Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: True Story review – emotive South African jazz with a bite
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by Ammar Kalia
2d ago
(Mushroom Hour/New Soil)The latest album by Jiyane, of collective Spaza, wades into darker territory to reflect the reality of poverty in the country The South African jazz scene has exploded with fresh talent in recent years, from artists such as Johannesburg collective Spaza, who have developed an urgent form of social consciousness free jazz, to pianist Thandi Ntuli’s minimal and affective melodies and drummers Asher Gamedze and Tumi Mogorosi’s thrashing maximalism. At the softer end of the spectrum sits trombonist and Spaza member Malcolm Jiyane. Harking back to the country’s popular jazz ..read more
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The best albums of 2024 so far
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by Aneesa Ahmed, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Alexis Petridis; classical picks by Andrew Clements
5d ago
Billie Eilish’s third is a triumph, Shabaka goes woodwind and Yunchan Lim makes the most thrilling piano debut of the decade … here are our music team’s picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year Being called “overproduced” is generally a criticism but BMTH make it a virtue on this ridiculously high-intensity album. The glitched-up production reflects a fiendishly intricate digital world, while frontman Oli Sykes’ emotions are more histrionic – and affecting – than ever. At a time when so many bands are content with tinkering at the edges of what’s been done before, it’s bracing to ..read more
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Zara McFarlane: Sweet Whispers: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan review – terrific tribute to a jazz legend
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by John Fordham
1w ago
(Eternal Source of Light/!K7 Records)The British jazz singer pays homage to Vaughan with earthiness and spontaneity: an animated reinvention of these classics The great African American double bass player Richard Davis used to note that it had been “the university of Sarah Vaughan” – his life on the road from 1957-63 with the jazz singer dubbed The Divine One – that taught him everything worth knowing about timing, improvisation and making every sound count. Vaughan’s range and breath control, effortlessly cool spontaneity, and the telling punctuation of her phrasing have inspired all manner o ..read more
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‘Collaboration lifts up the field, electrifying it’: musician Carlos Niño on jams with André 3000 and more
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by Dashiell Lewis
2w ago
The multi-hyphenate LA artist explains how he facilitates journeys into the ‘eternal depths’ – and why his new album is all about pregnancy and birth Carlos Niño’s calm baritone echoes through the space of his Topanga, California, home, and when filtered through my internet connection and iPhone speaker, it begins to feel like a transmission from the outer reaches. He speaks in unhurried, spiralling paragraphs as if untangling a knot, pulling overlapping ideas free from one another, and his music – a graceful, glowing combination of glimmering ambient, dreamy hip-hop beats and experimental jaz ..read more
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GeeJay: What’s the Sun Without the Rain? review – charming UK jazz-soul
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by Ammar Kalia
3w ago
(Believe UK) Melodic grooves and warm vocals unfurl on Gina Jane and Jacob Lobo’s debut album of originals contemplating new parenthood and more Soulful influences seem to be a staple of the current British jazz scene. Artists ranging from production duo Blue Lab Beats to singer Sofia Grant and saxophonist Laura Misch all draw on soaring melodies, warm vocals and a foundational sense of soul rhythm when it comes to their jazz-referencing compositions. Bournemouth/London duo GeeJay are the latest to add to this roster of jazz-soul with the release of their debut album. Building on two previous ..read more
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‘He’s never worked a day in his life!’: Paul McCartney honours Bruce Springsteen at Ivor Novello awards
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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas
3w ago
Springsteen receives Academy fellowship as Raye named songwriter of the year, and Yussef Dayes, Victoria Canal and Speakers Corner Quartet pick up major awards Bruce Springsteen was the top honouree at the 2024 Ivor Novello awards, given an Academy fellowship – the first international artist to be handed that accolade. Paul McCartney presented him with the award in a playful speech: “I couldn’t think of a more fitting recipient,” he said. “Except maybe Bob Dylan. Or Paul Simon, or Billy Joel, or Beyoncé, or Taylor Swift. The list goes on … He’s known as the American working man, but he admits ..read more
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Reverb review – summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in a concrete basement!
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by Jonathan Jones
3w ago
180 Studios, LondonThis pounding show explores the magic of collaborations – between musicians and between the worlds of art and music. Our writer gets so deep in the groove he can’t get out I was so engrossed by Reverb’s first installation I struggled to get past it. Stan Douglas’s Luanda-Kinshasa is a masterpiece of filmed live music, here projected in the long, sloping concrete vestibule of the subterranean warren of 180 Studios. I could easily have sat through all six hours of it. When I did finally drag myself away, I carried its joy through the rest of the show. Reverb explores collabora ..read more
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Unheard Louis Armstrong recordings to be released
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by Aneesa Ahmed
3w ago
What a Wonderful World and You’ll Never Walk Alone are among five unreleased tracks on compilation Louis in London, performed at the BBC in 1968 Unheard performances by Louis Armstrong at the BBC in 1968, regarded by Armstrong aficionados as some of the jazz legend’s greatest work, are to finally be released. A compilation titled Louis in London, available in July, will feature well-known numbers The Bare Necessities, Mack the Knife and Hello, Dolly!, the latter of which premieres today with a video of Armstrong performing at BBC Studios. There are also five recordings that have never been rel ..read more
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Jasmine Myra: Rising review – gently insistent jazz
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by Ammar Kalia
1M ago
(Gondwana) The alto saxophonist leans into her soft and subtle sound with newfound confidence on this second album With the release of her 2022 debut album, Horizons, saxophonist Jasmine Myra became a breakout star of the UK jazz scene. Weaving soft and subtle alto saxophone lines through compositions that paired luscious harmonies with snapping rhythms, Myra showcased her skill as a composer rather than an instrumental virtuoso. On her second album, she continues to produce this gently insistent sound, now leaning further into her capabilities as a soloist. The opening, title track evokes a K ..read more
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Rhythm Nation: how music gives Haiti hope amid the chaos
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by Kevin Le Gendre
1M ago
The country has been hit by decades of crises and catastrophe, but its culture continues to thrive across the diaspora. Here, Haitian musicians celebrate its ’sounds of freedom’ Even before March this year, when gun-toting gangs overran the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, dictatorships, poverty, health crises and earthquakes had defined the country in the eyes of global media. It passes for the archetypal failed state, a place where Unicef has declared that 3 million children urgently need humanitarian aid. Yet there is an alternative to thi ..read more
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