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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

Life Is The Dancer

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Berlin; Life Is The Dancer; All Ways Moving; One Day In Romentino; Tanpura; Synesthesia; Other Wise; Snow Country; Sad Star; Expect The Unexpected.

Signs of Life by Zoöphyte

Label: Howlin' Werewolf
Released: 2020
Track listing: Los Retablos; Füsun; Stone Cold Killah; House on the Corner; Olive, Butterfly & Stork; (Feel Like I'm) Chained to a Rock; The Caribou; What's Your Favourite Planet?; My Dreams Are All in Black and White; Füsun (alt take)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Judith & Dave O'Higgins: His 'n' Hers

Read "His 'n' Hers" reviewed by Chris May

Here is a great idea for a tough tenors face-off in the tradition of the Johnny Griffin / Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis group... Get hold of a tenor duo comprising a husband and wife who are on the verge of divorce and can barely stand being in the same room together and record them as they try ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More

Read "John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we speak with legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield and profile his new CD Swallow Tales. We also dig into brand new material from Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lolly Allen and Anne Mette Iversen. Enjoy the jazz, friends. Playlist John Scofield “Falling Grace" Swallow Tales (ECM) 00:00 Host talks 5:43 Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Zoöphyte: Signs Of Life

Read "Signs Of Life" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A zoophyte is the ancient Greek term for an invertebrate animal resembling a plant. So, an odd name for a band, perhaps. Mythical zoophytes, like the plant that grew sheep as its fruit, were commonplace in Medieval herbals--tomes describing the culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, and magical qualities of plants. These were, in less scientific times, attempts ...

New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums

Read "New Jazz From London: Top 20 Paradigm Shifting Albums" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime trying to get on an equal footing with its American parent, British jazz has finally come of age. Since around 2015, a community of young, London-based musicians has forged a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the Caribbean and African cultural heritages of many of its vanguard players. The scene ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Montague: Warmer Than Blood

Read "Warmer Than Blood" reviewed by Chris May

Spring 2020 has produced two notable albums from British guitarists. In April we had Rob Luft's exquisite Life Is The Dancer (Edition). In May we have Chris Montague's own-name debut, Warmer Than Blood. Like Luft, Montague writes engaging tunes and both albums are engagingly melodic; Montague's arrangements, however, are more open-ended, giving the music a collective ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental

Read "Laura Jurd: Getting Elemental" reviewed by Chris May

Whatever other delights come along during 2020 in the way of great jazz albums, it is a near certainty that among the joint number ones will be To The Earth (Edition) by Dinosaur. Formed as the Laura Jurd Quartet in 2010 by students at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and still led by ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our weekly exploration of brand new releases, with a special focus on guitar-centric albums [for the first part click here]. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00 Rob Luft “Life Is the Dancer" Life is the Dancer (Edition) 0:16 Host Talks Wolfgang ...


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