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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

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

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