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Various Artists: Real World 25 review a fitting tribute to a game-changing label

Happy birthday to Real World, launched 25 years ago by Peter Gabriel, and one of the most adventurous of the great British record labels..

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Goat: Psychedelia is music that is free

If Slipknot dug Sun Ra they’d sound like this: meet the masked minstrels beaming cosmic vibes from Gothenburg.

Phil Hebblethwaite | The Guardian

John Scofield/Medeski, Martin & Wood: Juice review an elevated pub band with an accessible repertoire

(Okeh)Those enamoured of the gag about rock guitarists playing three chords to thousands of people and jazz guitarists thousands of chords to three people have to call it quits when it comes to John Scofield, a multi-chordal jazz guitarist who can...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Sam Amidon: Lily-O review subtle and intriguing

(Nonesuch)Sam Amidons new set of reimagined folk songs is a compellingly quiet, intense affair that is remarkable both for the power of his understated, no-nonsense and often mournful vocals, and for the subtle arrangements that bring an urgency to his...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

BOOK/ CD REVIEW: Chilly Gonzales: Re-Introduction Etudes

Chilly Gonzales: Re-Introduction Etudes( Éditions Bourgès R EBR 525. Book and CD review by Alison Bentley ) Chilly Gonzales (the Canadian pianist and composer formerly known as Jason Beck) has written a book of 24 short piano pieces aimed at...

Alison Bentley | LondonJazz

First Aid Kit, Royal Albert Hall - music review: 'Sweden's sister duo delivered rock-solid songs with golden voices'

This was a thoroughly family affair with dad Benkt operating the sound desk, and sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg's golden vocals but they all seemed immediately at home in the large surroundings of the Albert Hall.

Evening Standard | Rick Pearson

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.

Ivan Hewett and Martin Chilton | The Telegraph

GoGo Penguin – v2.0

For all of its faults – and there are many – one of the main selling points of the annual Mercury Prize is its ability to shed light on artists that are relatively unknown to the masses and give them some much needed exposure.

Andy Baber | Music OMH

Chris Byars: The Music of Duke Jordan review exactly the full, mellow sound required

(SteepleChase)Classic bebop was never strong on formal composition, but Duke Jordan, who died in 2006, was a rare exception. Best known as Charlie Parkers late-40s pianist, he had a wonderful melodic flair that came out in his solos. He turned to...

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

Kathryn Tickell & The Side review atmospheric folk with classical accents

Classical accents have proved fruitful for British folk in recent years (Lau, Unthanks).

Neil Spencer | The Guardian