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Jason Sharp – ‘The Turning Centre Of A Still World’ – “deeply atmospheric jazz meditation”

Jason Sharp – ‘The Turning Centre Of A Still World’ – “deeply atmospheric jazz meditation”

Ross McGibbon August 30, 2021 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS 27th August 2021 A solo album from an electro-acoustic composer and saxophonist from Montreal, this is warm and atmospheric, full of character and incident whilst still washing round the body like a

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Xhosa Cole – ‘K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us’ – “exciting debut of a talented sax player with a band to match”

Xhosa Cole – ‘K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us’ – “exciting debut of a talented sax player with a band to match”

Ross McGibbon July 25, 2021 0

STONEY LANE RECORDS 30th July 2021 Xhosa Cole’s debut is superb – contemporary but with a handle you can grab if you’ve heard anything from the fifties onwards in jazz land. The opener is

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Miles Davis – ‘Merci Miles! Live At Vienne’ – “First release of one of Miles’ swansongs”

Miles Davis – ‘Merci Miles! Live At Vienne’ – “First release of one of Miles’ swansongs”

Ross McGibbon June 29, 2021 0

RHINO RECORDS    25th June 2021  on Vinyl and CD Miles Davis was a compulsive re-inventor, changing his music in seismic ways; each way bringing new fans and sometimes losing old ones. Equal to the electric

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Charles Mingus – ‘At Carnegie Hall’ – “epic blowing fest from 1974 gets full release at last”

Charles Mingus – ‘At Carnegie Hall’ – “epic blowing fest from 1974 gets full release at last”

Ross McGibbon June 25, 2021 0

WARNER MUSIC         11th June 2021 This 1974 concert is getting its first full release and on a 3 LP vinyl set (or 2 CD). It had a partial release in the seventies, but only the

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Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ – confirmation of the breadth of a major vocal talent

Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ – confirmation of the breadth of a major vocal talent

Ross McGibbon January 29, 2021 0

POLYDOR RECORDS      29th Jan, 2021 It’s been a strange year for Celeste. In some ways her skywards trajectory has been slowed by COVID-19, in other ways she has flourished despite it all. Gathering plenty of

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Johanna Burnheart – BURNHEART

Johanna Burnheart – BURNHEART

Ross McGibbon November 26, 2020 0

ROPEADOPE RECORDS 30 October 2020 British jazz in a very healthy place right now, despite the lack of live music and, paradoxically, part of the evidence is this German violinist, singer and composer. We’ve

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Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Charles Tolliver – ‘Connect’ – fresh and bright but channeling a classic groove

Ross McGibbon July 29, 2020 0

GEARBOX RECORDS     31ST July 2020 London label, Gearbox Records, have been flying the flag high for UK artists as well as the US releases and this continues the very high quality output. Jazz is

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JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

JZ Replacement – ‘Disrespectful’ – can jazz deal with another sax and drums duo?

Ross McGibbon March 12, 2020 0

RAINY DAYS RECORDS       13th March 2020 Jazz is experiencing a major resurgence at the moment, thanks partly to the burgeoning London scene and the enthusiasm of the students at specialist colleges like Leeds. Jazz

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TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – ‘Rejoice’ – it might be posthumous but it is full of jazzy life

Ross McGibbon March 9, 2020 0

WORLD CIRCUIT RECORDS      20th March 2020 Thankfully, like so many prolific jazz musicians, being dead hasn’t prevented Hugh Masekela releasing more excellent music. Tony Allen, the Nigerian drumming legend dug out his tapes of sessions

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MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

MATANA ROBERTS – “COIN COIN CHAPTER FOUR: MEMPHIS” – shattering poetic vision and powerful jazz

Ross McGibbon October 16, 2019 0

CONSTELLATION RECORDS       18th October 2019 An absolutely fascinating album, combining spoken word, songs, poetry, structured jazz, a country fiddle and freeform jazz. Riveting me to the sound, Matana Roberts weaves fragments of the life of

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