Larry Young – Heaven on Earth

decjan-cover350Jack McDuff among others dubbed Larry Young ‘the Coltrane of the Hammond organ’ – and he remains one of the all-time heavyweight players of this majestic instrument – expanding its language from his roots in Bartók and the blues, to McCoy Tyner, Trane and blazing jazz-rock. Adept at straddling any genre, he was part of Miles’ Bitches Brew sessions, Tony Williams’ Lifetime and even some one-off sessions with Jimi Hendrix. With the previously unissued Larry Young in Paris: The ORTF Recordings from the mid-1960s scheduled for release in January 2016 on Resonance Records, firing up interest in this mercurial figure, who died in 1978 aged just 37, Stuart Nicholson looks back at this hugely influential organist’s life and work as a major lead-off to this issue’s salute to the heroes of the Hammond organ

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Brian Auger – From Oblivion to Here

decjan-cover350One of Britain’s foremost Hammond heroes, Brian Auger’s career began in swinging 1960s London when he was asked to dep for an indisposed Georgie Fame. Subsequently forming The Trinity with Julie Driscoll, and then his revered group Oblivion Express, Auger went on to be hailed as the Godfather of Acid Jazz in the 1990s, latterly straddling both jazz and rock worlds. Gigging prolifically today at the age of 76, and with the release of two new CDs, Live In Los Angeles and Back To The Beginning, Kevin Le Gendre caught up with the accidental icon for a younger generation

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Elephant9 – Moving Mountains

decjan-cover350Heavy riffing jazz-prog monoliths Elephant9 have just released Silver Mountain, arguably their finest recording yet. Spencer Grady opens the trunk on the group’s continuing evolution, while uncovering the influences behind the Norwegians’ Hammond-headed sound

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Georgia Mancio – Leap of Faith

decjan-cover350Singer Gerogia Mancio has climbed musical mountains in the last five years, curating and organising the annual ReVoice! vocal festival as well as forging a solo career of increasing distinction and character. It’s apt then, that in the year she’s taken a well-deserved break from the festival, she’s released a live album of duos performed at ReVoice! with the cream of the UK scene, and formed a new musical partnership with Grammy winning pianist Alan Broadbent. The busy vocalist tells Peter Quinn how it all came about by leaping into the unknown

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Kamasi Washington – West Coast Uprising

decjan-cover350The emergence of Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington this year as one of the hottest names in jazz – thanks to the avalanche of music he unleashed on his remarkable triple-disc debut album The Epic – has caused shockwaves on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only has The Epic come out at No.1 in Jazzwise’s 2015 Album of the Year Critics Poll, it’s won almost universal acclaim from both the jazz and rock press. This new LA scene’s wider impact now sees Herbie Hancock working with influential jazz-influenced über-producer Flying Lotus and bass-guitar whirlwind Thundercat. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to Washington and his bassist Miles Mosley, joining the dots of this expansive collective and tracing its deep links from contemporary rap star Kendrick Lamar to 1990s psychedelic hip hop and the 1960s spiritual jazz of Alice and John Coltrane

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