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BOOK REVIEW: Evan Guilford-Blake - American Blues

Evan Guilford-Blake - American Blues (Holland House, 220pp., £14.99. Review by Chris Parker)This collection of five short stories from US playwright/poet/non-fiction writer Evan Guilford-Blake focuses on people in extremis: a dying saxophonist (‘Sonny’...


Claire Martin: Time and Place review subtle expertise

(Linn)Anyone with half an ear open to the elusive art of song interpretation will have recognised a subtle expert in UK vocalist Claire Martin over the past 25 years. But she has rarely sounded so commanding and moving on disc as on this unusual...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Gregory Porter Issues of Life: Features and Remixes review an absorbing chronicle

(Membran)Gregory Porter is an international singing star now, a luminary of the Blue Note record label (and a prominent guest on this weeks iTunes festival), but these songs and remixes catch some quirky collaborations from his life on the way up. It...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Settle – Ken Thomson &Slow/Fast: Review

Filled with contrasting styles, this album reveals a lot of technique and skill from everybody involved on this record.

Album opener ‘Settle’ gives the listener a clear indication of this and from the start makes no apologies about it. Some of...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

Wadada Leo Smith The Great Lakes Suites

Wadada Leo Smith continues to surprise after winning 2013's Pulitzer Prize for Music for Ten Freedom Summers. Smith has an extended relationship with Norway's TUM label and has issued a series of high-quality recordings for them in a variety of...

All Music | Thom Jurek

Dino Saluzzi Group El Valle de la Infancia

On the occasions when Dino Saluzzi convenes his family group, as he did previously for 1992’s Mojotoro and 2006’s Juan Condori, the Argentinean bandoneon master, now 79, turns reflective.

Jazz Times | Jeff Tamarkin

Sarah Moule: Songs from the Floating World review cool, elegant, immaculate

Together, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman made a perfect trio of talents and still do, even though Fran died three years ago.

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

Manu Katché: Live in Concert review warm, engaging and melodic

The magnetic French-African drummer Manu Katchés music an amalgam of subtle world-grooves, glimpses of 1960s Blue Note jazz-funk, Scando-ambience and Miles Davis postbop - can sound cooler and more reserved than might be expected from a long-time rock...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Jason Moran/Meshell Ndegeocellos All Rise: A Joyful Elegy review gripping tribute to Fats Waller

(Blue Note)Contemporary makeovers of the hits of classic-jazz legends can make you want to run for cover, but this celebration of the 1930s swing legacy of Thomas Fats Waller comes from a credible source: the incisive mind and cutting-edge methods of...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Sarah Jane Morris: Bloody Rain review cold fury and compassion

(Fallen Angel)Sarah Jane Morris has had many roles over the years Communards hit-maker, jazz crooner, Brechtian big band diva the common thread being an octave-leaping voice brimming with drama and passion. Here she hits a career high with an album...

Neil Spencer | The Guardian