Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records
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Sunday 06 February 2011
On his 22nd album for the label, and his second with this hot-to-trot, two-drummer band featuring Esperanza Spalding on bass, saxophonist Lovano confirms his status as the most consistently inventive soloist/leader in jazz.
Friday 31 December 2010
It's hard, after immersion in the rousing Fela Kuti box set, not to find this four-CD anthology culled from the jazz label CTI Records, as somewhat limp by comparison.
Sunday 12 December 2010
An exemplary account of how Brazilian music found its keenest popular focus in the 1960s, as a chic, modernistic jazz-inflected pop form of remarkable stylistic integrity.
Sunday 31 October 2010
Inspired pairing of leading mezzo-soprano and jazz pianist, or chi-chi crossover for the carriage trade?
Sunday 06 June 2010
Soon, jazz like this won’t exist any more.
Sunday 30 May 2010
The two albums by the ex-Ornette Coleman alumni-group Old and New Dreams are justly celebrated, but they're entirely outshone in this superb five-disc box-set by three relative obscurities:
Thursday 22 April 2010
Richard Young Gallery is launching a new exhibition of portraits by photographer Tim Motion.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Composer and bandleader Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77 fashions an homage to Ethiopiques-style African jazz and exotica, using offcuts of previously commissioned library music (the skeletons in his cupboard) as the primary source material.
Sunday 28 February 2010
Give some jazz musicians an orchestra to work with and you get scaled-up felt-tip sketches.
Wednesday 24 February 2010
Jazz star Jamie Cullum has landed a regular slot as a DJ on Radio 2, it was announced today.
Sunday 30 August 2009
In the past, the Wyoming-born singer-songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols has mixed country with soul and reggae, but this foray into drifting, downtempo jazz is a wonderful and surprising departure, the 13-song sequence of Strange Faith & Practice deepening as it goes.
Sunday 26 July 2009
A timely reappraisal for the monumental MJQ, whose reputation has rather slipped over the years.
Monday 22 June 2009
Work: Pirate radio while at university in Exeter, BBC local radio, then Jazz FM for 14 years. Joined BBC Radio 2 and 3 in 2004 for The Helen Mayhew Programme, Big Band Special, Jazz Line. Joining new digital radio station JazzFm on 1 July to present four jazz shows a week.
Life: Single, 49, lives in Buckinghamshire
Balance: It’s brilliant, I’m combining work with my passion, which is jazz
Sunday 14 June 2009
This is pure jazz gold-dust: rediscovered music by Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans written for Claude Thornhill's pre-Birth of the Cool orchestra and never released in complete form before.
Sunday 26 April 2009
Welcome to a new piano star. Better known as the long-standing musical partner of Kurt Elling, Hobgood arrives at the top jazz table with this atmospheric album of duets with bassist Charlie Haden plus two solo pieces and three vocals by Elling.
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