The best night’s jazz in many a year at the BarbicanRead more "Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Barbican (Live Review)"
One of the year’s undisputed highlights so far. A joy from beginning to end. Diverse, funky, challenging and freshRead more "Mdungu – Afro What?"
Brecon Jazz Festival is now all about the music and it shows. We went off to Wales to see for ourselvesRead more "Brecon Jazz Festival 2009 – Round Up"
Charlie GIllett scoops up yet again the tracks you loved but never got round to owning and those that would otherwise have entirely slipped past you unnoticed like so many logs floating down the Niger in the middle of the nightRead more "V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Otro Mundo (Another World)"
Some stories never get to be told properly. At last ours has been.Read more "From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene – Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove (Book)"
Another little gem from ESP Disk. The Levitts are in fact a musical family about whom not a great deal has been written it would seem. Perhaps their habit of jumping from one genre to another was too much for audiences to build loyalty at the end of the sixtiesRead more "Levitts – We Are The Levitts"
Jazz Ninja Chris Bowden delivers a sinuous and enjoyable album of familiar tunes in original treatmentsRead more "Chris Bowden’s The Tomorrow Band – 2 To Get Set"
Before Obama, Tiger Woods and even Martin Luther-King was an African American hero whose stature is undiminished sixty years later. Bird may have been an alcoholic junkie in and out of pawn shops for most of his too short life but he was also the musical lightning rod of black America, a man whose influence […]Read more "Charlie Parker – Bird in Time 1940 – 1947"
Dingwalls: crap name, great venue. And so it proved to be once more with a band of nomadic northerners with feet in Leeds and others in Italy, Bangladesh, the Punjab and Tottenham. The band is called SamayRead more "Samay – Dingwalls (Live Review)"
‘Death Jazz’ may be a term already pregnant with its own demise but nonetheless, the most thrilling jazz of the millennium was at the Camden Roundhouse tonightRead more "Death Jazz – Neil Cowley Trio & ‘Soil & Pimp’ Sessions, Roundhouse (Live Review)"