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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

CD REVIEW: Charlie Haden & Jim Hall - Charlie Haden-Jim Hall

Charlie Haden & Jim Hall – Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (Impulse! / Renaissance. CD review by Andy Boeckstaens)Bass icon Charlie Haden and guitar legend Jim Hall were well known for working in duet format, but this previously-unissued CD from the...

Andy Boeckstaens | LondonJazz

Mulatu Astatke, Royal Festival Hall

It was Jim Jarmusch’s film Broken Flowers that first really got Mulatu Astatke major Western attention – in same way that Angelo Baladementi’s music for Twin Peaks gave a rich and strange dimension to David Lynch’s TV epic, there was an even greater...

Peter Culshaw | The Artsdesk

Joe Sample, of The Crusaders, dies aged 75

Joe Sample, the piano player who formed The Crusaders and who co-wrote Street Life for Randy Crawford, dies.

Martin Chilton | The Telegraph

John Surman and Bergen Big Band: Another Sky review warmth creative patience

(Grappa)British saxophonist and composer John Surman is due to perform these orchestral pieces (reflecting this fine artists deep roots in English folk-song and classical music as well as straight-ahead jazz) with Norways Bergen Big Band at the EFG...

John Fordham | The Guardian