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CD REVIEW: Mark Nightingale and Alastair White- The Sound of Jay and Kai

The two -trombone with three rhythm format, in which trombonists JJ Johnson (Jay) and Kai Winding made several albums in the period 1954-1969, is one that is not often heard these days, so all credit to trombonists Mark Nightingale and Alastair White...

Frank Griffith | LondonJazz

Adult Jazz: Gist Is review sublime and ridiculous experimental indie

(Spare Thought)Self-released, self-produced and self-recorded in a studio they built themselves (whether they whittled their own instruments, we do not know), these Leeds newcomers are devout about DIY. That spirit of independence is mirrored in the...

Harriet Gibsone | The Guardian

Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity review music that blazes, uplifts and unnerves

(ESP-Disk)Albert Ayler was the 1960s African-American sax revolutionary whose vision for a new jazz sound expressed the rhythms and inflections of traditional street marches and spirituals through an uninhibitedly raw and searing tone that writer Amiri...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Farmers By Nature: Love and Ghosts review breathtakingly fluent free jazz

(Alum Fidelity)This double set, recorded at two French concerts, is the third release from Farmers By Nature, the all-improv US trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn. For improv listeners who like to hear jazz...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Farmers By Nature: Love and Ghosts review breathtakingly fluent free jazz

(Alum Fidelity)This double set, recorded at two French concerts, is the third release from Farmers By Nature, the all-improv US trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn. For improv listeners who like to hear jazz...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity review music that blazes, uplifts and unnerves

(ESP-Disk)Albert Ayler was the 1960s African-American sax revolutionary whose vision for a new jazz sound expressed the rhythms and inflections of traditional street marches and spirituals through an uninhibitedly raw and searing tone that writer Amiri...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Dave Douglas/Uri Caine: Present Joys review hymns meet jazz on excellent collaboration

(Greenleaf)Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine share a lot big techniques, innovative intelligence, multi-genre fluency and connections with John Zorn, for starters but this melodious balance of old Protestant hymn themes, postbop swing and...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Janette Mason: D'Ranged review classic R&B and soul with a jazz twist

(Fireball)Janette Mason, the UK-based session pianist and composer, doesn't play as much jazz as the cognoscenti might like and this almost entirely vocal set of classic R&B and soul hits keeps her fluent postbop chops even more modestly disguised...

John Fordham | The Guardian

Space is the place again as a new generation of artists embrace Afrofuturism

Janelle Monáe has taken the philosophy into the mainstream, while the likes of Flying Lotus are pushing the spirit of Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix further forwardEarlier this year, the producer King Britt picked up his phone and started dialling. He was...

Lanre Bakare | The Guardian

Sten Sandell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Jacana review fearless jazz improv

(Rune Grammofon)Health and safety warning this is a completely improvised live set from the duo of Norwegian percussion volcano Paal Nilssen-Love and Swedish pianist Sten Sandell. Jacana, recorded at Norway's Kongsberg jazz festival last year,...

John Fordham | The Guardian