Category Archives: Jazz Reviews

Anouar Brahem – Souvenance (ECM)

This fragile sound of nascent hope is a unique piece of ambient jazz with an exotic edge, and is one of the major discoveries of 2015 for me. 4 Stars Disc 1: 6 tracks / 52 mins. Disc 2: 5 … Continue reading

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Jacques Loussier: Personal Favourites, Other Composers

Great or not, Lacques Loussier has quietly made a tremendous impact on British culture 4 / 3.5 Stars CD 1: 27 tracks, 137 mins CD 2: 22 tracks, 131 mins Tel Arc I’m not sure whether to describe Jacques Loussier … Continue reading

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Quercus – Quercus (ECM)

What? June Tabor on a jazz label? 4 Stars 12 Tracks / 46 Minutes Well, yes, but it does make plenty of concessions to her folk core and becomes a blend of the two genres sealed seamlessly by sensitive and … Continue reading

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Saffron – Dawning (Palmetto Records)

Gorgeously sensual, this lush world- jazz is so global that it connects 13th century Persian poetry with the Rolling Stones 4 Stars 7 Tracks / 70 Minutes Often a release reinforces the feeling that corporate music is ridiculously over-valued and … Continue reading

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Branford Marsalis Quartet – 4 MFs Playing Tunes (Marsalis Music)

This one is all about the tunes, but features typically tight interplay from a renowned quartet that almost defines classic jazz. 4 Stars 9 Tracks / 67 Minutes One of the things that never changes about the Branford Marsalis Quartet … Continue reading

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Tord Gustavsen Quartet – The Well (ECM)

  Tord Gustavsen’s excellent serving of chilled jazz is already on my short list for the best of 2012. 4.5 stars 11 tracks / 53 minutes The place where music is conceived can have a radical effect on the style … Continue reading

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Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo (Marsalis Music)

This duo keeps the Marsalis family brand’s reputation for classic, breezy jazz. 4 stars 9 tracks / 55 minutes When the Branford Marsalis Quartet released their last album Metamorphosis, Marsalis – being a democratic kind of bandleader – gave each … Continue reading

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