Reviews

Review of Jules Buckley with the Heritage Orchestra and Ghost-Note: The Breaks

Jules Buckley with the Heritage Orchestra and Ghost-Note: The Breaks

John Calvert | Matt Calvert | Adam Betts | Robin Searight | Kamasi Washington | The Heritage Orchestra: Mr Switch | Robert ‘Sput’ Searight | Cory Henry | Rob Gentry | Nate Werth

Decca

Rating: ★★★

Regular perusers of YouTube will have seen the benign bearded face of Jules Buckley smiling beatifically amidst the hyper-rapid edits...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Don Rendell Quintet: Space Walk

Don Rendell Quintet: Space Walk

Peter Shade | Trevor Tompkins | Don Rendell | Stan Robinson | Jack Thorncraft

Editor's Choice

Decca

Rating: ★★★★

Space Walk, from the EMI Lansdowne Jazz series, is the first of the much-anticipated British Jazz Explosion series of facsimile...

Reviewed in issue September/2021

Review of Kenny Wheeler/John Dankworth Orchestra: Windmill Tilter (The Story Of Don Quixote)

Kenny Wheeler/John Dankworth Orchestra: Windmill Tilter (The Story Of Don Quixote)

John McLaughlin | Chris Pyne | John Spooner | Henry Lowther | Derek Watkins | Tristan Fry | Alan Branscombe | Dave Holland | Michael Gibbs | Kenny Wheeler

Editor's Choice

Decca

Rating: ★★★★

Kenny Wheeler, the inimitable Canadian trumpet maestro and quiet legend of post-1960s jazz composition, had been playing all kinds of...

Reviewed in issue September/2021

Review of Various Artists: Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

Various Artists: Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

John Surman | Colin Bates | Alan Skidmore | Don Rendell | Dick Morrissey | Stan Tracey | Mike Taylor | Ken Wheeler | Michael Garrick | New Jazz Orchestra

Editor's Choice

Decca

Rating: ★★★★

This two CD or double gatefold LP set takes up where Universal's Impressed Repressed series left off in 2004-5. That...

Reviewed in issue August/2021

Review of Melt Yourself Down: 100% Yes

Melt Yourself Down: 100% Yes

Adam Betts | Ruth Goller | Kush Gaya | Zands Duggan | Pete Wareham | George Crowley

Decca

Rating: ★★★

Melt Yourself Down’s Last Evenings On Earth (2016) seemed to share the apocalyptic, transmuting themes of Shabaka Hutchings’ parallel work...

Reviewed in issue May/2020

Review of Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem

Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem

Brian MacLeod | Madeleine Peyroux | David Baerwald | Larry Klein | Patrick Warren

Decca

Rating: ★★★

That Leonard Cohen is one of Madeleine Peyroux's key musical touchstones is clearly evidenced by her interpretations of ‘Dance Me...

Reviewed in issue October/2018

Review of Sod

Sod

Jo Jo Molina | Jay Jay York | Rick Kellis | Larry Cal ‘California’ Arnold | Michael Green | ‘Dirty’ Don Phillips | Larry ‘Highme’ Devers

Decca

Sod were a band of longhairs from LA who, in the early 1970s, released two, now largely forgotten, albums. The...

Reviewed in issue October/2017

Review of The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne

The Hot Sardines: French Fries + Champagne

Decca

Rating: ★★★

This sassy gypsy swing band play show tunes, film themes and old blues and something a little more unpredictable: a...

Reviewed in issue August/2016

Review of Stefano Bollani: Napoli Trip

Stefano Bollani: Napoli Trip

Decca

Rating: ★★★

The flamboyant Italian jazz pianist pays homage to Napoli in his inimitably colourful and high spirited style fronting a Neapolitan...

Reviewed in issue August/2016

Review of Stefano Bollani: Arrivano Gli Alieni

Stefano Bollani: Arrivano Gli Alieni

Stefano Bollani

Decca

Rating: ★

Bollani, who emerged from under the wings of Enrico Rava's ensembles and with whom he maintains an uncanny musical empathy,...

Reviewed in issue Dec/Jan/2015/2016

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