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Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane first caught the attention of world renowned DJ Gilles Peterson on the release of her self- produced EP in 2010 so much so he released her debut album “Until Tomorrow” (and subsequent albums) on his label Brownswood Recordings in 2011. Her second album “If You Knew Her” (2014) saw her blossom as a lyrically conscious songwriter and set her apart as one to watch on the UK Jazz scene. Zara’s impact is reflected in being awarded Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Award (2018 & 2015), Session of the Year at Worldwide Awards (2018), Best Jazz Act at Urban Music Awards (2015) and Best Jazz at MOBO Awards (2014)

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Article: Album Review

Binker & Moses: Feeding The Machine

Read "Feeding The Machine" reviewed by Chris May


Many of us who are fully paid-up intravenous-feed junkies for Binker and Moses would be happy if the semi-free London duo stuck to their well-honed paradigm of acoustic visceralism until The Time Of The Last Persecution. Tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, however, have been restless for a while, wanting to reconfigure their music. ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...

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Article: Album Review

Run Logan Run: For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers

Read "For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophone and drums albums have been at the heart of London's alternative jazz scene since its first stirrings around 2015. That year, saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, then members of singer Zara McFarlane's backing band, started tossing riffs and beats back and forth to each other during pre-gig soundchecks. In ...

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Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2

Read "Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the last hour, we explored the new London scene anchored by a broadly diverse set of players who share encouragement by the innovative educational group Tomorrow's Warriors. We featured music by Nubya Garcia, one of three tenor stars who are breaking out of the scene and in this hour we'll turn our attention to the ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1

Read "Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


The past decade has been a great one for lovers of jazz singing with most of the exciting music coming from women vocalists. In this hour and the next of Jazz at 100 Today! we'll survey 20 releases from 15 female vocalists who range from the rediscovered vintage jazz of Catherine Russell to the powerful hybrid ...

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Article: Album Review

Soothsayers: We Are Many

Read "We Are Many" reviewed by Chris May


Straddling jazz, Afrobeat, conscious reggae and dub, South London's Soothsayers is among the top ten must-see attractions on Britain's club circuit (on hold for the duration). Soothsayers can make the lame not merely walk, but dance. We Are Many is the band's ninth studio album and it is a superbly well-realized production, up there with an ...

Album

Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

Label: Brownswood Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Everything Is Connected; Black Treasure; My Story, Broken Water; Saltwater; Run Of Your Life; State Of Mind; Native Nomad; Roots Of Freedom; Future Echoes.


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