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Listen to Tell 'Em I'm Gone by Yusuf, also known as Cat Stevens

Artist releases his first album since 2009s Roadsinger, a declaration of freedom which features new material and covers reworked with strands of blues and rootsCat Stevens steps out for first US tour since 1976Cat Stevens tells Alexis Petridis why its...

Guardian music | The Guardian

Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It [Live In Portland] (2014)

Recorded over two nights in Portland's Ivories Jazz Lounge during late-2013, Before You Know It [Live In Portland] is pianist and composer Ezra Weiss' seventh album and his first live recording.

All About Jazz | Bruce Lindsay

Jeremy Pelt Quartet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – review

A terrific, intense performance from the US trumpeter and his collaborators.

Financial Times | Mike Hobart

LP REVIEW: Sun Ra and his Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra

Sun Ra and his Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra (Strut/Art Yard STRUT109LP. LP review by Andrew Cartmel)It’s a hundred years since Sun Ra — née Herman Poole ‘Sonny’ Blount — arrived on our planet (although Sun Ra never really admitted to being of this...

Andrew Cartmel | LondonJazz

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker: Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour review elegant, melancholy folk

(Folkroom)Sometimes my view is always imbued with melancholy hue, sings Josienne Clarke in the opening song here, Silverline. Thats something of an understatement, for this is an elegant concept album that explores different shades of misery. The folk...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were review indie-folk singer finds his darker side

(Island)During the summer of 2013, it seemed that every time one turned on TV festival coverage, there was Ben Howard. Only love! Only love! hed be crooning to a sea of mellow, Boden-clad revellers, seemingly the very model of the Waitrose indie-folk-...

Michael Hann | The Guardian

Sonic Halo: Review

This collaboration between two highly talented saxophonists has a lot to recommend it for those who like their jazz charming and sophisticated.

Tineke Postma and Greg Osby’s unique styles come through on every track on the album, meaning that...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

Yasmin Levy: Tango review Israeli singer takes on classic tangos to triumphant effect

Yasmin Levy has always specialised in drama and passion, at times annoyingly so, but now the Israeli singer has found the style that perfectly fits her powerful, theatrical performances and regal stage persona.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Album | Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap

Vashti Bunyan’s more than 30-year absence from popular music was almost as epic as Bill Fay’s. His numbered 41 years between albums. Vashti returned in 2005, 35 years after her debut record. These are certainly facts and cases worth examining.…Read...

Dominic J Stevenson | For Folk's Sake

Five new albums to try this week: The 2 Bears, Kindness and more

Stream five new albums from alt-rockers Ex Hex, thrash act Exodus and more and let us know what youll be listening to this weekWhy you should listen: This second album from the bear suit-wearing duo, comprised of Raf Rundell and Hot Chips Joe Goddard...

The Guardian | Tshepo Mokoena