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Analog Africa: digging deeper into forgotten corners of global groove

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For casual but curious collectors of eclectic sounds and global grooves, Analog Africa might be the Holy Grail. Since being founded in Germany by Samy Ben Redjeb in 2006, the Tunisian crate digger's deeply personal and highly idiosyncratic imprint has birthed a steady stream of 40 peerless releases and counting--carefully curated collections of rare and obscure ...

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Takuya Kuroda: Fly Moon Die Soon's Delicious Future-Funk Throwback

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Last time All About Jazz spoke to Takuya Kuroda, just days after the release of his smoky, neo-soul-styled breakthrough Rising Sun (Blue Note, 2014), the Japanese trumpeter was asked what he wanted to record next. “I see myself doing more of a straight-ahead thing," he said at time. “I might do an album with strings."

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges

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Kendrick Scott authored one of the most compelling jazz releases of last year with A Wall Becomes a Bridge (Blue Note, 2019), a nuanced meditation on identity, history and prejudice, shepherded under the direction of producer and former band mate Derrick Hodge. Pairing gorgeous, searching improvisatory canvases with break beat interludes and samples from guest DJ ...

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Robert Glasper Trio at Freespace Jazz Festival

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Robert Glasper Trio with DJ Sundance The Box, Freespace Freespace Jazz Festival Hong Kong November 10, 2019 What can a visiting artist hope to offer a city in turmoil, torn apart and bleeding from months of violent unrest? Distraction, escape, respite-- sure, but just maybe reflection, too. Robert Glasper couldn't ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

4 Wheel Drive at Hong Kong Arts Centre

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4 Wheel Drive Quartet Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 3, 2019 When exactly did jazz artists covering pop music shift from being a cheap and/or twee—but near-universally frowned-upon—novelty, to an almost obligatory rite of passage? Some will point to the pioneering piano ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019 Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong Park Hong Kong September 22, 25-27 We've long been told that jazz is a world language, but regional dialects are becoming an increasingly louder part of the conversation. Sitting conceptually, if not geographically, on the nexus ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Marcus Miller at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

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Marcus Miller Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University, Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 12, 2019 You gotta feel for Russell Gunn--the trumpet player employed to spend around a half-hour every night being Miles Davis. Of course, as a member of Marcus Miller's band, it's not unreasonable ...

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Kamasi Washington at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

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Kamasi Washington Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 6, 2019 The anointed savior of 21st century jazz, Kamasi Washington is all about size, scale and scope. He writes big, brash, hummable themes, punctuates them with gutsy, garrulous, ...

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Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre

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Jochen Rückert Quartet with Lage Lund, Mark Turner and Matt Penman Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong June 17, 2019 Jochen Rückert's career has clearly shifted up a gear. “I recently joined the class of professional artists that always travels with a permanent marker," the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Le French May Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong

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Samy Thiébault; Laïka and the Unit Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre Le French May Arts Festival: Live Jazz Series Hong Kong May 21-22, 2019 The now-annual Live Jazz Series of long-running Hong Kong arts fest Le French May might have slimmed in size and shifted from ...


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