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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.
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.
Jeff Goldblum's second album is an enjoyable romp through the standards, with a little help from his star-studded friends.
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.
Released 25 years after Officium, Remember Me, My Dear is the final album recorded by saxophonist Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble.
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.
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.
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.
Worlds Collide in order to create brave new ones on Michael Janisch's highly enjoyable new album.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A fiery yet satisfying album from JD Allen, marking the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery in America.
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.
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.
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.
Matt enjoys a collaboration between master kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the dutch Rembrandt Frerichs Trio on their evocative new album.
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.
This exciting young quintet from Norway release a memorable album of jazz fusion with tongue-firmly in cheek.