has yet to acquire a profile akin to those of some of the other bands with which its musicians are involved. These include spiritual-jazz septet Maisha and the Afrobeat-infused Ezra Collective. The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket ...

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Eriksson Kaner: Changed Beings

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This download-only single is the calling card of London-based pianist / composer Eriksson Kaner--and it is a most welcome one. The track is Kaner's first step towards building a profile on the city's jazz scene after five years' study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Kaner's older brother, trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, has already ...


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