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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

Manu Katché: Live in Concert review warm, engaging and melodic

The magnetic French-African drummer Manu Katchés music an amalgam of subtle world-grooves, glimpses of 1960s Blue Note jazz-funk, Scando-ambience and Miles Davis postbop - can sound cooler and more reserved than might be expected from a long-time rock

John Surman and Bergen Big Band: Another Sky review warmth creative patience

(Grappa)British saxophonist and composer John Surman is due to perform these orchestral pieces (reflecting this fine artists deep roots in English folk-song and classical music as well as straight-ahead jazz) with Norways Bergen Big Band at the EFG London

Jason Moran/Meshell Ndegeocellos All Rise: A Joyful Elegy review gripping tribute to Fats Waller

(Blue Note)Contemporary makeovers of the hits of classic-jazz legends can make you want to run for cover, but this celebration of the 1930s swing legacy of Thomas Fats Waller comes from a credible source: the incisive mind and cutting-edge methods of awa

Al Jarreau My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke

It would take this entire review, perhaps this entire page, to list all the musicians that the late pianist, composer and producer George Duke collaborated with and influenced across his five-decade career.