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Fire! Orchestra: Enter review overheated but powerful

(Rune Grammofon)Sweden's 28-piece Fire! Orchestra comprise jazz, improv and avant-rock players. They often sound like an exciting throwback to two cult manifestations of this kind of giant crossover lineup from earlier times: UK pianist Keith Tippett's...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros Years review undistracted creativity

(Warner Bros)This three-CD set brings together all the music Herbie Hancock recorded for Warners between leaving Miles Davis in 1969 and the beginning of his hitmaking Headhunters period in 1972. When the Mwandishi sextet (which recorded the second of...

John Fordham | The Guardian

The Sound of Jay & Kai review Mark Nightingale and Alistair White are the technical equals of the 50s masters

This pair of top British trombonists are too young to have heard the original virtuoso duo of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding live, but not only have they got the sound off to a tee, they are technically the equal of the 50s masters.

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

CD Review: Neil Cowley Trio - Touch and Flee

What do you do when, like Neil Cowley, you’ve created an exciting new sound and cornered the market in radio- and audience-friendly, chords-by-the-dozen, riff-friendly pop jazz?

LondonJazz | Rob Mallows

Magos & Limon Dawn

She is Magos Herrera, arguably the finest contemporary jazz singer to emerge from Mexico, a heady blend of Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall.

Christopher Loudon | Jazz Times

John Coltrane: Offering: Live At Temple University (2014)

Discovering unheard John Coltrane material is the Holy Grail for serious music devotees, and the imminent release (Sept.23,2014) of a 1966 live date in the form of Offering: Live at Temple University on the Impulse! label (in conjunction with Resonance...

All About Jazz | Robert Bush

Ahmad Jamal & Yusef Lateef: Live At The Olympia (2014)

Ahmad Jamal's live performances have been well represented in his discography over the past sixty years.

All About Jazz | Ian Patterson

Myriad3: The Where (2014)

Myriad3—the Toronto-based trio of pianist Chris Donnelly, bassist Dan Fortin, and drummer Ernesto Cervini—may be the most noteworthy small group to emerge from Canada in years.

All About Jazz | Dan Bilawsky

Marius Neset/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Lion review intricately woven and exciting

Powerful young Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset is imminently due in the UK (leading the superb Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's on 18 August), and the big-band gig will display this intricately woven, exciting music, written...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Susanna/Jenny Hval: Meshes of Voice review an exultant experience

(SusannaSonata)Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanna Wallumrød doesn't flinch from raw emotional realities, but she usually traverses them with a seraphic, pure-toned calm. Conversely, Jenny Hval (Susanna's compatriot, and a poet and novelist as well as...

John Fordham | The Guardian