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Tony Kofi

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Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having 'cut his teeth' in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby's “NuTroop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with include “US-3” The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers Big band, Andrew Hill Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph Big band, Harry Connick JR, Byron Wallen's Indigo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configurations and Ornette Coleman.

His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand

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Altera Vita

Label: BBE Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Tabula Rasa (Blank Slate); Tu Vibes (You See); Tange (Touch); Audite Me (Hear Me); Anima (Breathe); Altera Vita (Another Life).

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An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London)

Label: PX Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Mood Indigo; I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/I Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Isfahan; My Little Brown Book; Day Dream; Satin Doll; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Something To Live For; Passion Flower; Blood Count; Raincheck; Lush Life.

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Article: Album Review

Ian Shaw & Tony Kofi: An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London)

Read "An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London)" reviewed by Chris May


The trouble with live albums recorded in venues that are, essentially, eateries, is that the musicians may have to go large to grab the audience's attention, sometimes too large for the material which they are performing. This is abundantly the case with An Adventurous Dream (At PizzaExpress Live In London): The Music Of Billy Strayhorn And ...

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Plays Monk

Label: The Last Music Company
Released: 2023
Track listing: Side 1: Boo Boo's Birthday; Ugly Beauty; Trinkle Tinkle. Side 2: Ruby My Dear; Brilliant Corners; Comin' On The Hudson; We See. Side 3: Crepuscule With Nellie; Teo; Misterioso. Side 4: Gallop's Gallop; Light Blue; Think Of One; Monk's Mood.

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Tony Kofi Quartet: Plays Monk

Read "Plays Monk" reviewed by Chris May


When it was first released in autumn 2004, Tony Kofi's Plays Monk: All Is Know (as it was then titled) was the saxophonist's first release as leader, a full thirteen years after his emergence with high-profile young Turks the Jazz Warriors. The album went on to win the BBC Jazz Awards Album Of The Year prize. ...

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Reflections

Label: BBE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Soul Vibrations; For Carrol; Fire; Reflections; Afro Blue; Alabama; African Flower; Paris Sur Le Toit (instrumental); Sans End; Action Line; Paris Sur Le Toit (rap and vocal); Meditation.

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The Heart Wants

Label: Lateralize
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants; All Too Soon; Everything's Changing; I think You'd Better Go; Wise Words; Red Mary Janes & A Brand New Hat; Hold On; Life Inside; What If; Rainbow Sleeves; If Ever I Would Leave You: Weather The Storm.

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Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Chris May


In an inspired piece of programming, London's Barbican Centre presented the then virtually unknown harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet as one of the support bands on its November 18, 2017 one-nighter A Concert for Alice and John, a show headlined by Pharoah Sanders. It would be an exaggeration to say Bzhezhinska stole the show (see ...

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Grand Union Orchestra: Made By Human Hands

Read "Made By Human Hands" reviewed by Chris May


Grand Union Orchestra, which has mentored many young London jazz musicians over four decades, is approximately aligned with the grassroots organisations Tomorrow's Warriors and Kinetika Bloco. The longest established of the trio, Grand Union took wing in 1982, Tomorrow's Warriors in 1991, Kinetika Bloco in 2000. Made By Human Hands is a greatest hits compilation celebrating ...


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