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Peter Jones

Peter Jones is an experienced and versatile jazz singer who has played all over London and the southeast with some of the UK’s finest musicians. His three albums under his own name have received rave reviews. Mark McKergow of London Jazz News described Under the Setting Sun (2017) as an 'atmospheric and superbly- executed collection of late-night vibes and sentiments... This album succeeds brilliantly... a valuable and important collection for anyone remotely interested in contemporary jazz singing and song-writing.' His newest release is a project called Zoöphyte, whose album Signs of Life (2020) distils jazz, pop, soul and psychedelica to create a very contemporary sound palette

Album

Galapagos

Label: Howlin' Werewolf
Released: 2023
Track listing: Edwin’s Mood; Working Hours; Wait Until Dark; Let’s Get Out Of The City; If You Have Gold; St. Dude; Open Book; Encircled by Seal; How You Stayed Alive; Amphibious; Not What.

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Article: Profile

Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Read "Rob Luft: Burning the Candle at Both Ends" reviewed by Peter Jones


What kind of musician gets asked to write a concerto for a 65-piece orchestra--the BBC Concert Orchestra, no less--when still in his twenties, and when he has never previously written for an orchestra? Well, somehow or other, UK guitarist Rob Luft is that kind of musician. Writing for an orchestra is something he has ...

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Article: Film Review

Salvation through rhythm: Max Roach—The Drum Also Waltzes

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Max Roach--The Drum Also Waltzes Directed by Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro PBS American Masters2023 Anyone who enjoyed the recent Wayne Shorter documentary Zero Gravity might also dig this--a more conventionally structured but equally fascinating look at the life of Max Roach. Filmmaker and interviewer Sam Pollard began making it in ...

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Article: Film Review

Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity

Read "Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity" reviewed by Peter Jones


Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity Director: Dorsay Alavi 2023 Wayne Shorter was brought up in the belief that he could achieve anything he wanted to: there should be no barriers to his ambition. This three-part documentary--a true labor of love from director Dorsay Alavi--shows us that Shorter was far more than a musician. ...

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Article: Album Review

Zoöphyte: Galapagos

Read "Galapagos" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zoöphyte is a ten-piece pop band boasting some of London's finest jazz musicians. Its debut album, Signs Of Life (Howlin' Werewolf, 2020), was a pleasing hybrid of uber-catchy grooves, ear-bending psychedelia and sizzling jazz virtuosity. How could it be otherwise for a band that cites influences as diverse as Canterbury progressives Soft Machine and Caravan, psychedelic ...

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Article: Catching Up With

José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male

Read "José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male" reviewed by Peter Jones


Jazz singer José James considers Erykah Badu to be the Joni Mitchell of his generation, a woman who has constructed a world of her own in order to tell her own alternative story. To prove the point, earlier this year he released On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a whole album of Badu songs, which he has ...

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Article: Album Review

Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Peter Jones


What a treat it must have been in 1973 to attend the Montreux Jazz Festival: the featured artists that year included Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Sam Rivers, Bobbi Humphrey, Dr John, Marlena Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson... and Donald Byrd with his Tentet, whose July 5 performance is captured on this album. It was ...

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Article: Album Review

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & Hi-life Jazz

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This is reportedly the 35th album from Ghanaian singer/rapper/tenor saxophonist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley. But although he has toured Europe and the US extensively, he remains relatively unknown in what we call “the West." It is a situation that ought to change, and if there was any justice in the world, this is the album that would do ...

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Article: Album Review

Chip Wickham: Cloud 10

Read "Cloud 10" reviewed by Peter Jones


Is it OK for music to be background? In other words, does all music have to be listened to with the same degree of concentration and freedom from distraction? It may be a moot question in these greatly distracted times. Here's another, related question: is the music you want on in the background necessarily inferior to ...


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