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 Recording of the Week, Kit Downes - Dreamlife of Debris

by Matt Groom

Finding inspiration in W.G. Sebald's novel The Rings of Saturn, Kit Downes's second album for ECM demonstrates his unique approach to the church organ with a brilliantly atmospheric suite of pieces.

 Recording of the Week, Eri Yamamoto's Goshu Ondo Suite

by Matt Groom

Composer/pianist Eri Yamamoto weaves magic in this choral jazz odyssey, drawing on the Japanese tradition of Goshu Ondo, the dance song, in a vivid collaboration between her trio and Choral Chameleon.

 Recording of the Week, Jeff Goldblum - I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This

by Matt Groom

Jeff Goldblum's second album is an enjoyable romp through the standards, with a little help from his star-studded friends.

 Recording of the Week, Holland / Hussain / Potter - Good Hope

by Matt Groom

A nuanced meeting of minds - tabla master Zakir Hussain meets bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Chris Potter for a joyful collaboration that rewards close listening.

 Recording of the Week, Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble

by Matt Groom

Released 25 years after Officium, Remember Me, My Dear is the final album recorded by saxophonist Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble.

 Recording of the Week, O'Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane

by Matt Groom

Some albums are an enjoyable challenge, some are pure joy from start to finish, and Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft's tribute to Monk and Coltrane on the Ubuntu label is firmly in the latter category.

 Recording of the Week, Golden Valley is Now

by Matt Groom

Childhood friends, all of whom are now improvising superstars in their own rights, come together to make a noise closer to blissed out pop than jazz. Matt gets over excited.

 Recording of the Week, This is Mainstream!

by Matt Groom

A terrific compilation unearthing some gems from producer Bob Shad's Mainstream Records imprint, and including artists as diverse as Stanley Clark and Sarah Vaughan.

 Recording of the Week, Michael Janisch - Worlds Collide

by Matt Groom

Worlds Collide in order to create brave new ones on Michael Janisch's highly enjoyable new album.

 Recording of the Week, Veronica Swift

by Matt Groom

Veronica Swift's assured debut album Confessions is an enjoyable showcase for an exciting new jazz vocalist, with excellent support from some of New York's finest players.

 Recording of the Week, Jon Batiste - Anatomy of Angels

by Matt Groom

Anyone who has seen 'The Late Show' will recognise Jon Batiste, but there is much more to him than being Stephen Colbert's musical side-kick, as he proves on the engrossing live set from New York's Village Vanguard.

 Recording of the Week, Tubby Hayes Quartet - Grits, Beans And Greens

by Matt Groom

One of the most exciting archive discoveries of recent times, after 50 years on the shelf Grits, Beans And Greens is everything Tubby Hayes worshippers had hoped for, and it already sounds like a classic.

 Recording of the Week, Laura Jurd - Stepping Back, Jumping In

by Matt Groom

Stepping Back, Jumping In is a sharp, witty and exciting new album from one of the powerhouses of UK jazz, Laura Jurd. Is it too soon to call her our own Carla Bley?

 Recording of the Week, JD Allen - Barracoon

by Matt Groom

A fiery yet satisfying album from JD Allen, marking the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery in America.

 Recording of the Week, Rabbia/Petrella/Aarset - Lost River

by Matt Groom

Matt enjoys an aquatic deep listening experience with Michele Rabbia, Gianluca Petrella and Eivind Aarset on the evocative Lost River from ECM, a well deserved Recording of the Week.

 Recording of the Week, Steve Davis - Correlations

by Matt Groom

A fine new album from trombonist Steve Davis and his sextet, mainly featuring his own instantly catchy compositions, some of which could become jazz favourites.

 Recording of the Week, Ruud Breuls & Simon Rigter Quintet

by Matt Groom

A solid hard bop release from the Ruud Breuls & Simon Rigter Quintet, featuring the cream of the crop of Dutch jazzmen playing original material composed by the group.

 Recording of the Week, Kayhan Kalhor

by Matt Groom

Matt enjoys a collaboration between master kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the dutch Rembrandt Frerichs Trio on their evocative new album.

 Recording of the Week, Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Live in Graz, 1961

by Matt Groom

A fascinating document of this groundbreaking trio live in Switzerland in 1961, this offers plenty of nourishment for those willing to enter an abstract musical world.

 Recording of the Week, Mosambique - Big City Moves

by Matt Groom

This exciting young quintet from Norway release a memorable album of jazz fusion with tongue-firmly in cheek.