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Xhosa Cole

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Ibeji

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Doo-shima; C—L—A—V-E—; Andy's Shuffle; Jazz is About; Hear The; Dance of Ancestra; Masks-Rituals-Ancestors; Our Search For; Mark Skit #1; IG Live 20-04-2021; Native Tongues; CDC; Beat-9.wav; Double Displacement; Mark Skit #2; All Roads; AAC; Alhamdulilah; Ibeji.

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Article: Album Review

Xhosa Cole: Ibeji

Read "Ibeji" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Few places on the global jazz scene are enjoying the enthusiastic resurgence of the genre more than the UK. Names that are becoming more familiar—Binker Golding, Nubya Garcia, Idris Rahman, Shabaka Hutchings and others—have triggered something of a youth movement. Emerging in that group is yet another top-notch saxophonist, Xhosa Cole. Cole's sophomore release, Ibeji is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases

Read "Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Highlights from the European jazz scene plus a special focus on Ornette Coleman's direct and indirect inspiration of many contemporary musicians and on highly personal debut albums. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme" 0:00 Theorem of Joy “Atoll" L'hiver (Déluge) 0:16 Host talks 6:16 Mario Rom's Interzone “What You Say?" Eternal ...

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K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us

Label: Stoney Lane Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Zoltan; Blues Connotation; Manhattan; Played Twice; On A Misty Night; What’s New; Untitled Boogaloo.

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Article: Album Review

Xhosa Cole: K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us

Read "K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us" reviewed by Chris May


When tenor saxophonist Xhosa Cole won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year prize in 2018, Britain was introduced to a young player with formidable technique and a solid grasp of the post-John Coltrane African American tradition. Cole was then little known outside Birmingham, his hometown in England's Midlands, and he had developed independently of ...

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I Went This Way

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Start; Matched Up; Syncope; For Pauline; A Note.

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Article: Album Review

Alex Clarke Quartet: Mirage

Read "Mirage" reviewed by Chris May


The bi-annual Young Jazz Musician competition was launched by Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC, in 2014. As with all arts awards, the final selection tends to be a lottery, with the judges tasked with picking a winner from among five close-matched contestants. 2020 was no exception. The final was televised on November 22 and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Rachel Musson: I Went This Way

Read "I Went This Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Let's agree that, by a consensus of one, Debbie Sanders recital of saxophonist Rachel Musson's thought-through and through-read play-by- metaphoric-play/lecture on improvisation gets annoying as all hell so quickly that one may find oneself searching madly for a bonus instrumental version. But the music on saxophonist Musson's I Went This Way is an ambitious, teasingly ambiguous ...

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Article: Live Review

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Read "EFG London Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Luke Seabright


A truly great event that advocates for an art form like jazz will celebrate both its history and its younger incarnations. It can breathe life into the music's traditions while exposing new ways forward. The EFG London Jazz Festival, through its vast programme of concerts in venues across the city, succeeds in doing just that. This ...


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