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 Recording of the Week, Makaya McCraven, 'Deciphering the Message'

by Matt Groom

Drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven creatively samples recordings from Blue Note's vast catalogue, combining recordings by Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and more with contributions from contemporary artists.

 Recording of the Week, Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory, 'Arashi No Ato (After the Storm)'

by Joshua Lee

The London-based trumpeter's Banger Factory imprint bridges the gap between the generations in the city's jazz scene, flagging both the band and Kavuma himself as ones to watch. Essential listening for lovers of classic bebop-styled jazz.

 Recording of the Week, Petter Eldh, 'Projekt Drums Vol. 1'

by Joshua Lee

The Swedish-born, Berlin-residing bass player indulges in his love of hip-hop, funk, and beats on a drums-focussed project featuring an all-star cast of percussionists.

 Recording of the Week, Kate McGarry, 'What to Wear in the Dark'

by Matt Groom

Kate McGarry presents a moving selection of twilight songs, drawing generously from the rock and pop canon of the 70s. With an all-star backing band led by guitarist Keith Ganz, What to Wear in the Dark is a timely reminder of how sensitive, yet adventurous, an interpreter McGarry has become.

 Recording of the Week, Tenderlonious, 'Still Flute'

by Joshua Lee

Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Ed Cawthorne returns to the sounds of 2016's On Flute, with the well-suited combo of improvised flute and moody electronic beats.

 Recording of the Week, Eivind Aarset 4tet, 'Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey'

by Joshua Lee

On his ninth full-length record, Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset combines influences from ambient music, Nordic jazz and hard rock to spellbinding effect.

 Recording of the Week, Esperanza Spalding - Songwrights Apothecary Lab

by Joshua Lee

The renowned bassist-vocalist flexes her songwriting chops with twelve diverse pieces, realised with a laboratory of interchanging collaborators.

 Recording of the Week, BADBADNOTGOOD, 'Talk Memory'

by Joshua Lee

The Canadian trio's latest album sees them embracing their jazz roots through improvisation. With a handful of guest appearances and bold, dynamic compositions, Talk Memory is one of the most exciting BADBADNOTGOOD releases to date.

 Recording of the Week, Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'Poof'

by Matt Groom

Welcome to the strange world of Henry Threadgill's Zooid, where composed structures are brought to life by the groups inimitable approach to improvisation. Matt takes a listen to the group's latest recording, Poof, out now on PI Recordings.

 Recording of the Week, Vasconcelos Sentimento, 'Furto'

by Matt Groom

Vasconcelos Sentimento's Furto is a peculiar mix of homemade jazz, Hip Hop and anything he can make a noise out of. It won't be for all tastes, but we like it.

 Recording of the Week, Nicole Glover, 'Strange Lands'

by Joshua Lee

The rising saxophonist makes a bold statement on her sophomore record with a set of sci-fi inspired originals, featuring guest contributions from pianist George Cables.

 Recording of the Week, Kinkajous, 'Being Waves'

by Joshua Lee

The London quintet's sophomore record sees them further perfecting their sophisticated synthesis of acoustic and electronic sounds.

 Recording of the Week, Marcin Wasilewski Trio, 'En attendant'

by Joshua Lee

The Polish trio's seventh release on ECM - recorded alongside their Joe Lovano collaboration - sees them tackling familiar favourites including Bach's Goldberg Variations and Carla Bley, balanced with moody improvisatory pieces.

 Recording of the Week, Kenny Garrett, 'Sounds from the Ancestors'

by Joshua Lee

An amalgam of modern jazz sensibilities, African diasporic sounds and reverence for the elders, Sounds from the Ancestors is a confident release from the saxophonist who once shared the bandstand with Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

 Recording of the Week, John McLaughlin, 'Liberation Time'

by Joshua Lee

The veteran jazz fusion guitarist offers his take on the 'lockdown album', recorded with a hand-picked selection of international musicians.

 Recording of the Week, Another Side of John Coltrane

by Joshua Lee

A new compilation from Craft Recordings focuses on John Coltrane's work as a sideman, featuring the master saxophonist on recordings by Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and more.

 Recording of the Week, Slowly Rolling Camera, 'Where the Streets Lead'

by Joshua Lee

Slowly Rolling Camera's second outing as an instrumental trio finds them delving further into cinematic territory, complete with an eight-piece string section and handful of excellent guest collaborators.

 Recording of the Week, Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain

by Matt Groom

This new compilation explores the rich back-catalogue of recordings from the British jazz explosion, including rare cuts by Kenny Wheeler, Neil Ardley, Mike Westbrook and more. Journeys In Modern Jazz proves to be an excellent primer to Britain's unique jazz sound.

 Recording of the Week, Matt Ridley, 'The Antidote'

by Joshua Lee

The UK bass player's third release sees him pooling influences from rock, folk, and classical music, balancing memorable melodies with fluid improvisation.

 Recording of the Week, Kohsuke Mine - First

by Joshua Lee

A hidden gem of '70s Japanese jazz is reissued for the first time, courtesy of British record label Barely Breaking Even. Kohsuke Mine's debut studio recording proves to be a key piece of the J-jazz narrative, embracing the experimental new sounds of the time.