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    1. 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 moment –...

    2. 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 Nahmad...

    1. 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 one...

    2. 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...

    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 notes, a...

    4. 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 –...

    5. 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 sense...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 from...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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 February....

    11. 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. The...

    12. December 29, 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 Return...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 the...

    16. 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;...

    17. 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 clang of...

    18. 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...

    19. August 9, 2013

      Mike Gibbs + Twelve: Play Gil Evans

      The late Gil Evans was the greatest arranger of postwar jazz by a country mile. His recordings with Miles Davis are jazz...

    20. July 26, 2013

      Atoms for Peace, Roundhouse, London

      Like many a privately educated Englishman, raised on a diet of repression and the classics, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. February 11, 2013

      Ahmad Jamal, Barbican, London

      Ahmad Jamal’s sharp-suited rhythms and hipster’s sense of space were drawing accolades even before he released his first...

    24. February 1, 2013

      Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2

      Wayne Shorter is featured in the Miles Davis quintet featured on this fascinating “recorded-from-the-desk” 3 CD and 1 DVD...

    25. January 25, 2013

      Jazz requiem

      Intermission, by Owen Martell, William Heinemann, RRP£12.99, 192 pages On June 25 1961, the Bill Evans Trio played at the...

    26. December 28, 2012

      Bassist instinct

      Charles Mingus had prodigious appetites, a passion for justice and a filthy temper. He once smashed a treasured double bass...

    27. August 30, 2012

      Wadada Leo Smith, Café Oto, London

      The American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is having something of a purple patch. He marked his 70th birthday with the release...

    28. August 3, 2012

      Stan Getz Quartet: Swiss Radio Days

      The airy tone and supple inflections of the Stan Getz saxophone are beautifully captured on this live recording from Zurich...

    29. July 27, 2012

      Ryan Truesdell: Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans

      The new discoveries presented on this CD range from unrecorded works and fascinating alternatives to incomplete sketches...

    30. July 13, 2012

      Off the bebop track

      The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a ten-day marathon embracing more than 1,000 gigs under the slogan, “modern jazz and beyond...

    31. 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...

    32. April 6, 2012

      Wallace Roney: Home

      Trumpeter Wallace Roney and his saxophonist brother Antoine’s long-standing partnership is steeped in the influence of the...

    33. February 3, 2012

      Ahmad Jamal: Blue Moon

      Ahmad Jamal received plaudits for his sensitive touch and acute sense of time even before the late Miles Davis told his...

    34. January 13, 2012

      Keeping up with Mr Jones

      Quincy Jones once produced a television show called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a knockabout comedy starring Will Smith, a...

    35. October 26, 2011

      Mike Stern Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

      Mike Stern could just as easily have called his muscular, warm-hearted, quartet “the fusion jazz all-stars”. The guitarist’s...

    36. October 9, 2011

      Wayne Shorter/Phronesis, Barbican, London

      Wayne Shorter’s sense of timing is so perfectly poised that it ushers in the future while summoning up voices from a distant...

    37. May 7, 2011

      Brian Lynch: Conclave Vol 2

      Brian Lynch Conclave Vol 2 (Criss Cross) As the sleeve notes explain, the trumpeter’s blending of the jazz mainstream with...

    38. April 1, 2011

      Ron Carter, Ronnie Scott’s, London

      The slurs, syncopations and double stops that Ron Carter brought into Miles Davis’s groundbreaking 60s quintet have long...

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