Damian Rafferty takes a look back on some of the seminal releases and trends that shaped this turbulent year.Read more "Editor’s End of the Year Round Up"
The short answer is no and then yes. Easily the most perceptive and stimulating critique of jazz for a very long time indeed. Nicholson argues convincingly that jazz has ossified in the states under the iron grip of the neo-cons of jazz while away from home it has blossomed and flourished
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While 2005 has thrown up an almost limitless supply of Afro-beat compilations, the hot sound on the streets of Lagos has long been Fuji. Adé Bantu was born and grew up in Nigeria but moved to Cologne where he made a name for himself on the German hip hop scene. Hooking up with the cream […]Read more "Bantu feat. Ayuba – Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash in Lagos"
The next big thing on the traditional circuit or an overhyped new voice? Possibly a bit of both. There is no denying the musicianship of Athena Andreadis and her trio but this initial offering sometimes lacks biteRead more "Athena – Snapshot (EP)"