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    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 –...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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;...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. February 21, 2011

    Why Jazz?

    Why Jazz? A Concise Guide, by Kevin Whitehead, OUP, RRP£11.99, 172 pages Jazz can be seductive, but too often even those...

  35. January 14, 2011

    The Man Who Recorded the World

    The Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax, by John Szwed, William Heinemann, RRP£20 448 pages Alan Lomax...

  36. 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 that...

  37. September 11, 2010

    Miles Davis: Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    Miles Davis Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Sony) When Miles Davis recorded Bitches Brew in 1970, he wanted to...

  38. August 20, 2010

    Master of the smoky image who captured the soul of jazz

    W hen you look at Herman Leonard’s haunting black-and-white but silvery photos of postwar jazz clubs, musicians and singers,...

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