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Review of James Francies: Purest Form

James Francies: Purest Form

Joel Ross | Jeremy Dutton | Immanuel Wilkins | James Francies | Burniss Traviss | Elliott Skinner | Bilal Peyton

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Keyboardist-composer James Francies has gained quasi-wunderkind status in the past few years by way of his contributions to veterans such...

Reviewed in issue August/2021

Review of Julian Lage: Squint

Julian Lage: Squint

Julian Lage

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Lage was first signed by a major recording company back in 2008, and on Sounding Point and Gladwell on Universal's...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of GoGo Penguin: GGP/RMX

GoGo Penguin: GGP/RMX

Chris Illingworth

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Manchester's post-rave piano trio have seen their pioneering achievements somewhat bypassed by the wave of UK jazz which broke only...

Reviewed in issue June/2021

Review of Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracatu

Joe Chambers: Samba de Maracatu

Joe Chambers | Steve Haines | MC Parrain | Brad Merritt | Stephanie Jordan

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

When Chick Corea died in February, the name of Joe Chambers might have been a peripheral thought for some fans...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Dr Lonnie Smith: Breathe

Dr Lonnie Smith: Breathe

Olicia Olatuja | Sean Jones | Jason Marshall | Johnathan Blake | Robin Eubanks | John Ellis | Iggy Pop | Jonathan Kreisberg | Dr Lonnie Smith

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

This is the third album of Lonnie Smith's highly productive return to Blue Note, and the second drawn from his...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of R+R=Now: Live

R+R=Now: Live

Robert Glasper

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

After the 2018 studio set Collagically Speaking comes a live album drawn from a month-long residency by Robert Glasper, biggest...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Joel Ross: Who Are You?

Joel Ross: Who Are You?

Jeremy Corren | Kanoa Mendenhall | Brandee Younger | Jeremy Dutton | Joel Ross | Immanuel Wilkins

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Noted for his excellent work with the likes of Makaya McCraven, Walter Smith III and Brandee Younger, vibraphonist Joel Ross...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign

Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign

Jason Moran | Bill Frisell | Ron Miles | Brian Blade | Thomas Morgan | Rob Miles

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Ron Miles' Blue Note debut as leader, aged 57, reflects his straightahead virtues, and label boss Don Was' nurturing of...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Artemis

Artemis

Noriko Ueda | Cécile McLorin Salvant | Allison Miller | Anat Cohen | Melissa Aldana | Renee Rosnes | Ingrid Jensen

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

It would be difficult to imagine a finer introduction to their music than this self-titled debut album from international supergroup...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

Review of Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Blue Note Re:imagined shines a light on the fertile British scene and connects it to the tradition by inviting 15...

Reviewed in issue November/2020

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