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Review of Jazzmeia Horn: Love and Liberation

Jazzmeia Horn: Love and Liberation

Stacey Dillard | Victor Gould | Jazzmeia Horn | Ben Williams | Jamison Ross | Sullivan Fortner | Josh Evans

Editor's Choice

Concord

Rating: ★★★★

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, the Dallas-born, NYC-based vocalist Jazzmeia Horn released one of the...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: October/2019

Review of The Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Scotty Barnhart: All About That Basie

The Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Scotty Barnhart: All About That Basie

Doug Miller | Gleave Guyton Jr | Ricky Woodard | Jon Faddis | Mike Williams | Ray Nelson II | Jamie Davis | Kris Johnson | Bobby Floyd | Randy Waldman

Concord

Rating: ★★

The Basie band has gone through a number of incarnations in the years since his death in 1984, of which...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: November/2018

Review of Album Interview: Lizz Wright: Grace

Album Interview: Lizz Wright: Grace

Jay Bellerose | Lizz Wright | Kenny Banks Sr | David Pitch | Marvin Sewell

Concord

Rating: ★★★★

This sixth studio album from Lizz Wright presents a number of key firsts for the Georgia-born vocalist and songwriter. Most...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: October/2017

Review of Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band: One More for the Road

Curtis Stigers with the Danish Radio Big Band: One More for the Road

Danish Radio Big Band | Curtis Stigers

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Rating: ★★★★

If there are some albums which outstay their welcome by shoehorning in a sub-par filler or two, equally there are...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: March/2017

Review of Takuya Kuroda: Zigzagger

Takuya Kuroda: Zigzagger

Concord

Rating: ★★

A Lee Morgan-influenced, Japanese-born New York-based trumpeter making a thoroughly contemporary album that takes its cues from J Dilla beats,...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: February/2017

Review of Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+ Evolution

Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+ Evolution

Esperanza Spalding | Kimberly Davis | Karriem Riggins | Justin Tyson | Nadia Washington | Katriz Trinidad | Celeste Butler | Fred Martin | Matthew Stevens | Corey King

Concord

Rating: ★★★

“Nobody has to know the moral of my show,” Esperanza Spalding sings on ‘Funk the Fear’, and fusillades of fresh...

Reviewed by Nick Hasted in issue: March/2016

Review of John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney

John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney

Harry Allen | John Pizzarelli | Martin Pizzarelli | Bucky Pizzarelli | Larry Goldings

Concord

Rating: ★★

I've never quite taken to Pizzarelli's effete-sounding, Sinatra-lite vocals while fully realising that I'm in a minority, probably, of one....

Reviewed by Peter Vacher in issue: November/2015

Review of Jamison Ross: Jamison

Jamison Ross: Jamison

Alphonso Horne III | Chris Pattishall | Rick Lollar | Dayve Stewart | Jamison Ross | Corcoran Holt | Cory Irvin

Concord

Rating: ★★★★

Anyone who had the pleasure of hearing the captivating set by the great Carmen Lundy at last year's ReVoice! Festival...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: September/2015

Review of Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender

Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender

Lizz Wright

Concord

Rating: ★★★★

While Lizz Wright's previous release, her 2010 album Fellowship, provided telling insights into her gospel roots, the genre-defying sound-world of...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: September/2015

Review of Harvey Mason: Chameleon

Harvey Mason: Chameleon

Mark de Clive-Lowe | Chris Turner | Jimmy Haslip | Ben Williams | Harvey Mason | Bill Summers | Paul Jackson | Christian Scott | Corey King | Mathew Stevens

Concord

Rating: ★★★

Miles may have exhorted us never to look back, but Mason's pulled off a cunning ploy with his splendid Concord...

Reviewed by Andy Robson in issue: May/2014

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