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Life-changing jazz albums: John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Life-changing jazz albums: John Coltrane…

Hammond organ hero Joey DeFrancesco talks about the album that changed his life, A Love Supreme, by John Coltrane. Interview by Brian Glasser When I started, because I played the organ, I...

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Jazz in Mexico today: a beginner's guide

Jazz in Mexico today: a beginner's guide

Patrick McMahon offers a guide to the thriving jazz scene in Mexico, including a list of artists to listen out for. You can enjoy most of these tracks in our...

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Jazz drumming and the vision of Jonathan Barber

Jazz drumming and the vision of Jonathan…

Kay Shackelford introduces a bold new force on the jazz drumming scene: Jonathan Barber When listening to Jonathan Barber, there’s an earful of innovative and thoughtful rhythmic execution that causes pause...

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All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise

All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cru…

Jon Newey experiences the unique musical possibilities of the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise It’s early Monday morning on 29 January and the day has dawned surprisingly clear. Overnight the grey...

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Classic interview with Hugh Masekela: “Hey, instead of rhythm and blues, how about ghetto and Bach?”

Classic interview with Hugh Masekela: “H…

In 2010, Hugh Masekela, the great South African musician and an inspiration in the cultural and political struggle against apartheid, spoke candidly to Jazzwise's Marcus O'Dair about his continued to fight...

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Frank Zappa's jazz legacy

Frank Zappa's jazz legacy

Frank Zappa left a huge legacy of pioneering music and outspoken opinions that has proved obliquely influential in shaping the style and attitudes of generations of rock and jazz musicians...

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Across the tracks: Ella Fitzgerald's recording of Duke Ellington's ‘I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues’

Across the tracks: Ella Fitzgerald's rec…

Brian Priestley takes the opportunity to put Ella Fitzgerald’s soulful 1957 version of Ellington’s ‘I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues’ under the microscope It’s well known that Ella Fitzgerald had...

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Life-changing jazz albums: 'My Song' by Keith Jarrett

Life-changing jazz albums: 'My Song' by …

Pianist Gwilym Simcock talks about the album that changed his life, 'My Song' by Keith Jarrett. Interview by Brian Glasser The biggest turning point I’ve ever had, it was a life-changing...

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The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018

The shape of jazz to come: who to look o…

Photo: Rohey It’s time to divine the divine, as we ask our crack unit of writers and assorted other taste-formers to gaze into their crystal balls and reveal the intel on...

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Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2017

Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2017

In another turbulent year of head-spinning change, much of it unwelcome, jazz has once again proved itself as resilient and inspirational as ever. Jazzwise’s prestigious Albums of the Year New...

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John Etheridge interview: “We never got paid for Soft Machine. God knows what happened to the money”

John Etheridge interview: “We never got …

AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology...

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Introducing: Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV

Introducing: Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV

Quincy Jones is many things – a 27-time Grammy award winner, TV and movie producer, actor, record company head honcho, magazine founder, and arranger and music producer of the biggest...

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Life-changing jazz albums: 'Charlie Parker with Strings'

Life-changing jazz albums: 'Charlie Park…

Keyboard-player Lonnie Liston Smith talks about the album that changed his life, Charlie Parker With Strings, by Charlie Parker. Interview by Brian Glasser I know the one straight away – it...

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Life-changing jazz albums: 'Sunday at the Village Vanguard' by the Bill Evans Trio

Life-changing jazz albums: 'Sunday at th…

Bassist Miroslav Vitous talks about the album that changed his life, Sunday at the Village Vanguard, by the Bill Evans Trio. Interview by Brian Glasser The one album for me goes...

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Life-changing jazz albums: 'Spiritual Unity' by the Albert Ayler Trio

Life-changing jazz albums: 'Spiritual Un…

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings talks about the album that changed his life, Spiritual Unity, by the Albert Ayler Trio. Interview by Brian Glasser It was really easy for me to decide: Albert...

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Life-changing jazz albums: Miles Davis' 'In A Silent Way'

Life-changing jazz albums: Miles Davis' …

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh talks about the album that changed his life, In A Silent Way, by Miles Davis. Interview by Brian Glasser I first heard this when I was 20 or...

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Binker & Moses: twin peaks

Binker & Moses: twin peaks

The debut long-player, Dem Ones, from young-gun sax and drums duo Binker & Moses, garnered the prodigious pair some serious critical heat. Their forthright improv-heavy, beat-fuelled approach has also resonated...

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Christian Scott interview: “Not everyone in America enjoys the same type of freedom”

Christian Scott interview: “Not everyone…

New Orleans-born trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged over the last decade as a leading figure in the vanguard of younger musicians bringing jazz to a wider audience. Drawing on his...

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Such Sweet Thunder: inside Duke Ellington's literary world

Such Sweet Thunder: inside Duke Ellingto…

A crucial but frequently overlooked aspect of Duke Ellington's creative life was his engagement with literature. From Shakespeare to Steinbeck, Ellington's love of the written word inspired much of his...

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John Coltrane: Beyond the Holy Mountain

John Coltrane: Beyond the Holy Mountain

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of John Coltrane, one of the true musical giants of the 20th century whose monumental legacy casts a considerable shadow across...

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Thelonious Monk: essential recordings

Thelonious Monk: essential recordings

A completely unique pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago, in October 1917. His recordings (both live and in the studio) continue to inspire jazz musicians today...

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Ella Fitzgerald: essential recordings

Ella Fitzgerald: essential recordings

Ella Fitzgerald, whose centenary is being widely celebrated this year, left a huge legacy of classic recordings. Here's just a small sample of some of the finest currently available, complete...

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Twenty years of Jazzwise's Albums of the Year

Twenty years of Jazzwise's Albums of the…

Every year our writers vote for the recording that they think most deserves the accolade 'Album of the Year'. And here they are in all their glory - from 1997...

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Jazz in the 1960s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

Jazz in the 1960s: the ultimate guide to…

The quantity and diversity of great jazz albums recorded in the 1960s means that any list of great albums that claims to be in any way 'definitive' is on very...

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Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to…

If you are discovering jazz for the first time then you've just found the perfect place to start. And if you are a true aficionado then this list is sure...

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Weather Report: the life and times of the group on record

Weather Report: the life and times of th…

The March 2017 issue of Jazzwise features a fascinating new article about the legendary electric bass player Jaco Pastorius (subscribe here). To celebrate, we present a comprehensive profile of the...

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Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Dazzling Cuban expat violinist Omar Puente will be performing as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival at Ronnie Scott's on 17 March. In a recent interview with Jazzwise...

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Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this real disconnect between the establishment bubble and what’s happening in society"

Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this…

Saxophonist Soweto Kinch will appear as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Fesitval at Ronnie Scott's on 15 March. In a recent Jazzwise interview, Kevin Le Gendre got to...

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John McLaughlin – lighting the way

John McLaughlin – lighting the way

On 14 and 15 March, John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension will be playing at Ronnie Scott's as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival. In this recent interview with...

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Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Tomorrow is the question: These are the jazz starts you should look out for in 2017 If you’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 12 months stranded on a desert...

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Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusive interview

Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusi…

Writer Mark Youll caught up with legendary singer and pianist Georgie Fame for a rare and exclusive interview It's crazy to think that it's now been 57 years since Ronnie Scott's...

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Musson, Kjær and Marshall set for Iklectik date this weekend

Musson, Kjær and Marshall set for Iklect…

Three of the key figures on London's improv scene – tenor saxophonist Rachel Musson, alto saxophonist Julie Kjær and cellist Hannah Marshall – assemble their free jazz meets mutant chamber-music...

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Brown and Flanagan mind their language with buoyant bout of Hastings beat-descendancy

Brown and Flanagan mind their language w…

  That so many came out to The Stade on a hot and airless night was a tribute to Jazz Hastings and their programme planning, on this occasion presenting an evening of jazz...

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Say A Little Prayer: Aretha Franklin 25/03/42 – 16/08/18

Say A Little Prayer: Aretha Franklin 25/…

  As far as monikers go, 'Lady Soul' may well have proved a heavy load to bear for many artists. Yet Aretha Franklin, who has died at the age of 76...

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Elling elegantly elliptical at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Fest

Elling elegantly elliptical at Edinburgh…

This year's 40th anniversary Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (EJBF) was a far cry from the inaugural Edinburgh jazz fest back in 1978, a one day, mostly un-ticketed event, which...

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Nicole Mitchell - Black Earth & Mons…

Over the last decade Nicole Mitchell has proved herself a progressive force to be reckoned with, recording a slew of albums where quality matches quantity. Her Mandorla Awakening 11 Emerging...

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Jean Toussaint - Brotherly Love

The life of Jean Toussaint has taken him from his birthplace in the US Virgin Islands, to living in New York, studying at Berklee College of Music and being resident...

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Cuong Vu - The Dance Of Time

Coming to global attention as part of the Pat Metheny Group, trumpeter Cuong Vu stood out as a fiery leftfield stylist. Yet, his evolution as an equally compelling solo artist...

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Eddie Harris - The Ghost of Electricity

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of tenor-saxophonist Eddie Harris' boundarybreaking Silver Cycles album. This somewhat overlooked, but space-age cocktail of spiritual jazz, avant-garde and ethereal voices...

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'A Great Day in Harlem' celebrates 60th anniversary

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Photographer Art Kane's legendary jazz photograph 'Harlem – 1958', commonly known as 'A Great Day in Harlem', celebrates its 60th anniversary on 12 August and is the subject of new...

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