Album Review - Chet Baker - Salt Peanuts

Chet Baker has become a figure of great reverence and of great tragedy. Live recordings from the latter years of his career show us why. Baker was an active participant in the European jazz scene in the 1980’s until his…

Album Review - Mark Wade - Songs From Isolation

There is no doubt that many music listeners would roll their eyes at the idea of a solo bass project. The bass guitar in particular has had its reputation tarnished by numerous albums where technique has given melody a heavy…

Album Review - Miles Davis - The Lost Septet

When writing about an album recorded in the latter part of Miles Davis’ career, it is difficult to avoid falling back on cliche’s about how he kept reinventing himself and incorporating current musical developments. That path has been well trodden…

Album Review - Weather Report - Live In London

At a time when many of us cannot go to see musicians perform, a live album from one of the greatest jazz ensembles of all time is a welcome gift. Recorded at ‘some point in the eighties’, Live In London

Album Review - Tony Kofi - Another Kind Of Soul

 

The current British jazz scene is a musically diverse environment. An environment where harmonically advanced heavyweights coexist alongside improvisers favouring a backdrop of lo-fi hip-hop. It sometimes seems that in this search for the new or the more musically challenging…

Album Review - Nick Lockewood - About Time

Recorded live in 2017, About Time is the debut album by bassist and composer Nick Lockewood. The recording is the culmination of his postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. This academic setting has allowed the…

Album Review - Al Di Meola - Elegant Gypsy & More LIVE

When the experiment of combining rock and jazz music originally took place, the two genres were placed in the test tube, given a stir and a violent explosion took place. One of the by-products of this controversial chemistry was the…

John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once

The release of previously unissued John Coltrane studio recordings is met with a frenzied enthusiasm which few events in the jazz world could match. One of the great musical innovators of the twentieth century, Coltrane pushed the limits of…

Mark Wade - Moving Day

 

New York City has long been a magnet for the world’s most capable and creative improvising musicians. The embryonic stages of jazz may have taken place in New Orleans but the music quickly migrated North East as musicians…

Album Review - Al Di Meola - Opus

Al Di Meola is unquestionably one of the great guitar innovators of his generation. His formidable technique and fluency in a number of styles has placed his name indelibly in the history of jazz and improvised music. However capable…

Album Review - Tom Syson - Green

In a jazz scene littered with creative talent, British trumpet players appear to be few and far between when compared with their woodwind playing colleagues. That is why it is all the more refreshing to hear a musician of…

Album Review - Nicolas Kummert - La Diversité - Edition Records

Edition Records have developed an impressive roster of European jazz musicians. Hailing from Belgium, Nicolas Kummert is a powerful tenor saxophonist whose sound is full of subtlety and character.  

The album opens with Rainbow People, which features an…