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 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 26th April 2019

by Matt Groom

Aside from Recording of the Week, Trish Clowes excellent Ninety Degrees Gravity , this week Gwilym Simcock unviels his second solo piano album, Claire Martin takes on Mister Mr (or is it Mr Mister, on Mr Mr even?) amongst others, Hubro reissue Ketil Bjornstd's early solo albums on vinyl, evocactive explorations from Kino Trio and Sam Rivers' masterpiece Contours on vinyl.

 Classic Recordings, Sonny Rollins - The Bridge

by Matt Groom

In 1959 Sonny Rollins decided he needed a break in order to grow as a musician and left the New York music scene. After two years of practising every day on the Williamsburg Bridge, accompanied only by the cry of seagulls and trains rolling by, he returned with this terrific album.

 Recording of the Week, Elliot Galvin - Modern Times

by Matt Groom

My Recording of the Week is Elliot Galvin's hugely enjoyable Modern Times. I recently chatted with Elliot about his inspiration for recording direct to vinyl.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 19th April

by Matt Groom

Plenty to get excited about this week - not least Eliott Galvin’s Modern Times my Recording of the Week plus Sheila Jordan, Wes Montgomery, Polly Gibbons, Hamds on Strings and Angelique Kidjo.

 Classic Recordings, Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds

by Matt Groom

A conference of the finest players on the free music scene in the early seventies, Matt argues that Dave Holland's Conference of the Birds is one of the great seventies jazz albums.

 Recording of the Week, Herlin Riley Perpetual Optimism

by Matt Groom

Matt is buzzing off Herlin Riley's Perpetual Optimism. This addictive new album is our Recording of the Week - read on to find out why.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 12th April 2019

by Matt Groom

Matt assesses the week's new jazz releases, with quality releases from Herlin Riley, Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Releases Roundup - 5th April 2019

by Matt Groom

A quick look at some of the week's jazz new releases, and a varied bunch it is too...

 Recording of the Week, Orbit Folks

by Matt Groom

Bright and breezy jazz fusions on the latest album from globetrotting bassist Martijn Vanbuel and his group Orbit Folks.

 Classic Recordings, Ellington at Newport 1956

by Matt Groom

Let us journey back to the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956, to witness a demoralised Ellington Band find its mojo in realtime, thanks to a storming Paul Gonsalves solo that runs for 27 choruses, and caused a mini-riot.

 Recording of the Week, Daniel Herskedal - Voyage

by Matt Groom

Matt takes a Voyage with Daniel Herskedal, a vivid series of seafaring tone poems for tuba, bass trumpet, viola, oud, piano and bass.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 29th March 2019

by Matt Groom

From long-lost Japanese jazz-fusion to tasteful interpretations of swing era tunes, there's a varied bunch of new releases out this week.

 Classic Recordings, Desmond & Mulligan - Two of a Mind

by Matt Groom

Matt winds down to urbane warriors Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan's Two of a Mind.

 Recording of the Week, Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn

by Matt Groom

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn take the road less travelled on this fascinating document of a live concert from Budapest on ECM.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 22nd March 2019

by Matt Groom

Beach Boys-go-bebop with Atomic's latest offering, boogaloo odysseys from Oz Noy, David Laborier's latest cross-genre experiments and the Benny Lackner Trio continue to tastefully push the envelope.

 Classic Recordings, Out to Lunch

by Matt Groom

Matt revisits one of the true landmarks of modern jazz, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch.

 Recording of the Week, The Comet is Coming

by Matt Groom

Interstellar Messages (via London) from this brilliant trio

 Obituary, Jacques Loussier (1934-2019)

by Matt Groom

The French pianist and composer, best known for his trio’s million-selling string of albums re-interpreting the music of Bach in a jazz style, passed away on Monday aged 84.

 Interview, Will Todd on his Jazz Missa Brevis

by David Smith

The composer Will Todd talks to David about his new album of jazz-infused choral works, pairing a set of Passiontide works with a new Missa Brevis.

 Artist Anthologies, 3-disc Essential Albums Collection

by Chris O'Reilly

February 2019 sees the release of 20 concise artist anthologies which will appeal to both jazz connoisseurs and act as a perfect introduction to new audiences of Post-Bop, Big Band, Soul-Jazz, Bebop, Vocal, Jazz Guitar, Acid Jazz, Fusion, Latin Jazz and Piano Jazz.