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    1. August 13, 2016

      Britain owes a debt to ‘mod’ culture

      In the Vaults beneath Waterloo station, it is 1965 or thereabouts. The subterranean venue is staging All or Nothing, a...

    2. July 21, 2016

      Born to Be Blue — film review: ‘Lost-boy charisma’

      Near the start of Born to Be Blue, a biopic of jazz trumpet great Chet Baker, its subject is in a bad way. Played by...

    1. July 10, 2016

      Needles and Opium, Barbican, London — ‘Thrilling’

      As a cub reviewer in 1992, I was entranced by Robert Lepage’s solo piece about Miles Davis and Jean Cocteau, about...

    2. May 27, 2016

      Robert Glasper: Everything’s Beautiful — review

      Robert Glasper Everything’s Beautiful Sony Music CMG Pianist/producer Robert Glasper’s latest collection of vocal-heavy...

    3. May 20, 2016

      The Life of a Song: ‘So What’

      Miles Davis’s “So What” is one of the most famous compositions in jazz, instantly recognisable from its introductory...

    4. May 2, 2016

      Cheltenham Jazz Festival — review

      “This one’s going out for Donald Trump,” vocalist José James announced midway through his Saturday lunchtime set. Three...

    5. April 22, 2016

      Remember Prince as the ultimate artisan

      The thing about The Beatles is that there were four of them. Discount Ringo Starr as a passenger if you must but George...

    6. April 21, 2016

      Miles Ahead — film review: ‘Don Cheadle is remarkable’

      How do you solve a problem like Miles Davis? In Miles Ahead , the biopic starring and directed by Don Cheadle, it’s a...

    7. April 19, 2016

      Why Hollywood blows hot and cold with jazz movies

      On the night of October 6 1927, New York hosted the world premiere of The Jazz Singer, the musical that marked the...

    8. April 15, 2016

      King of the cats

      Before he’s anything else, before he’s paranoid, or high, or dangerous, or belligerent, or vulnerable, or sad, the...

    9. March 13, 2016

      Dave Holland Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London — ‘What a journey it was’

      Bassist Dave Holland’s jazz career began in the mid-1960s with a gig at Ronnie Scott’s and went up several notches when...

    10. December 13, 2015

      Urban Bush Women, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York — ‘Wandering fruitlessly’

      You wouldn’t know from the Urban Bush Women’s Walking with ’Trane that John Coltrane practised relentlessly to achieve...

    11. October 27, 2015

      Marcus Miller, Barbican, London: ‘Ecstatic peaks’

      It’s nearly a year since bass guitarist Marcus Miller premiered his Afrodeezia album at the 2014 London Jazz Festival....

    12. October 26, 2015

      Wallace Roney Group, Ronnie Scott’s, London: ‘Fluent, focused and imperious’

      Wallace Roney’s music is a tough, taut and intransigent continuation of the arcane forms and structured freedoms of...

    13. September 13, 2015

      Audencia Nantes dean Frank Vidal finds inspiration in Miles Davis

      The first jazz concert in mainland Europe is thought to have been played not in a bohemian Paris cellar or a Berlin...

    14. August 7, 2015

      The Life of a Song: ‘My Funny Valentine’

      The 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, which gave generations of grateful cabaret singers “My Funny...

    15. July 24, 2015

      Miles Davis: At Newport 1955-1975 — review

      Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 (Columbia Legacy) The fourth release in the “Bootleg” series of official traces the...

    16. 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...

    17. February 6, 2015

      The Unthanks: Mount The Air — review

      The Unthanks Mount The Air (Rabble Rouser Music) Once a bleak Northumbrian chamber folk outfit, the Unthanks have...

    18. January 13, 2015

      Damon Brown’s International Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London — review

      The brash and brassy British trumpeter Damon Brown has developed an original voice in a well-established idiom: the...

    19. October 21, 2014

      Jeremy Pelt Quartet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – review

      For two intense sets, US trumpeter Jeremy Pelt focused his every fibre on creating the perfect phrase to fit each...

    20. October 14, 2014

      Frieze Art Fair: the best piece of theatre in town

      Moments into the preview of Frieze Masters, I collided with Munich gallerist Georg Laue in “The Collector”, Helly...

    21. October 8, 2014

      Kind of conceptual

      Time was when jazz ensembles traded under names that were reassuringly to-the-point, their aesthetic focus defined by...

    22. August 29, 2014

      Arve Henriksen: The Nature of Connections – review

      Arve Henriksen’s uniquely fragile trumpet sonorities are as much influenced by the sound of a traditional Japanese...

    23. 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...

    24. April 18, 2014

      Miles Davis: Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: the Bootleg Series Vol 3

      This excellent 4 CD set presents, unedited, the trumpeter’s entire four-night residency at Fillmore East in June 1970 –...

    25. April 8, 2014

      The Spring Quartet, Barbican, London – review

      The Spring Quartet are a cross-generational, equal-partners jazz supergroup with a wide span of influences, a strong...

    26. March 18, 2014

      Larry Willis & Albert Sanz, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London – review

      Jazz Club Soho hosted its first two-piano festival in 2009 as a five-day, slightly off-the-wall experiment to mark the...

    27. March 5, 2014

      Michael Henderson & Norman Connors, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      Michael Henderson spent seven years in the 1970s playing edgy funk bass with Miles Davis after being recruited at 19...

    28. February 26, 2014

      Didier Lockwood Quartet featuring Antonio Faraò, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

      French violinist Didier Lockwood is an exuberant technician with an arresting stage presence and a bundle of electronic...

    29. February 21, 2014

      John Coltrane: Out of this World

      Most tracks on this excellent four-CD set are readily available individually, but here they trace the evolution of the...

    30. February 14, 2014

      Classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic on his album ‘Aranjuez’

      The vast royal gardens at Aranjuez, an oasis 30 miles south of Madrid, are wind-blown and a little bleak in early...

    31. February 5, 2014

      Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

      When drummer Billy Cobham released his first solo album, Spectrum, in 1973, jazz-rock was at something of a crossroads....

    32. December 30, 2013

      Lenny White, The Jazz Standard, New York – review

      Lenny White can bash it out with the best of them – he recently won a Grammy with re-formed power-fusion heavyweights...

    33. December 4, 2013

      A Celebration of Bert Jansch, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      The last time Bert Jansch played in public was at the Royal Festival Hall. In the summer of 2011, gravely ill and in...

    34. 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...

    35. November 18, 2013

      Wayne Shorter at 80, London Jazz Festival, Barbican, London – review

      When Wayne Shorter left Miles Davis in 1970, his body of work had pushed jazz harmony to its limits and he had managed...

    36. November 6, 2013

      Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton – review

      At the age of 21, Hugh Masekela had a stellar career behind him. He had led South Africa’s first youth jazz orchestra;...

    37. November 4, 2013

      Dave Holland’s Prism, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

      Dave Holland’s Prism has all the ingredients of a full-throttle fusion quartet. There’s fuzz-and-whine guitar, the...

    38. August 30, 2013

      Mulatu Astatke: Sketches Of Ethiopia

      The title of Mulatu Astatke’s album, his first for an international label, seems to promise that he will follow in the...

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