• Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
    Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the last decade The 2020 Mercury prize for the year’s best British album has gone to Michael Kiwanuka.“I’m over the moon, so so excited,” he said on ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-24
  • Stepping back: the film that reclaims the true story of jazz dance
    Khadifa Wong’s fascinating documentary Uprooted traces the origins of an artform and the cultural bias that robbed great practitioners of recognition Jazz dance. It’s Broadway and the West End, Liza Minnelli draped over a chair in Cabaret, the gold top hats of A Chorus Line, the clicking fingers of West ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-22
  • Tim Garland: Refocus review – a classic 60s fusion revisited
    (Edition)The saxophonist takes Stan Getz’s unique collaboration with Eddie Sauter in a bold new directionFocus was a 1961 album by Stan Getz, wildly adventurous at the time, in which Getz improvised tenor saxophone solos to music composed by Eddie Sauter, played by a small string orchestra. It’s widely regarded as ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-19
  • John Coltrane: Giant Steps: 60th Anniversary Edition review | John Fordham’s jazz album of the month
    (Rhino)This celebratory reissue includes outtakes that confirm the original’s brilliance and the sense of a genius in transitionWithin the same few weeks in the spring of 1959, the great saxophonist and composer John Coltrane astonishingly found the composure to play a key role on one of the most thoughtful and ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-18
  • Hal Singer obituary | Peter Vacher
    Tenor-saxophonist who played with many famous names before becoming a soloist and recording artist in EuropeThe tenor-saxophonist Hal Singer, who has died aged 100, had just joined Duke Ellington’s orchestra in August 1948 – “the greatest musical thrill of my life” – when his recording of Cornbread, a honking instrumental, ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-14
  • Ronald Bell obituary | Garth Cartwright
    Founder member of Kool & the Gang and co-writer of hits including Celebration and Ladies’ NightKool & the Gang were one of the first fully fledged funk ensembles – taking the influence of Sly Stone and James Brown’s pioneering recordings and blending it with strong jazz leanings, their distinctive sound ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-11
  • Kool and the Gang’s Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell: a musical chameleon and disco giant
    He got his start at 13 alongside Richie Havens, but it was in the ever-changing jazz, soul and disco group that he made his mark. His legacy pulses through popRonald ‘Khalis’ Bell dies aged 68Ronald “Khalis” Bell was nothing if not an adaptable musician and songwriter. He began his career ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-10
  • ‘Beethoven was black’: why a century-old idea still has power today
    He helped galvanise the US civil rights movement, and today sparks intense debate about cultural dominance and the musical canon. In his 250th anniversary year can we listen to Beethoven and what he represents with fresh ears?Exactly 80 years after Beethoven’s death in 1907, the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor began ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-07
  • Peter King obituary
    Brilliant British jazz saxophonist and composer inspired by Charlie ParkerThough jazz romantics like to portray the genre as the work of unkempt magicians conjuring sonic miracles out of the air, the music is as much a product of imagination corralled by obsessive diligence as any art.The British jazz saxophonist Peter ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-06
  • Allison Neale: Quietly There review – cool intimacy personified
    (Ubuntu)Neale’s uniquely delicate alto sax sound is joined by bass, drums and the at times too arresting guitar of Peter Bernstein on this set full of ingenuityIt’s an alto saxophone sound rarely heard nowadays, cool but intimate, each phrase ending with a tiny shiver of vibrato, and no one deploys ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-05
  • From Blackpink to Bruce Nauman: your guide to autumn’s best culture
    The Guide’s writers and critics on this season’s best culture, including Tracey Emin, Candyman and the return of Kylieby Leonie Cooper Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-05
  • Loss of free tuition ‘will make UK jazz whiter, posher and more male’
    Founders of acclaimed learning programme say more funding needed in wake of pandemic The world-renowned British jazz scene will become whiter, posher and dominated by men unless there is more funding to keep access to tuition free, according to the founders of a learning programme that has been credited with ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-09-01
  • Andrew McCormack: Solo review – prepare to be seduced
    (Ubuntu Music)Phenomenal technique of the most unshowy kind proves irresistible on this compelling solo piano setI’ve been listening to this album for several weeks, on and off, and it has grown more intriguing each time. For a set of solo piano pieces it’s remarkably undramatic – no great show-off moments ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-08-22
  • Minu Cinélu/Nils Petter Molvær: SulaMadiana review | John Fordham’s jazz album of the month
    (Modern Recordings/BMG)Percussionist and trumpeter create sparkling musical conversations across disparate cultural backgrounds, recalling Miles Davis, Afrobeat and moreThis duo’s sonically colourful, teemingly inventive album splices its title from the west Norwegian island of Sula and a popular synonym for the Caribbean island of Martinique. Nordic ambient trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-08-21
  • Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids: Shaman! review – brilliant shape-shifting
    (Strut)Muscular and reflective, this mix of Afro-funk and free jazz is driven by fiery sax and a lyrical flute With Shaman!, 69-year-old bandleader and saxophonist Idris Ackamoor completes an impressive trilogy of albums since his re-emergence with 2016’s We Be All Africans and 2018’s An Angel Fell.Like those, it finds ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2020-08-15