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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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Article: Interview

Ruth Goller: Basso Profundo

Read "Ruth Goller: Basso Profundo" reviewed by Chris May


Altogether easier to talk to than is suggested by the stage makeup in the photo above, Ruth Goller reveals herself as totally down-home when, some ten minutes into this interview, the conversation turns to International Anthem, the Chicago-based label that has released her second solo album, Skyllumina. “I feel so lucky to have them," says Goller. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nubya Garcia, Ches Smith, The Messthetics, James Brandon Lewis & More

Read "Nubya Garcia, Ches Smith, The Messthetics, James Brandon Lewis & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Nubya Garcia returns; Impulse! Records further syncs itself to today's scene; Ches Smith finds catharsis in laughter; Ken Stubbs pays tribute to Sonny Rollins... These are a few of the interesting things you'll find in this episode of Mondo Jazz.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Grammy Winners, Birthday Celebrations For Blanche Calloway, Carole King & More

Read "New Releases, Grammy Winners, Birthday Celebrations For Blanche Calloway, Carole King & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo, Alliance (led by Sharel Cassity and Coleen Clark), Tierney Sutton and Nubya Garcia, with nods to several Grammy winners and birthday shoutouts to Blanche Calloway, Chick Webb, Carmen Staaf, Jen Allen, and Carole King, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2017-2020

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2017-2020" reviewed by Robert Middleton


As we start to wind down to the 72nd jazz thriller, in our penultimate collection of half a dozen jazz thrillers this week, it becomes clear that brilliant, compelling music comes in all shapes and sizes. From an understated quartet from Germany to an Aaron Parks masterpiece, all of these albums deserve a place in the ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

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Article: Live Review

London Brew At Barbican Centre

Read "London Brew At Barbican Centre" reviewed by Chris May


London Brew Barbican Centre, Main Hall London BrewLondon November 18, 2023 Three years later than originally planned, London Brew made it to the Barbican stage. The star studded ensemble's concert tribute to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) had been intended to mark the fiftieth anniversary of that album. ...

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Article: Live Review

Balimaya Project at Barbican Centre

Read "Balimaya Project at Barbican Centre" reviewed by Chris May


Balimaya Project Barbican Centre, Main Hall When The Dust Settles London October 17, 2023 Founded in 2019 by London-based djembe player Yahael Camara Onono, the eighteen-piece Balimaya Project is an all-male ensemble dedicated to celebrating its members' African musical heritages, which it approaches as evolving, future-facing entities. The band blends ...

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Article: Album Review

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard: As Good As It Gets

Read "As Good As It Gets" reviewed by Chris May


Norway's Espen Eriksen Trio is the first Scandinavian piano trio to enjoy a measure of sustained international success since Sweden's Esbjörn Svensson Trio's high-profile run was cut short by Svensson's death in 2008. While some listeners thought that EST's style was becoming over-codifed during its final years, EET still sounds box fresh thirteen years and many ...

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: An Ever Changing View

Read "An Ever Changing View" reviewed by Chris May


Based in the northern English city of Manchester, trumpeter Matthew Halsall debuted on record in 2008 with Sending My Love (Gondwana), a stylish take on the meditative end of the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Halsall's emergence pre-dated by over half a decade that of the London alternative scene vanguarded by musicians such ...


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