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  1. September 7, 2014

    John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    Competing with oneself can be hard work, as Thursday night’s Prom demonstrated. After a performance of John Adams’s...

  2. December 13, 2013

    John Coltrane: The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings

    The eight albums John Coltrane recorded for Atlantic, made between Jan 1959 and May 1961, include the saxophonist’s...

  1. December 11, 2013

    Joe McPhee Survival Unit III, Café Oto, London – review

    Joe McPhee is a free-improvising multi-instrumentalist veteran with many projects on the go. Born in 1939, he started...

  2. October 16, 2013

    SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco – review

    The fourth and final night of the SFJAZZ Collective’s home turf residency was an extended single-set performance combining...

  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 3, 2013

    Nathan Haines: The Poet’s Embrace

    Although most of the compositions on saxophonist Nathan Haines’ eighth album are self penned, the influence of John Coltrane...

  5. December 12, 2012

    Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies

    Ravi Shankar, the sitar player who is often credited with bringing Indian classical music to the western world and was one...

  6. June 8, 2012

    The List: Five great takes on the American songbook

    The American standard is always full of life and changing shape. Jazz masters Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Keith Jarrett...

  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. March 23, 2012

    Marcus Roberts Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    From the opening bars of their first introduction, Marcus Roberts and his acoustic piano trio unpicked, repositioned and...

  9. March 12, 2012

    Roscoe Mitchell, Café Oto, London

    While John Coltrane and Albert Ayler were developing the raucous screech of high-energy expressionism, multi-instrumentalist...

  10. February 29, 2012

    Oxford university receives £26m

    Oxford university has received a £26m donation to fund more than 35 postgraduate scholarships a year from the widow of Ahmet...

  11. December 2, 2011

    Nat Birchall: Sacred Dimension

     Nat Birchall Sacred Dimension (Godwana Records) The Manchester-based saxophonist takes his main inspiration from the...

  12. November 5, 2011

    Duke Ellington: Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane

    This terrific re-issue combines a classic Ellington small-group album featuring the founding father of jazz saxophone with a...

  13. October 30, 2011

    Marc Ribot, Bishopsgate Institute, London

    Laurie Anderson and Elvis Costello are among the high-profile artists who have benefited from Marc Ribot’s close control and...

  14. October 19, 2011

    John Tchicai & Tony Marsh/Evan Parker & Louis Moholo Moholo, Vortex, London

    The two through-improvised duets in this Vortex showcase assembled four musicians from the heart of free jazz who are...

  15. August 9, 2011

    Orphy Robinson/Matt Halsall, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Multi-instrumentalist and composer Orphy Robinson remains best known for his rhythmically astute shimmer-and-clang...

  16. May 28, 2011

    Various Artists: First Impulse

    Various Artists First Impulse (Impulse) The six albums and out-takes on this four-CD, 50th anniversary set don’t need the...

  17. April 29, 2011

    Precious little outrage

    Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, is the US cultural institution’s latest word on what constitutes the jazz canon. This CD...

  18. March 15, 2011

    Kurt Elling, Barbican, London

    Pitch-perfect: Kurt Elling Kurt Elling’s stage persona is an uneasy mix of cabaret MC and inveterate jazzer. His opening...

  19. December 28, 2010

    The cool revolutionary of jazz

    It is 40 years since the American record producer Creed Taylor acted as midwife to the quintessential 1970s soundtrack for a...

  20. August 19, 2010

    Flying Lotus, ICA, London

    Emotional highlight: Andreya Triana at the ICA Flying Lotus, aka LA’s Steven Ellison, plays inventive electronic...

  21. May 5, 2010

    Old hands and new directions

    It felt strange to see a musician of Dave Holland's stature peering over the neck of his double bass like a pupil worried...

  22. May 4, 2010

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham

    It felt strange to see a musician of Dave Holland’s stature peering over the neck of his double bass like a pupil worried...

  23. April 24, 2010

    Odean Pope: Odean’s List

    Odean Pope Odean’s List (In & Out Records) Veteran saxophonist Odean Pope rubbed shoulders with the likes of John Coltrane...

  24. April 24, 2010

    Flying Lotus’ abstract hip-hop

    Flying Lotus in London There is a rich tradition of aliens and space exploration in African-American pop music. Sun Ra, jazz...

  25. March 13, 2010

    Sam Newsome: Blue Soliloquy, Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone

    Sam Newsome Blue Soliloquy, Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone Independent Warmth and experience, albeit somewhat austere, are...

  26. February 19, 2010

    George Garzone

    Each month, bassist Michael Janisch curates a two-night residency at the Pizza Express jazz club, showcasing a transatlantic...

  27. February 18, 2010

    George Garzone, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

    Immersed in the act: George Garzone Each month, bassist Michael Janisch curates a two-night residency at the Pizza Express...

  28. December 23, 2009

    Keith Jarrett: Standards in Sweden Vol I & II

    Keith Jarrett Standards in Sweden Vol I & II Blue Music Group Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio is now as much part of the jazz...

  29. December 12, 2009

    Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins: Classic Prestige Sessions

    Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins Classic Prestige Sessions Prestige Before Miles Davis hooked up with John Coltrane and signed to...

  30. November 28, 2009

    Bobby Hutcherson: Wise One

    Bobby Hutcherson Wise One Kind of Blue Wise One references John Coltrane – five tracks, including the title, were written by...

  31. September 18, 2009

    Jan Garabek’s career takes another turn

    Jan Garbarek in London last week I have,” says Jan Garbarek with affable humility, “been very lucky.” The Norwegian...

  32. September 15, 2009

    Cedar Walton

    The much-recorded Cedar Walton is an old-school Ronnie Scott's favourite. The pianist on John Coltrane's seminal 1959 album...

  33. May 29, 2009

    Innovation for the people

    Ronnie Scott's provided a fascinating contrast in jazz style with consecutive gigs by saxophonists Joe Lovano and Andy...

  34. May 28, 2009

    Joe Lovano/Andy Sheppard, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Ronnie Scott’s provided a fascinating contrast in jazz style with consecutive gigs by saxophonists Joe Lovano and Andy...

  35. February 14, 2009

    Jazz Mike Hobart

    John Taylor Phases Cam Jazz The title of this solo piano album, like four of the tracks, somewhat obliquely references the...

  36. February 6, 2009

    Two landmarks of American jazz

    Jazz in the mid-1950s was mildly bohemian, slightly louche and stranded midway between sophisticated entertainment and...

  37. January 27, 2009

    Soundtrack to the Civil Rights era

    The past week's Obamamania has served as something of a refresher in the Civil Rights movement. This second concert in the...

  38. January 3, 2009

    Charlie Trotter's, Chicago

    The evening didn't start well. We were received at the door of Charlie Trotter's smart townhouse - then abandoned to wait...

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