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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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