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Josh enjoys Dave Brubeck's final studio recording, an intimate set of Lullabies for solo piano, expressing his deep love for his family.
A distinctly obtuse collection of musical organisms from Norwegian pianist and composer Christian Wallumrød's Ensemble.
Lost Ships, a moving series of reflections on loss and displacement by singer Elina Duni and guitarist Rob Luft, marks a promising first release from the partnership, and sounds perfectly at home on ECM.
On the twentieth anniversary of Radiohead's polarising Kid A, Rick Simpson and co. give it a creative re-interpretation.
Hardingfele master Erlend Apneseth's Fragmentarium is a brilliantly constructed mix of improvisation and folk music, where tradition rubs shoulders with the modernistic.
As we enter the colder months of the year, Surprise Chef keep it colourful with a slice of sun-soaked jazz-funk, taking cues from psychedelic rock and soul with a DIY ethic.
The cream of the UK's vibrant jazz scene finds inventive new ways to re:imagine classics from the Blue Note vaults on this varied and entertaining collection.
Django Bates brings together his Belovèd Trio with the Norrbotten Big Band for a technicolour romp through the Charlie Parker tunes that have inspired Bates throughout his career, making a fitting way to celebrate significant birthday markers for both.
Get your dancing shoes on for an irresistible slice of Brit Funk from Manchester's Jersey Street, featuring the smooth vocals of Dawn Zee.
A unique window into a moment in time; the Thelonious Monk Quartet live a school hall in 1968, at a gig arranged by a 15-year-old, and recorded by the janitor! The results more than live up to the backstory.
A trio of Scandinavian jazz heavyweights set a course for the stars on Space Sailors, embracing the sounds of psychedelia and krautrock along the way.
Chick Corea brings a lifetime of musical influences, and elements of game playing, to these brilliant live recordings, with the audience very much part of the act.
The term ‘rising star’ gets thrown around a lot in modern jazz music, but Nubya Garcia's long-awaited debut album is a testament to the praise she's garnered on her rise to prominence on the UK circuit.
Gregory Porter's latest studio album is his most celebratory yet. Returning listeners will no doubt appreciate the allusions to past successes like Take Me to the Alley and Liquid Spirit, while this lush new studio orchestra and powerful songs will delight new and old fans alike.
Bill Frisell's new record gives us the most succinct version of the veteran guitarist's recent sound to date, in a stripped-down trio format. However, there's still plenty to enjoy with this familiar sound.
Omega is both a bold and personal statement for the young saxophonist, backed by a trio of accomplished up-and-coming players on his debut record.
Hedvig Mollestad’s latest studio offering is jazz-rock fusion, with an emphasis on the rock. With a selection of dynamic pieces and fierce energy, there’s both awesome riffs and deep complexity to be found in Mollestad’s music.
Norwegian drummer Per Oddvar Johansen’s latest record sees his trio exploring vastness and introspection with a minimal palette.
One of the most thrilling releases to pass across our desks in recent months, in any genre, Bab L' Bluz's Nayda! is the sound of Morocco's youth reclaiming their heritage, powered by a love of the blues.
Trio Ivoire's twentieth anniversary record is a celebration of their well-honed fusion of West African music and European jazz, with new guest collaborators and intriguing arrangements to boot.