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Jean Toussaint

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The stageposts along Toussaint's career have all made their mark - the Caribbean, New York, and London. From a calypso band in his teens in St Thomas, Toussaint moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where fellow students included Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Jeff Watts. In 1982, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. 'I learned more in four years with Art than I'd have learned in ten had I not got through that audition,' says Toussaint, who played alongside Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Lonnie Plaxico. While in New York, Toussaint also worked with Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner and Gil Evans, and regularly led the jam session at New York's Blue Note club

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Article: Album Review

Nathaniel Cross: The Description Is Not The Described

Read "The Description Is Not The Described" reviewed by Chris May


Trombonist Nathaniel Cross is a key presence on London's alternative jazz scene, just like his brother, Theon Cross, who plays tuba in Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet. Until now, however, Nathaniel has probably been better known among his fellow musicians than with the general public, for he has been most active behind the scenes as a ...

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Article: Interview

Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz

Read "Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Bandleader, composer and educator Denys Baptiste is among the generation of musicians, many of them of Caribbean or African heritage, who pointed the way for the younger players who have emerged on the London jazz scene since around 2015. Baptiste's contemporaries include saxophonists Jason Yarde, Soweto Kinch, Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, and trumpeter Byron Wallen, ...

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Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Label: Lyte Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: Amabo (I Shall Love); The Gatekeeper; Doc; Major Changes. CD2: The Missing Of Sleep; Mandingo Brass; Moanin.

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Article: Album Review

Jean Toussaint: Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218

Read "Live At The Jazz Cafe 091218" reviewed by Chris May


Most times, the transatlantic flow of jazz musicians is from east to west. Less frequently, as with Jean Toussaint's relocation from New York to London, it is contrariwise. Hot from four years as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers's Jazz Messengers, Toussaint arrived in Britain in 1987. He soon established himself as a ...

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Article: Album Review

Quentin Collins Sextet: Road Warrior

Read "Road Warrior" reviewed by Chris May


Hard-bop with a modern twist from the British trumpeter Quentin Collins, who is probably best known for his work with the Kyle Eastwood Band and who leads his own transatlantic group on Road Warrior. The frontline is completed by two British-based saxophonists, Leo Richardson on tenor and Meilana Gillard on alto. The rhythm section is out ...

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Brother Raymond

Label: Lyte Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Amabo (I Shall Love); Doc; Interlude For Idris; Major Changes; Letters To Milena; Brother Raymond; Interlude For Eddie; Mingus Fingers; Interlude For Kirk; Wonder Where; Amabo (I Shall Love) Reprise.

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Article: Album Review

Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices

Read "Contemporary Chaos Practices" reviewed by Don Phipps


From the first startling attack of Contemporary Chaos Practices, Ingrid Laubrock lets the listener know she wants your attention. And the music is certainly attention-grabbing. Or would startling, fascinating, and incredible be better words? For nothing quite sets the table for what the listener will experience on this album. It is as if heaven and earth ...

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands

Read "David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands" reviewed by Ian Patterson


There was a time when jazz groups would zig-zag all over the country, by train, in customized buses or in cars, playing date after date in towns big and small. Tours that kept a band on the road for months at a time were once the norm for many jazz outfits--the bread and butter of countless ...

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Article: Radio

Destination South Africa (Part 2)

Read "Destination South Africa (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


One episode was not enough, so we needed more time to cover the South African scene. This week we look back at an earlier phase of the history of jazz in South Africa, focusing on some foundational bands and musicians, and the musicians they inspired both in South African and elsewhere. Playlist Ben Allison ...


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