Issues of Life - Features and Remixes - Gregory Porter

A compilation of superstar Soul-Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter's best "features and remixes" with artists like David Murray, Zbonics and Brian Jackson (of Gil Scott-Heron fame), including four previously unreleased tracks. Gregory Porter is one of the mo

Settle – Ken Thomson &Slow/Fast: Review

Filled with contrasting styles, this album reveals a lot of technique and skill from everybody involved on this record. Album opener ‘Settle’ gives the listener a clear indication of this and from the start makes no apologies about it. Some of the

Bobby Wellins/Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Culloden Moor Suite review inspiring

(Spartacus)Scotlands Spartacus label was naturally going to choose this week to release the Scottish National Jazz Orchestras remake of Bobby Wellinss 1963 Culloden Moor Suite. Whether or not the romantic defiance in Wellinss often pipe-like sound influen

Claire Martin: Time and Place review subtle expertise

(Linn)Anyone with half an ear open to the elusive art of song interpretation will have recognised a subtle expert in UK vocalist Claire Martin over the past 25 years. But she has rarely sounded so commanding and moving on disc as on this unusual session,

Gregory Porter Issues of Life: Features and Remixes review an absorbing chronicle

(Membran)Gregory Porter is an international singing star now, a luminary of the Blue Note record label (and a prominent guest on this weeks iTunes festival), but these songs and remixes catch some quirky collaborations from his life on the way up. It incl

Wadada Leo Smith The Great Lakes Suites

Wadada Leo Smith continues to surprise after winning 2013's Pulitzer Prize for Music for Ten Freedom Summers. Smith has an extended relationship with Norway's TUM label and has issued a series of high-quality recordings for them in a variety of contexts.

BOOK REVIEW: Evan Guilford-Blake - American Blues

Evan Guilford-Blake - American Blues (Holland House, 220pp., £14.99. Review by Chris Parker)This collection of five short stories from US playwright/poet/non-fiction writer Evan Guilford-Blake focuses on people in extremis: a dying saxophonist (‘Sonny

Dino Saluzzi Group El Valle de la Infancia

On the occasions when Dino Saluzzi convenes his family group, as he did previously for 1992’s Mojotoro and 2006’s Juan Condori, the Argentinean bandoneon master, now 79, turns reflective.

Songs from the Floating World - Sarah Moule

On 'Songs From The Floating World', acclaimed jazz singer Sarah Moule has recorded seven new songs by composer and pianist Simon Wallace and lyricist Fran Landesman, alongside a new lyric by Julie Burchill, two blues numbers and imaginative reworkings of

Manu Katche: Live in Concert - Manu Katche

After a four album stint with ECM, French/Ivorian percussionist Manu Katché releases his ACT debut, recorded on an electrifying evening (in June 2014) in the famed Parisian club New Morning. Katché and his quartet played some 130 concerts last year, whi