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Review of Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums

Donald Byrd: Four Classic Albums

Philly Joe Jones | Wynton Kelly | Sam Jones | Art Taylor | Billy Higgins | Donald Byrd | Herbie Hancock | Walter Davis Jr. | Charlie Rouse | Jackie McLean

Editor's Choice

Avid

Rating: ★★★★

The title of the first of the four Blue Note albums here is apt, as Off To The Races is...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: February/2023

Review of Dan Weiss: Dedication

Dan Weiss: Dedication

Dan Weiss | Jacob Sacks | Thomas Morgan

Editor's Choice

Cygnus Recordings

Rating: ★★★★

Thinking from the groove up, and prioritising how improvisers might more often space and stretch melodies against beats more than...

Reviewed by John Fordham in issue: February/2023

Review of Anat Cohen: Quartetinho

Anat Cohen: Quartetinho

Tal Mashiach | James Shipp | Vitor Gonçalves | Anat Cohen

Editor's Choice

Anzic Records

Rating: ★★★

With a shared love of the Brazilian songbook serving as its aesthetic lodestar, this hugely enjoyable album from Anat Cohen's...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: February/2023

Review of Monty Alexander: The Montreux Years

Monty Alexander: The Montreux Years

Robert Thomas Jr | Obed Calvaire | Ed Thigpen | Karl Wright | Ron Blake | Andy Bassford | Monty Alexander | Leon Duncan | Ernest Ranglin | Carlton Messam

Editor's Choice

BMG

Rating: ★★★★

Opening with a stunning 1995 solo performance of Alexander's original ‘The Serpent’, there's immediately no doubt that this latest Montreux...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: February/2023

Review of Courtney Pine: Spirituality

Courtney Pine: Spirituality

Jenny Adejayan | Natalie Taylor | Zoe Rahman | Mira Glenn | Elaine Blair | Courtney Pine

Editor's Choice

Destin-E Records

Rating: ★★★★

Courtney's Pine's Spirituality comes at us like a soul-cleanse, a reminder to take stock and practice gratitude.Supported in part by...

Reviewed by Jane Cornwell in issue: February/2023

Review of Georg Gräwe Quintet: New Movements

Georg Gräwe Quintet: New Movements

Georg Gräwe | Harald Dau | Horst Grabosch | Hans Schneider | Achim Krämer

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD

Rating: ★★★★

Born in 1956, pianist Georg Gräwe was part of the second generation of German improvisers who came up in the...

Reviewed by Daniel Spicer in issue: February/2023

Review of Chris Biscoe: Music Is: Chris Biscoe Plays Mike Westbrook

Chris Biscoe: Music Is: Chris Biscoe Plays Mike Westbrook

Mike Outram | Dave Whitford | Jon Scott | Kate Williams | Chris Biscoe

Trio Records

Rating: ★★★★

The only criticism you can have of Chris Biscoe's 50-plus years in jazz is why he's recorded so few projects...

Reviewed by Andy Robson in issue: February/2023

Review of Ben LaMar Gay: Certain Reveries

Ben LaMar Gay: Certain Reveries

Tommaso Moretti | Ben LaMar Gay

International Anthem

Rating: ★★★★

Ben LaMar Gay has spent years in Chicago's black bohemian underground, contributing cornet, synths, vocals and poetry to an evocative...

Reviewed by Nick Hasted in issue: February/2023

Review of Xhosa Cole: Ibeji

Xhosa Cole: Ibeji

Mark Sanders | Jason Brown | Corey Mwamba | Azizi Cole | Lekan Babalola | Adriano Adewale | Xhosa Cole | Ian Parmel

Editor's Choice

Stoney Lane Records

Rating: ★★★★

Difficult second album syndrome? Not for Xhosa Cole, the multi-award-winning Birmingham-based saxophonist whose bold artistic vision was given wings on...

Reviewed by Jane Cornwell in issue: February/2023

Review of Dave Liebman: Trust and Honesty

Dave Liebman: Trust and Honesty

John Herbert | Ben Monder | Dave Liebman

Editor's Choice

Newvelle

Rating: ★★★★

If Dave Liebman is not the most recorded artist in jazz, then he must be pretty close. The liner notes...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: February/2023

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