Jazz

The 12 best jazz albums of 2014

CDs from Herbie Hancock and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are among the best jazz albums of 2014.

The 12 best jazz albums of 2014

CDs from Herbie Hancock and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are among the best jazz albums of 2014.

CD REVIEW: Charlie Haden & Jim Hall - Charlie Haden-Jim Hall

Charlie Haden & Jim Hall – Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (Impulse! / Renaissance. CD review by Andy Boeckstaens)Bass icon Charlie Haden and guitar legend Jim Hall were well known for working in duet format, but this previously-unissued CD from the Montreal In

Joe Sample, of The Crusaders, dies aged 75

Joe Sample, the piano player who formed The Crusaders and who co-wrote Street Life for Randy Crawford, dies.

Mulatu Astatke, Royal Festival Hall

It was Jim Jarmusch’s film Broken Flowers that first really got Mulatu Astatke major Western attention – in same way that Angelo Baladementi’s music for Twin Peaks gave a rich and strange dimension to David Lynch’s TV epic, there was an even great

Another Sky - John Surman, Bergen Big Band

The British composer and jazz saxophonist John Surman has been regarded as one of the foremost European jazz musicians since the beginning of his career in the early 1960s. On 'Another Sky' he performs six of his own compositions, plus one Thelonious Monk

The Blue Yusef Lateef - Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef (b. 1920), a multi-instrumentalist who is equally skilled on tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe, is also a multiculturalist whose musical interests have long gone beyond jazz, a word he disdains. An innovator in mixing world music influences in

Sarah Moule: Songs from the Floating World review cool, elegant, immaculate

Together, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman made a perfect trio of talents and still do, even though Fran died three years ago.

Sarah Jane Morris: Bloody Rain review cold fury and compassion

(Fallen Angel)Sarah Jane Morris has had many roles over the years Communards hit-maker, jazz crooner, Brechtian big band diva the common thread being an octave-leaping voice brimming with drama and passion. Here she hits a career high with an album dedi

CD Review: Yusef Lateef – The Blue Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef – The Blue Yusef Lateef (Atlantic/Music on Vinyl MOVLP 1139. LP review by Andrew Cartmel)Recorded by Yusef Lateef (1920-2013) in April 1968 at RCA studios in New York, some seven years after his magnum opus Eastern Sounds, this is a standou