• I Wish I Was a Mountain review – jazzy Hermann Hesse tale is stunning
    The Egg, BathWith two turntables, a street’s worth of houses and a German fairytale, performance poet Toby Thompson creates a beautiful show for over-sevensChildren live in the moment but by around eight – my daughter Aggie’s age – their thoughts stretch beyond next Christmas, beyond when they grow up and ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-24
  • Lonnie Holley: MITH review – full of violence and beauty
    (Jagjaguwar)A lifelong outsider artist, Alabama-born Lonnie Holley came to renown for his visual art, and in 2012 for his first foray into music. MITH is the s elf-taught piano man’s third outing, and although neophytes might struggle with Holley’s shruggy attitude to tunefulness – his free-ranging sound recalls, at different ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-23
  • Prince: Piano & a Microphone 1983 review – revelatory listen from a colossal talent
    RhinoThe recordings on this posthumous Prince album weren’t originally intended for release. But they capture Prince Rogers Nelson at the peak of his powers, alone at his home studio piano, feeling his way into songs including future classic Purple Rain. It says everything about his prolific output – especially in ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-21
  • Mercury prize 2018: follow the ceremony live!
    It’s time to give out the most prestigious music award in the UK, with Nadine Shah and Sons of Kemet the hottest tips. Follow all the action from the red carpet and ceremony here 8.28pm BSTSecond fave is Sons of Kemet, the quartet who have been at the heart of ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-20
  • Soweto Kinch review – rap freestyles and jazz freak-outs
    Ronnie Scott’s, LondonThe saxophonist and his trio explore the border between jazz and hip-hop, switching fluently between styles in their restless search It’s been 15 years since alto-saxophonist Soweto Kinch breathed life into the British jazz scene with a Mercury-nominated debut album, Conversations With the Unseen. He appeared to be ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-19
  • Arianna Neikrug: Changes review – a display of endless potential
    (Concord)This is 25-year-old Arianna Neikrug’s debut album, and a startling experience it can be, if you’re unprepared for it. Instead of the customary glossy full orchestra, there is a piano trio, and the pianist (also arranger and producer) is Laurence Hobgood, for 20 years a close musical confidant of Kurt ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-16
  • The Mercury music prize has lost its way – here’s how to fix it
    The ‘token’ jazz, folk and avant garde nominees for the UK’s most prestigious music prize are the ones who stand to gain the most from it – but they are being ignoredThe question posed most often, and most crabbily, in the history of the Mercury prize is: what’s the point ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-14
  • Binker and Moses review – syncopation and spontaneity in a swing-free set
    Jazz Cafe, London Breakout stars of the London jazz scene Moses Boyd and Binker Golding thrill a young crowd with polyrhythms, improvisation, funk riffs and driving drumsBinker and Moses – a spartan sax and drums duo, playing largely improvised instrumentals – should, by rights, be a tough sell. Amazingly, they’ve ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-13
  • Quincy review – portrait of a musical legend fails to sing
    Rashida Jones’s sanitised bio-documentary about her father, the musician and producer Quincy Jones, fails to exploit her access to her subject Has any person made as indelible an imprint on African American culture as Quincy Jones? This new bio-documentary makes a compelling case for the point, though that’s the only ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-10
  • Mac Miller obituary
    American rapper and music producer who confronted his personal history of substance abuse in his lyricsAlthough he has died aged only 26, of a reported drug overdose, the American rapper and music producer Mac Miller had already created a body of work that looks set to endure long after him.Last ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-09
  • New York All-Stars: Burnin’ in London review – Alexander and Mabern excel
    (Ubuntu)All-Stars? Well, it’s a quartet actually – two resident in New York, one in France and the other in Austria. But never mind, it’s a terrific combination, especially tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist Harold Mabern. For sheer intensity and overflowing invention, both individually and together, they’re in a class ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-09
  • One to watch: Masego
    The Jamaican-American sax player is shaking things up with a mix of hip-hop, electronica and breezy romanticismSearch online for “saxophone player” and you’ll probably land on Kenny G. Search further and you may find Jamaican-American Masego, 25, the smoothster rehabilitating sax’s sexless image. His bronzed brass-wind peppers cleanly produced jams that take ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-09-08
  • Jazz album of the month: Wayne Shorter: Emanon review – vivid and sublimely thrilling
    Blue NoteIn his youth, saxophonist Wayne Shorter used to travel with his trumpeter brother, Alan, carrying instrument cases labelled Mr Weird and Mr Strange. Even then, the clues to his idiosyncratic art were already showing. The now 85-year-old Newark-born improviser/composer has since drawn on many sources – collaborations with Art ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-08-31
  • Milford Graves Full Mantis review – cutting-edge drums and terrific storytelling
    The avant-garde percussionist tells a mean anecdote and proves himself a joyfully chaotic gardener in this delightfully entertaining documentaryWhat do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer. Except that this delightfully entertaining and idiosyncratic music documentary ought to banish the stereotype of drummers as talentless thickos. It’s ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-08-30
  • Big noise: the essential pop, jazz and folk music of autumn 2018
    Young talents and old hands hit the road, intriguing festivals mix things up, and there’s the first posthumous release from PrinceMore autumn picks: Classical | Film | TV | Theatre | Art | GamesArctic Monkeys’ sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, proved to be the most controversial and ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2018-08-27