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Tommy Andrews Quintet: The Crux (2014)

Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and rock climber Tommy Andrews is part of a burgeoning British jazz scene, a scene that's notable for its wide range of talented young players.

All About Jazz | Bruce Lindsay

Johnny Mbizo Dyani: Rejoice/Together CD review catchy songs and a party vibe

(Cadillac) Johnny Mbizo Dyani was a South African bassist and composer who came to London as an apartheid exile with his compatriots in the racially-mixed Blue Notes group in 1964, and played a key role in the creative impact they made on British...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Andrew McCormack Trio: First Light CD review sleek, convincing postbop-influenced arrival

(Edition) Since he adopted New York, the British pianist Andrew McCormack has accelerated beyond the strengths he had already displayed in Britain through the noughties. He likes the postbop jazz tradition and isn't in thrall to any current piano...

John Fordham | The Guardian

JC Sanford Orchestra: Views from the Inside forward-thinking swing jazz

(Whirlwind) Swing-based orchestral jazz long nourished by high-school bands, college courses and sponsorship in the US has taken longer to grow progressive hybrids in the music's first homeland. But with New York-based Darcy James Argue and now the...

John Fordham | The Guardian

The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons

Jazz and freemasonry are unlikely bedfellows, but in the 1950s, the secret society became a support network for musicians and the worlds largest fraternity for black men, among them Duke Ellington and Sun Ra When the City of London festival found...

John Lewis | The Guardian

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Every year there is a Monk International Competition put on by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

S. Victor Aaron | Something Else!

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

The widely-acclaimed pianist Fred Hersch has gotten quite comfortable making live records lately, and it’s hard to argue with the results.

S. Victor Aaron | Something Else!

Tribute-- Tim Hegarty

Tim Hegarty's Tribute CD is as much a salute to his receptiveness as a student as it is to the quality of his teachers during his formative years as a saxophonist, namely Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, and George Coleman.

Jazz Times | Scott Albin

Tim Hegarty: Tribute (2014)

Tim Hegarty's Tribute is an audible panegyric on the great saxophonist-composers.

All About Jazz | Dan Bilawsky

John Adams: City Noir, Saxophone Concerto – review

Composer combines the Californian film industry’s polyglot aesthetic with his own virtuoso orchestral technique.

Andrew Clark | The FT