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  1. July 25, 2014

    Baalbeck festival, Lebanon

    When the lights go up at the Temple of Bacchus on Wednesday, and the orchestra of Assi El Helani sounds its first notes, a...

  2. December 8, 2013

    Kit Downes Trio/Pablo Held Trio, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – review

    This double bill of piano trios sharing equal status opened with Kit Downes rippling through a harmonic sequence of his own...

  1. December 3, 2013

    Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 – review

    Herbie Hancock is so relaxed and unshowy a performer, so at ease with his craft, that it would be easy to underestimate his...

  2. November 22, 2013

    Antonio Farao American Quartet: Evan

    Italian pianist Antonio Farao’s lovely American Quartet recording pulsates with supple rhythm and give-and-take dynamics...

  3. May 15, 2013

    International Jazz Day, Hagia Eirene, Istanbul – review

    Herbie Hancock, for decades a part of the firmament of jazz, marvelled at the 1,700-year-old church in which he would soon...

  4. May 7, 2013

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Gloucestershire, UK – review

    The long-running Cheltenham Jazz Festival has always fluidly negotiated the terrain between popular appeal and the demands...

  5. April 8, 2013

    Phronesis, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

    The power piano-jazz trio Phronesis, led by Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, released their first album in 2007, were nominated...

  6. November 16, 2012

    Staple moods

    Herbie Hancock’s Monday night gig at the Royal Festival Hall marked his first solo appearance in the UK. He entered to a...

  7. May 15, 2012

    Robert Glasper Experiment, Barbican, London

    Robert Glasper released his first album Mood in 2004, and since then has led the way in balancing jazz freedoms with the...

  8. April 6, 2012

    ‘It’s just jazz’

    Chris Potter is the stand-out tenor sax technician of our times, with the same hard-edged fluency, harmonic know-how and...

  9. September 30, 2011

    Mingus via Mos Def

    Jazz and rap are such natural bedfellows that it seems right that even the names of the genres that best fit together –...

  10. August 1, 2011

    Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, UK

    The gods of Womad played their hand capriciously this year. Bellowhead and the Easy Star All-Stars, reliable crowd-pleasers,...

  11. March 25, 2011

    The Trio of OZ, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    The Trio of OZ – O for drummer Omar Hakim and Z for pianist Rachel Z, with Solomon Dorsey on bass at this gig – interpret...

  12. December 17, 2010

    Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

    Toots Thielemans European Quartet Live (Challenge) Toots Thielemans’ torch-song emotions and quick-witted improvisations...

  13. November 14, 2010

    Party pieces as birthday gifts

    The celebration of a century of song that opened the London Jazz Festival, under the title Jazz Voice, was something of a...

  14. November 5, 2010

    Hancock’s hour

    Herbie Hancock: ‘[Music] shows the other side of the human spirit, the imagining of a brighter future’ It was in 1963 that...

  15. July 31, 2010

    Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project

    Herbie Hancock The Imagine Project (Sony) The contrast between Hancock’s delicate harmonic tapestry and Pink’s hoarse...

  16. January 28, 2010

    Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Encouraged by her mentor, the percussionist and composer Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrington moved to New York in 1983,...

  17. June 30, 2009

    Musical eminence grise

    In every successful monarchy, there is a power behind the throne, and for Kings of Leon – perhaps the biggest young rock...

  18. April 24, 2009

    Ron Carter's Foursight

    Ron Carter was the bass player in Miles Davis's propulsive 1960s quintet, which featured Herbie Hancock on piano and Wayne...

  19. April 24, 2009

    Ron Carter’s Foursight, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Ron Carter was the bass player in Miles Davis’s propulsive 1960s quintet, which featured Herbie Hancock on piano and Wayne...

  20. March 23, 2009

    Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Kings Place, London

    This young Polish piano trio first drew international acclaim while accompanying the wistful trumpet veteran Tomasz Stanko....

  21. November 28, 2008

    All Star Circle

    The full title of this energising, clubby quartet gig was The Music of Herbie Hancock , with respected LA all-rounder John...

  22. November 27, 2008

    All Star Circle, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    The full title of this energising, clubby quartet gig was The Music of Herbie Hancock, with respected LA all-rounder John...

  23. November 22, 2008

    Herbie Hancock/ Chris Potter/ Richard Galliano

    Herbie Hancock's fine-tuned balance of art and commerce has made him one of jazz's most popular and trenchant artists. At...

  24. November 15, 2008

    Live music

    TV on the Radio November 16, ABC Glasgow, then touring TV on the Radio's Dear Science is one of the albums of the year,...

  25. November 15, 2008

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Herbie Hancock Then and Now Verve If you want to find out why the legendary pianist/ composer is so highly regarded, this...

  26. November 10, 2008

    Arts around the world

    London London Jazz Festival Having evolved out of the Camden Festival in the 1970s, the London Jazz Festival eventually...

  27. November 8, 2008

    World - David Honigmann

    Mamadou Diabaté Douga Mansa World Village This has been the year of the kora, in every conceivable setting and every...

  28. November 1, 2008

    Rhapsody and Blues

    The umbrella of populist billings and new commissions that shelters the London Jazz Festival's nightly clutch of top-notch...

  29. November 1, 2008

    London Jazz Festival

    The umbrella of populist billings and new commissions that shelters the London Jazz Festival’s nightly clutch of top-notch...

  30. September 13, 2008

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Carlos Pontual Instrumental Social Curve Brazilian guitarist Carlos Pontual's worldly mix of studio technology, live...

  31. July 6, 2008

    The riff of the Bosphorus

    The Istanbul Jazz Festival embraces roots, rock and Latin along with the jazz hardcore, and this year – the 15th – the dozen...

  32. April 12, 2008

    New York Philharmonic/Lang Lang

    It wasn't an ordinary garden-variety concert on Wednesday at Lincoln Center. This, after all, was Lang Lang night. The...

  33. March 29, 2008

    JAZZ - MIKE HOBART

    Lionel Loueke Karibu Blue Note The Benin-born guitarist/ vocalist Lionel Loueke's fusion of modernity and tradition...

  34. December 15, 2007

    FROM THE PLANTATION

    1. A rarity among 2007's deluge of vocal-jazz releases, newcomer Jennifer Sanon matched trumpeter Wynton Marsalis's...

  35. September 29, 2007

    JAZZ MIKE HOBART

    Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve After the exquisite opening tapestry of Herbie Hancock's brushwork- supported...

  36. September 22, 2007

    Jazz

    Pat Metheny Secret Story Nonesuch Pat Metheny's tonal warmth and accommodation of rock influences have dominated jazz guitar...

  37. May 22, 2007

    Virtuosity in an African key

    Like many of the performers at this year's London African Music Festival, the Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke trades in...

  38. May 21, 2007

    Lionel Loueke, Purcell Room, London

    Like many of the performers at this year’s London African Music Festival, Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke trades in global...

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