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Review of Nduduzo Makhathini: In the Spirit of Ntu

Nduduzo Makhathini: In the Spirit of Ntu

Jaleel Shaw | Linda Sikhakhane | Anna Widauer | Stephen de Souza | Gontse Makhene | Dylan Tabisher | Dane Paris | Robin Fassie Kock | Nduduzo Makhathini

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

This is the second album by Makhathini to be issued on the Blue Note imprint; the first – Modes of...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: July/2022

Review of Ole Matthiessen: Social Distancing

Ole Matthiessen: Social Distancing

Rune Fog-Nielsen | Jan zum Vohrde | Eliel Lazo | Lis Wessberg | Bob Rockwell | Ole Streenberg | Ole Matthiessen | Henrik Bolberg

Stunt

Rating: ★★★

The influential Danish pianist-producer Matthiessen, now 75, worked on these 13 pieces during 2020’s lockdown and says they look to...

Reviewed by Peter Vacher in issue: July/2022

Review of Nicole Johänntgen: Solo II

Nicole Johänntgen: Solo II

Nicole Johänntgen

Selmabird Records

Rating: ★★★

Last year, hard-working and just as hard-to-pigeonhole Swiss saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen released Henry III, the third instalment of her New...

Reviewed by Robert Shore in issue: July/2022

Review of Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows

Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows

Roger Sellers | Ken Shaw | Roger Sutton | Dave Macrae | Neil Ardley | Trevor Tomkins | Bob Bertles | Brian Smith | Tony Coe | Paul Buckmaster

Gull

This is the final part of an Ardley trilogy, preceded by two highly collectable British jazz vinyl albums, Greek Variations...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: July/2022

Review of Dettmar Quartet: Escales

Dettmar Quartet: Escales

Francois Laizeau | Guillaume Dettmar | Bernard Cochin | Alexandre Jouravksy

Naïve/Believe

Rating: ★★★

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music – in the broadest sense – have long had an influence on European musicians, and...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: July/2022

Review of Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda: Thread of Light

Satoko Fujii/Joe Fonda: Thread of Light

Satoko Fujii | Joe Fonda

Editor's Choice

FSR

Rating: ★★★★

Thread of Light is the fifth collaboration since 2015 between the great Japanese pianist and improviser/composer Satoko Fujii, and the...

Reviewed by John Fordham in issue: July/2022

Review of Barney Wilen: Zodiac

Barney Wilen: Zodiac

Barney Wilen | Jacques Thalot | Carl Heinz Berger | Jean-Francois Jenny Clarke

We Are Busy Bodies

Rating: ★★★

French tenor saxophone player Barney Wilen is now probably best remembered for his work with Miles Davis on the soundtrack...

Reviewed by Edwin Pouncey in issue: July/2022

Review of Mark Murphy: Four Classic Albums

Mark Murphy: Four Classic Albums

Wynton Kelly | Jimmy Rowles | Mel Lewis | Blue Mitchell | Urbie Green | Bill Evans | Barry Galbraith | Mark Murphy | Joe Mondragon | Clark Terry

Avid

Rating: ★★★★

Avid’s double-CD concentrates, first, on Murphy’s earliest work, with Decca’s Meet Mark Murphy and Let Yourself Go albums from 1956...

Reviewed by Peter Vacher in issue: July/2022

Review of Ray Charles: The Singles Collection 1949-62

Ray Charles: The Singles Collection 1949-62

Quentin Jackson | Joe Newman | Irv Cottler | Earl Warren | Al Grey | Don Wilkerson | Paul Gonsalves | Tom Mitchell | Dickie Wells | Emmet Dennis

Editor's Choice

Acrobat

Rating: ★★★★

If ever a 5-CD set were devised to act as the curtain raiser for the recently-issued True Genius 6-CD set...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: July/2022

Review of Benny Maupin & Adam Rudolph: Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef

Benny Maupin & Adam Rudolph: Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef

Benny Maupin | Adam Rudolph

Editor's Choice

Strut

Rating: ★★★★

Although Yusef Lateef was a noted pioneer of improvised music that drew extensively on ‘other sounds’ from Africa, Asia and...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: July/2022

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