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Latest News: Jazz, Recording of the Week

 Recording of the Week, Hedvig Mollestad & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, 'Maternity Beat'

by Joshua Lee

Hedvig Mollestad presents her most diverse and vivid album yet, recorded in collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, WDR Big Band, 'Birth of a Bird: Celebrating the Music of Charlie Parker'

by Joshua Lee

A late-year essential listen for big band fans, Cologne's venerable WDR Big Band pay tribute to the legendary saxophonist as part of his centennial celebration.

 Recording of the Week, Daniel Herskedal & Emilie Nicolas, 'Out of the Fog'

by Joshua Lee

Tubist/bass trumpeter Daniel Herskedal's latest album is a collaboration with electropop singer Emilie Nicolas, and the solemn, atmospheric Out of the Fog makes for a unique entry in both of the pair's respective catalogues.

 Recording of the Week, Village of the Sun, 'First Light'

by Joshua Lee

Jazz duo Binker & Moses team up with Simon Ratcliffe of Basement Jaxx for First Light, the first full-length album from their trio project Village of the Sun. Drawing on their mutual love of improvised instrumental music, First Light brings the sounds of classic spiritual jazz in-line with modern sensibilities with fiery performances and Samba-influenced grooves.

 Recording of the Week, Connie Han, 'Secrets of Inanna'

by Joshua Lee

The American pianist's fourth album sees her exploring Sumerian legends with a versatile assortment of original tunes, channelling the aspects of the goddess Inanna - love, beauty and war - in equal measure.

 Recording of the Week, The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus'

by Joshua Lee

The American jazz trio-turned-quartet's second self-titled album serves as a rebirth over two decades into the band's existence, with the addition of guitarist Ben Monder and saxophonist Chris Speed.

 Recording of the Week, Mark Guiliana, 'the sound of listening'

by Joshua Lee

The Grammy-nominated drummer's latest offering draws on a diverse set of sounds from across his career, featuring close collaborators Shai Maestro, Jason Rigby, and Chris Morrissey.

 Recording of the Week, Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective, 'Reflections'

by Joshua Lee

The London-based harpist's sophomore album expands her sonic palette and indulges her wide-ranging music taste alongside her new 'HipHarpCollective'.

 Recording of the Week, The Comet Is Coming, 'Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam'

by Joshua Lee

One of London's most unique instrumental trios return for their third full-length record, with deeper explorations in electronic music, psychedelia and jazz.

 Recording of the Week, Blue Note Records, 'Blue Note Re:imagined II'

by Joshua Lee

The second volume of Blue Note Re:imagined again sees the best up-and-coming jazz, soul and R&B artists from the UK let loose into the Blue Note vaults, with brilliant results.

 Recording of the Week, Julian Lage, 'View With a Room'

by Joshua Lee

Julian Lage returns with another trio record, following up 2021's Squint, featuring David King and Jorge Roeder with contributions from Bill Frisell. A diverse set of excellent original tunes make View With a Room a consistently enjoyable and refreshing release.

 Recording of the Week, Redman, Mehldau, McBride & Blade, 'LongGone'

by Joshua Lee

Joshua Redman's 1990s quartet reconvene a second time since their 2020 reunion for LongGone, an album of Redman originals.

 Recording of the Week, J.D. Allen, 'Americana Vol. 2'

by Joshua Lee

The saxophonist and composer offers a record reflecting on roots, American history and blues music, joined by long-time bandmates Rudy Royston and Gregg August, as well as virtuoso guitarist Charlie Hunter.

 Recording of the Week, Yellowjackets, 'Parallel Motion'

by Joshua Lee

After four decades of the band's existence and numerous line-up changes, American fusion group Yellowjackets prove they're still as solid as ever on Parallel Motion.

 Recording of the Week, Masao Nakajima Quartet, 'Kemo-Sabe'

by Joshua Lee

At a time when acoustic jazz ensembles were falling out of style, Masao Nakajima's 1979 debut album managed to push traditional sounds into new territories, and finally gets its due as a reissue from Barely Breaking Even.

 Recording of the Week, DOMi & JD BECK- NOT TiGHT

by Matt Groom

From teenage YouTube sensations to pukka Blue Note artists in just a few years, DOMi & JD BECK's debut album NOT TiGHT is a riot of live breakbeats and dazzling keyboards, with some starry guest artists joining in the fun.

 Recording of the Week, Clark Terry & Big B-A-D Band, 'Live in Holland 1979'

by Joshua Lee

This archival recording by Clark Terry and his classic Big B-A-D Band showcases the trumpeter on top form with a selection of arrangements by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Phil Woods and more.

 Recording of the Week, Kokoroko, 'Could We Be More'

by Joshua Lee

Following up their successful 2019 self-titled EP, the London octet draw on their love of Afrobeat and contemporary jazz sounds for their diverse debut full-length album.

 Recording of the Week, Blind Spot, 'Frontmirror'

by Joshua Lee

The guitar-led jazz trio bring formless ambient and psychedelic blues rock sounds to their JazzSick Records debut, led by up-and-coming axeman Philipp Wisser.

 Recording of the Week, Ronnie Foster, 'Reboot'

by Matt Groom

Reboot finds Ronnie Foster returning to Blue Note with an irresistable set of originals (and one cover), for his first album in 36 years.