Reviews

Review of Shez Raja: Tales from the Punjab

Shez Raja: Tales from the Punjab

Shez Raja

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

The British Asian electric bass player Shez Raja has been lauded for an Indofunk sound that blends East and West...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy

Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy

Yoko Miwa

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

The new release from Japanese pianist Yoko Miwa has an appealing lockdown title. Who couldn't do with a little joy...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of QOW Trio

QOW Trio

Riley Stone-Lonergan

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

This post-bop, pre-lockdown recording is comforting and vivid, capturing three players in a resonant room loving their work. Combining three...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Will Glaser: Climbing in Circles

Will Glaser: Climbing in Circles

Will Glaser

Editor's Choice

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

This completes an unusual trilogy of releases, following Glaser's duo albums with saxophonist Matthew Herd, then pianist Liam Noble on...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Solstice: Food for Thought

Solstice: Food for Thought

Tori Freestone

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

Solstice lay before you such a tasting menu of musical treats, it's hard to know where to begin: Jez Franks'...

Reviewed in issue February/2021

Review of Judith and Dave O’Higgins: His ‘n’ Hers

Judith and Dave O’Higgins: His ‘n’ Hers

Judith O’Higgins

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Recorded just two days before lockdown, His ‘n’ Hers finds Mr and Mrs O’Higgins cutting this set in inspired response...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Rob Barron Trio: From This Moment On

Rob Barron Trio: From This Moment On

Rob Barron

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

I missed out on Barron's debut album What's In Store (reviewed in Jazzwise 214) done with the same rhythm-section plus...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Meraki

Meraki

Jonathan Silk | Jacky Naylor | Nick Jurd

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★

Meraki are a new trio formed in Birmingham and led by pianist Jacky Naylor (winner of the prestigious Dankworth Prize...

Reviewed in issue August/2020

Review of James Copus: Dusk

James Copus: Dusk

Tom Cawley | James Copus | Jason Brown | Conor Chaplin

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

As will be apparent elsewhere in these pages, young trumpeter Copus is currently making a name for himself, hitherto with...

Reviewed in issue August/2020

Review of Joe Downard: Seven Japanese Tales

Joe Downard: Seven Japanese Tales

Rupert Cox | Alex Hitchcock | James Copus | Will Barry | Joe Downard | Felix Ambach

Ubuntu

Rating: ★★★★

This impressive debut from UK bassist -producer Joe Downard offers musical counterparts to seven short stories by Japanese author Jun'ichir...

Reviewed in issue July/2020

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