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    1. July 31, 2015

      The Life of a Song: ‘Watermelon Man’

      When the American pianist Herbie Hancock was composing the soul jazz classic “Watermelon Man” for his 1962 Blue Note...

    2. July 8, 2015

      Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, Barbican, London — review

      The last time Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock went on the road as a duo was in 1978. That tour produced CoreaHancock, a...

    1. June 10, 2015

      Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, Barbican, London — review

      It can be hard to sustain interest in a jazz duet, and even harder to imbue the cavernous Barbican with the intimate...

    2. October 3, 2014

      Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! – review

      With each album Flying Lotus gets more far-out. His debut, 1983, was titled after his date of birth; its follow-up, Los...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 –...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 –...

    16. December 17, 2010

      Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

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

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. November 1, 2008

      Rhapsody and Blues

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

    33. November 1, 2008

      London Jazz Festival

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

    34. September 13, 2008

      Jazz - Mike Hobart

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

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. March 29, 2008

      JAZZ - MIKE HOBART

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

    38. 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...

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