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Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

Dammers and his ensemble – which included top British jazz names – paid epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music.

Financial Times | Mike Hobart

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...

Stevie Chick | The Guardian

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...

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

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...

John Fordham | The Guardian

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...

John Fordham | The Guardian

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-...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circle

The evolution of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his relationship with ECM Records has always been more about expansion rather than linear forward motion.

All About Jazz | John Kelman

Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circles – review

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's quartet sounded discreetly funkier than formerly on their 2012 album, The Well, and another veil of that discretion is peeled off with Extended Circles – a delicious collage of hypnotic grooving, softly stroked gospel...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Tord Gustavsen Quartet Extended Circle

Norwegian pianist-composer Tord Gustavsen creates music like nothing else in jazz today, and his new quartet recording, Extended Circle, is a vivid illustration of the singularity of his take on the form.

Jazz Times | Matt R. Lohr

Jon Hassell: City: Works of Fiction (Expanded Edition)

Originally released in 1990 on Brian Eno's forward-thinking Opal Records and reissued again, two years later, on All Saints Records, Jon Hassell's City: Works of Fiction was the trumpeter/keyboardist/conceptualist's fourth "official" installment in the...

All About Jazz | John Kelman