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Brian Lemon obituary

Jazz pianist who accompanied the stars and was an arranger, bandleader and soloistFor the better part of half a century, Brian Lemon, who has died aged 77, was the jazz pianist of choice for British all-star groups, as well as for visiting American...

Peter Vacher | 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

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

John Coltrane: Offering: Live at Temple University review a fearsome live inferno from 1966

(Impulse)Coltrane was nine months away from death at 40 when this music was recorded, a year after he had dissolved his breakout quartet including McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Previously undiscovered, and co-produced by Ravi Coltrane and writer Ashley...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Before you know it (Live in Portland) – Ezra Weiss Sextet: Review

This live album recording is the first that the pianist has produced and features beautifully smooth performances from all involved.

The first track on the album ‘Winter Machine’ lays the foundations of the rest of the record: perfectly smooth...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

Tina May: My Kinda Love review sheer mastery of the jazz idiom

(Hep)Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody, such as Im Through with Love, and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless...

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

Flying Lotus: Youre Dead! review concept album jazzes up the afterlife

(Warp)Youre Dead! is a radical concept album in which Flying Lotus explores the idea of afterlife through gross sonic mysticism, smelting that missing link between George Dukes 70s fusion with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The icon of psychedelic West...

The Guardian | Theo Leanse

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