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Nubya Garcia

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet. Nubya fearlessly threw herself head first into this 5ive project, her debut recording, with a clear vision of what she wanted and was meticulous in her pursuit of her sound

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Voices Of Bishara

Label: Brownswood/International Anthem/Nonesuch
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bishara; Red 2; The Journey; The Day After Tomorrow; Voices (Of The Past); Quiet As It’s Kept.

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Legacy

Label: Banger Factory
Released: 2022
Track listing: Caravan; Remedy; Commanders Call; Honesty; The Ted Williams Villanelle; Papa Fox; Door Of Breath; Guided By The Light; Echoes Of Palmares.

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Article: Album Review

Kokoroko: Could We Be More

Read "Could We Be More" reviewed by Chris May


One of the features of the 2022 alternative London jazz scene is the incorporation of musical styles originating in Africa and the Caribbean, from whence a high proportion of prominent musicians on that scene trace their heritage. Not every band shares this African and/or Caribbean dimension but the majority do and it is one of the ...

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Article: Live Review

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2022

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Fano Varie sedi 22—31.7.2022 Fano Jazz by the Sea, giunto al traguardo della trentesima edizione, ha confermato un impianto organizzativo ormai collaudato, messo a punto negli anni dal suo storico direttore artistico Adriano Pedini. Concentrato nel centro storico della cittadina marchigiana, il festival ha ruotato soprattutto attorno al nucleo formato dal main ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Electro-Acoustic works, SHHH/Peaceful, Latin sounds and Ellingtonia

Read "Electro-Acoustic works, SHHH/Peaceful, Latin sounds and Ellingtonia" reviewed by David Brown


This week, Latin sounds, Ellingtonia, Electro-Acoustic Jazz and SHHH/Peaceful. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:30 Jason Moran “You've Got to be Modernistic" from Modernistic (Blue Note) 02:10 Matthew Shipp Trio “World Construct" from World Construct (ESP Disk) 07:57 Marta Sanchez “The Eternal Stillness" from SAAM (Spanish American ...

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Article: Album Review

Emma Rawicz: Incantation

Read "Incantation" reviewed by Chris May


Incantation is the debut album from British tenor saxophonist Emma Rawicz, whose playing has a degree of poise that is not often found in a teenager (she is nineteen years old) on their inaugural outing. It is not unprecedented, however, as we are reminded by the case of drummer Tony Williams, seventeen years old and brimming ...

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Article: Live Review

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Peter Jones


Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, UK April 27-May 2, 2022 A prosperous Eighteenth Century spa town in the Cotswolds, chic Cheltenham is famed for its annual festivals, which now cover everything from horse racing to science. Taking place over six days leading up to the early May bank holiday weekend, its jazz festival ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Album Review

Kinetika Bloco: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Chris May


Legacy features some of the London jazz scene's leading players, among them tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia, trumpeters Claude Deppa, Mark Kavuma and Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Nathaniel Cross and tubaist Theon Cross. As you would anticipate, there is much great jazz to be heard on the album, and along the way it bears witness ...


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