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Rob Luft


Rob Luft is an award-winning 26-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined “to achieve great things in the future”, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and also of 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, ‘Riser’, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media


A Time to Remember

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Évasion; Hape Derën; A Time To Remember; Whispers Of Water; E Vogël; Dawn; First Song; Mora Testinë; Send In The Clowns; Mallëngjimi; Sunderland; I'll Be Seeing You.


Dahab Days

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Be Water My Friend; Dahab Days; Daylight Saving Time; Dreamworld; Bliss Out; Flim; African Flower; Sunshine Music; Endless Summer; Lamma Bada Yatathanna.


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 ...


Article: Album Review

Elina Duni: A Time to Remember

Read "A Time to Remember" reviewed by Chris May

Someone once described Leonard Cohen's music as “uplifting in a peculiarly depressing way." The music of singer Elina Duni and guitarist Rob Luft is not depressing, though it certainly is uplifting. It is, however, full of tristesse, of sadness for things that are lost, be they people or places. This feeling goes deeper than mere nostalgia. ...


Song of the Day

A Time to Remember

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:11


Article: Album Review

Tom Ollendorff: Open House

Read "Open House" reviewed by Chris May

There is technical excellence, there is pretty, there is a well-honed trio, there is an in-sync guest saxophonist, and yet, and yet.... Open House is London-based guitarist Tom Ollendorff's follow-up to A Song For You (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2021), his debut, which also featured bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Marc Michel. The ...


Article: Interview

Scott Flanigan: Walking On Clouds

Read "Scott Flanigan: Walking On Clouds" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The challenge for any jazz musician is to find a personal voice. Acquiring the language of jazz through countless hours of listening to recordings, through practicing and gigging is not the issue. It is doing so without being shackled to another's style. When Charlie Parker was in his pomp, few saxophonists of the time ...

Article: Interview

Roberto Ottaviano: sul palco e dietro le quinte

Read "Roberto Ottaviano: sul palco e dietro le quinte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

È estremamente opportuno tornare periodicamente ad analizzare le esperienze più recenti di musicisti di grande personalità del panorama jazzistico italiano. Uno di questi è dagli anni Ottanta Roberto Ottaviano, che esordì discograficamente nel 1983 con Aspects, un lavoro rivelatore, in solo e in sestetto, di una potenza espressiva e di una creatività sconvolgenti. Dopo ...


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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