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June 2017 Issue

The 50th anniversary this month of The Beatles' game-changing concept album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has provided...

Gerry Mulligan, one of the giants of jazz's first century, would have been 90 this year. He left behind a legacy of...

Dividing his time between NYC and Europe has enabled pianist-composer Andrew McCormack to hone his craft, find direction and a...

The career of long term John Zorn associate, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft is notable for taking a series of...

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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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Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Has Stuart Nicholson got a crystal ball? Back in the April issue in the interview with Tim Garland talking about his new album One, he nailed it with the closing...

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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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Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Precociously talented vocalist, pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs found her jazz feet and a ready audience with the release of Soul Eyes on Blue Note earlier this year. She spoke...

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Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just the Two of Us

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just th…

The dynamic top-tier pairing of Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman are seeking to elevate the status of the piano and sax formation with their new album on Nonesuch, Nearness. Ahead...

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Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studying jazz at university

Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studyin…

Rising star pianist Dominic J Marshall has produced four impressive albums to date, his latest being The Triolithic, featuring his molten blend of hard hitting melodic jazz underpinned with slugged...

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The best of Bobby Wellins on record

The best of Bobby Wellins on record

Jazzwise is saddened to hear of Bobby Wellins' death. Peter Vacher interviewed the great saxophonist in the magazine 10 years ago, and he provided this list of Wellins' finest recordings: Stan...

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Symphonic jazz: a history

Symphonic jazz: a history

Long-form classical-indebted compositions are back in style. Stuart Nicholson takes a close look at the evolution of extended symphonic orchestrations in jazz, from the creations of Gershwin to Ellington to...

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Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Spiritual Unity Get Back/Esp-Disk (1964)Ayler's 1964 studio debut for Bernard Stollman's ESP-Disk label is a bench mark free jazz recording that still has the power to shock and awe those...

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Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the image

Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the im…

Keith Shadwick charts the career trajectory of one of the great singers of the 20th century, classic albums and artistic lapses included. Plus, explore our 'Take 2: Frank Sinatra and...

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Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Since his death the influence of Jimi Hendrix's music and the general fascination with his celebrity has grown year on year. While rock fans claim Hendrix as one of their...

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Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Jack McDuff among others dubbed ‘the Coltrane of the Hammond organ’ – and he remains one of the all-time heavyweight players of this majestic instrument – expanding its language from...

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Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Sun Ra was one of the most inventive and controversial musicians of the 20th century. Here are 10 key recordings plucked by Edwin Pouncey from Ra’s enormous discography that continues...

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Gregory Porter – street life

Gregory Porter – street life

Singing sensation Gregory Porter has come a long way since the UK release of his debut album, Water, in 2011 and his first ever worldwide front cover in Jazzwise in...

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and Yang

Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and …

How did John Coltrane and Miles Davis get on? The odd couple, with contrasting personalities on and off the bandstand. But together the music they produced was peerless, says Ashley...

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Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

When the Newport Jazz Festival began in 1954, it became a barometer for all that was hot in jazz in 1950s America. As such it was the backdrop behind the...

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Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Uprising

Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Upr…

The emergence of Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington as one of the hottest names in jazz – thanks to the avalanche of music he unleashed on his remarkable triple-disc debut...

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Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Brian Priestley celebrates Bud Powell’s place at the forefront of modern jazz, revisits his achievements alongside Charlie Parker at the birth of bebop, and explores the darker side of Powell’s exceptional...

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Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

More than four decades after his death, the music of Wes Montgomery continues to illuminate the jazz guitar world like a beacon. Jack Massarik reappraises the Indiana superstar’s life and...

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Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

  Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century and left an extraordinary legacy of recordings behind when she died at the age of 44 in 1959...

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Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

When Stuart Nicholson’s biography of Billie Holiday was published in the USA it was nominated a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times Review of Books. Here...

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Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisit Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity

Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisi…

  "When you play electronic music, you have the control of the imagination of the people in the room, and it can get to an extent where it's almost physical." (Ralf...

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Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis biographer George Cole recalls the significance Tutu, regarded by many as Miles’ last major statement, and talks to his main collaborator on the album, Marcus Miller When the Tutu...

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