Reviews

Review of QOW Trio: The Hold Up

QOW Trio: The Hold Up

Spike Wells | Eddie Myer | Riley Stone-Lonergan

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Spike Wells came to jazz on the 1960s bandstand with Bobby Wellins and Tubby Hayes, Eddie Myer out of autodidactic...

Reviewed in issue March/2024

Review of Jon Lloyd Quartet: Earth Songs

Jon Lloyd Quartet: Earth Songs

Jon Lloyd | John Law p) | Alex Goodyear | Nick Pini

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Commenting on this new release, Ubuntu’s Martin Hummel says he was only recently introduced to Lloyd’s music. Me, too. Hummel...

Reviewed in issue March/2024

Review of Karim Saber: Transmission

Karim Saber: Transmission

Alex Wilson | Karim Saber | Jack Thomas | John Jones | Matt Cook

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

It was Phronesis founder Jasper Høiby who first brought rising guitarist and composer Karim Saber to the attention of Ubuntu...

Reviewed in issue March/2024

Review of Rob Cope: Gemini

Rob Cope: Gemini

Andy Scott | Paul Clarvis | Liam Noble | Rob Cope

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Cope curates The Jazz Podcast and many of the values exhibited therein shine on this debut: generous dialogue, good humour,...

Reviewed in issue February/2024

Review of Matt Ridley: The Antidote: Live At The London Jazz Festival

Matt Ridley: The Antidote: Live At The London Jazz Festival

Alex Hitchcock | Ant Law | Matt Ridley | Marc Michel | Tom Hewson

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Matt Ridley is a classicist and romantic, steeped in jazz tradition with a taste for beauty. It’s led to regular...

Reviewed in issue November/2023

Review of Paul Mottram: Seven Ages of Man for Jazz Sextet and String Orchestra

Paul Mottram: Seven Ages of Man for Jazz Sextet and String Orchestra

Paul Clarvis | Tim Garland | Ralph Salmins | Jonny Mansfield | Misha Mullov-Abbado | Jason Rebello | Paul Mottram

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Large-scale compositional projects in the UK have been thin on the ground since the 1960s and 1970s, when Mike Westbrook,...

Reviewed in issue October/2023

Review of Shear Brass: Celebrating Sir George Shearing

Shear Brass: Celebrating Sir George Shearing

Jason McDermid | Alec Dankworth | Carl Gorham | Satin Singh | Sarah Moule | James Pearson | Romy Sipek | Arnie Somogyi | Pete Long | Anthony Kerr

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Sir George was drummer Carl Gorham’s great-uncle, and vocalist Sipek is Gorham’s daughter, so this celebration is something of a...

Reviewed in issue October/2023

Review of Mark Lewandowski: A Bouquet For Lady Day

Mark Lewandowski: A Bouquet For Lady Day

Liam Noble | Mark Lewandowski | Heidi Vogel

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Tributes to Billie Holliday are not in short supply: the woman christened Eleanora Fagan has become subsumed into an iconic...

Reviewed in issue August/2023

Review of Uriel Herman: Different Eyes

Uriel Herman: Different Eyes

Avri Borochov | Uriel Herman | Uriel Weinberger | Itamar Borochov | Haim Peskoff | Maayan Doari

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Uriel Herman, the young pianist and composer from Jerusalem, studied classical piano and composition with exalted Israeli conservatoire teachers during...

Reviewed in issue August/2023

Review of Bruno Heinen, James Kitchman: Rain Shadows

Bruno Heinen, James Kitchman: Rain Shadows

Bruno Heinen | James Kitchman

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

The comparison of this coupling to Jim Hall and Bill Evans is not a facile one. Heinen's piano and Kitchman's...

Reviewed in issue July/2023

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