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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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Theon Cross Interview

Read "Theon Cross Interview" reviewed by Steven Roby

This episode features an interview with award-winning tuba player and composer, Theon Cross. We discussed his music and talked about his upcoming show at Dazzle. Cross is a key component of London's thriving jazz scene, and his unique sound has been described as “innovative" and hailed for “reinventing the tuba." His debut EP “Aspirations" ...


Article: Live Review

Balimaya Project at Barbican Centre

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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 ...


Article: Album Review

Balimaya Project: When The Dust Settles

Read "When The Dust Settles" reviewed by Chris May

Formed in 2019 by London-based drummer and percussionist Yahael Camara Onono, the sixteen-piece Balimaya Project blends traditional West African Mandé music with modal jazz and other sounds out of modern Black London. The ensemble's closest comparator, albeit at some remove, is the veteran Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab who, in the 1980s, were hugely popular at home ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew

Read "Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew" reviewed by Chris May

New releases from London doff the hat to two 20th century American masterpieces. Both of the new albums feature tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, playing alongside each other and kicking up a storm alongside other luminaries of the London scene. The double album London Brew (Concord) is to be released on ...



Label: Banger Factory
Released: 2022
Track listing: Caravan; Remedy; Commanders Call; Honesty; The Ted Williams Villanelle; Papa Fox; Door Of Breath; Guided By The Light; Echoes Of Palmares.


Article: Live Review

Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory At Milton Court Concert Hall

Read "Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory At Milton Court Concert Hall" reviewed by Chris May

Mark KavumaMilton Court Concert HallLondonNovember 18, 2022 Fittingly for one of the closing events of the 2022 jny:London Jazz Festival, trumpeter Mark Kavuma's performance at the Barbican Centre's associate concert hall, a few hundred yards down the road from the main venue, was on an epic scale. Kavuma appeared with ...


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