• We Out Here festival review – a new jazz generation is born
    Abbots Ripton, CambridgeshireSaxophonist Gary Bartz, Joe Armon-Jones and Binker Golding were some of the big names at this festival curated by Gilles PetersonA festival curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, named after the UK jazz compilation his label Brownswood Recordings released in 2018, and featuring almost all of the artists on ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-19
  • The 30 best films about music, chosen by musicians
    Anna Calvi, Neil Tennant, Nadine Shah, Wayne Coyne, Nitin Sawhney and Anna Meredith pick their top five music moviesMovies about musicians, whether biopics, fictions or documentaries, are a fixture in cinema, but judging by the flurry of activity over the past 12 months – with acclaimed films about Aretha Franklin, ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-18
  • Joni Mitchell’s albums – ranked!
    On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we celebrate the supernatural folk and bold jazz experimentation of the groundbreaking artist whose famous song captured the spirit of the festival – even though she didn’t goJoni Mitchell is a non-conformer – which is why this is such an uncomfortable listen. She is ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-15
  • Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans and Greens review – intense and absorbing
    (Fontana/Decca)Come summer, come the time for unearthing long-lost jazz masterpieces. This time it’s four 50-year-old reels of tape, bearing the final studio recording of tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes (1935-73). Despite his nickname, he wasn’t fat, just stocky. Entirely self-taught, Hayes was a genuine prodigy – a professional musician from the ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-11
  • Feeling blue about music coverage | Brief letters
    The Blues | Classical music | Public art | Ballet | Arms exportsWhile I agree with Paul Bream (Letters, 31 July) about the marginalising of jazz in the Guardian, give a thought to the paucity of attention given to the blues. At a time when there are a plethora of ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-05
  • Nérija: Blume – formidable jazz crew need to cut loose
    (Domino)There’s a real warmth about London-based jazz septet Nérija on their debut album. It might have something to do with the close-knit harmonies of the horn front line – Nubya Garcia on tenor saxophone, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax and Rosie Turton on trombone – or ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-04
  • Tubby Hayes Quartet: Grits, Beans and Greens review | John Fordham’s jazz album of the month
    (Decca)He died in 1973 but British-born Hayes had astonishing fluidity and compositional skills that it is worth hearingRare alignments of the musical planets have often fine-tuned jazz’s turning points. Suppose a young Louis Armstrong had not been taught the cornet in a New Orleans reform school in 1913, while the ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-02
  • Miles Davis’s 20 greatest albums – ranked!
    With his lost 1985 album Rubberband out in September, and the 50th anniversary of In a Silent Way – released this week – we count down the jazz icon’s finest momentsIn the end, Miles Davis would fascinate jazz, rock and classical fans alike. But in the 1940s he had been ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-08-01
  • Jazz’s ‘rebirth’ is a complicated issue | Letters
    Streaming poses a problem of endemic proportions for jazz, says Chris Hodgkins, while Paul Bream calls for more coverage of the genreYour article “Rebirth of the cool: Streaming helps jazz reach new audience” (29 July) was a welcome note of optimism. But there are two caveats.Streaming as a marketing tool ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-30
  • Hip-hop and funk producer Ras G dies aged 39
    Afrofuturist producer was an influential figure on LA alternative hip-hop scene and co-founded the Brainfeeder collectiveHip-hop and funk producer Ras G, co-founder of the influential Brainfeeder collective, has died aged 39. No cause of death has been given but he had revealed in December that he had diabetes and pneumonia.Born ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-30
  • Ken Burns on America: ‘We’re a strange and complicated people’
    Through war, baseball and music, Burns’ monumental TV documentaries have told the story of the USA – a mission he says is even more urgent in the age of ‘alternative facts’Many birthday presents are rapidly discarded or forgotten, but a gift given to a 17-year-old Michigan high-school student, on 29 ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-29
  • Rising numbers of younger fans spark a UK jazz renaissance
    Streaming sites report growth in young listeners and festivals are signing up more jazz acts From smoky US bars to clubs in the Weimar republic, jazz has been popular across the world, with its heyday almost a century ago. But in a tiny converted railway arch in south-east London, a ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-29
  • Scott Hamilton Quartet: Danish Ballads… & More review – truly great tenor sax
    (Stunt)A selection of Danish folk tunes, movie themes, cabaret songs and jazz numbers, played by a truly great tenor saxophonist. Scott Hamilton has been based in Europe (first London, now Florence) for around 20 years. He has his regular venues and can call on his favourite musicians wherever he goes. ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-28
  • Anglo-Indian musician Sarathy Korwar: ‘There’s no singular brown voice’
    With his second studio album – a ‘modern brown record’ – the producer is challenging perceptions of Indo-jazz. But in the face of racism and tokenism, it can be exhaustingSarathy Korwar likes to define himself as an “outsider”. Outside popular music, outside the British Asian experience, outside Indian culture. The ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-25
  • 2019’s Mercury prize shortlist is alive to today’s politics and pain
    Whether it’s a jazz tribute to Grenfell or punks scowling at a gentrified Dublin, the Mercury prize nominees are plugged into 2019’s most pressing social issuesMercury prize 2019: The 1975, Dave, Cate Le Bon and Idles shortlistedOver the years, the Mercury prize shortlist has been many things – bafflingly eclectic, ... read more
    Source: JazzPublished on 2019-07-25