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Lou Donaldson: Live - Ronnie Scott's

A true jazz legend, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson was acclaimed from the mid-fifties onwards as taking forward the sound and concept of that other alto saxophone legend Charlie Parker. From the noteworthy live debut of Jazz Messengers ‘A Night at Birdl

Rachelle Ferrell: Live - Ronnie Scott's

Rachelle Ferrell is a recent arrival on the contemporary jazz scene, but her visibility on the pop / urban contemporary scene has boosted her audience's interest in her jazz recordings.

Bill Laurance Trio: Live - Ronnie Scott's

Bill is a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer and arranger based in London. Trained at the University of Leeds, Bill has been working professionally since he was 14. He currently co-writes his own project THE FIX; an electronic duo and is an orig

Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio: Live - Ronnie Scott's

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, D

Jerry Dammers's Spatial AKA Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble) review profound, ecstatic and moving

Barbican, LondonDammers melds Sun Ra's musical legacy with ska, Dixieland jazz and Jamaican pop in a majestic four-hour showWhile the Specials have latterly reunited without founder Jerry Dammers for a series of tours, their former leader has been pursuin

Five review wonderfully clever improvisation from Kirk Knuffke and Jesse Stacken

(SteepleChase)It's difficult to imagine two jazz composers more unalike than Bill Evans and Carla Bley one soft and delicate, the other all hard outlines and sharp angles. But these two musicians manage to get inside half a dozen pieces by each with equa

Bestiole - Pulcinella

Pulcinella shares its name with a character from the Commedia dell'Arte—he figures rather charmingly on the band's website—and declares its mix of jazz, rock, tango and Baltic traditions to be "delocalised jazz." Presumably this refers to the music's

Tommy Andrews: The Crux review free-flowing, idiom-mingling debut

(Jellymould)Former Guildhall School saxophonist Tommy Andrews is only 25, but he's performed with the BBC Big Band, worked with Howard Goodall, and played sessions on The X Factor and with pop group McFly. All seven pieces here as different as the spacio

Noel Langley: Edentide review an open-minded master's solo debut

(Suntara)Noel Langley, the virtuoso crossover trumpeter, has played with stars Radiohead, Massive Attack and Adele to Michael Nyman and Graham Fitkin, and he's also a Loose Tubes member. As a jazz player, he has something of Kenny Wheeler's patient audaci

Pulcinella: Bestiole review wild but immaculately played jazz

(Yellowbird/Enja)Pulcinella are a variously hectic, painterly and atmospheric accordion- and sax-led quartet, and on this irrepressible set, they are augmented by trombone and mandolin. Bestiole suggests a kind of Gallic Led Bib, as fairground-roundabout