Reviews

Review of Joel Ross: Who Are You?

Joel Ross: Who Are You?

Joel Ross

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

Ron 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

Cécile McLorin Salvant

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

Review of Bill Frisell: Valentine

Bill Frisell: Valentine

Bill Frisell

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

This might be their recording debut as a trio, but this threesome has toured hard for the last two years....

Reviewed in issue October/2020

Review of Immanuel Wilkins: Omega

Immanuel Wilkins: Omega

Immanuel Wilkins

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

The Blue Note label's talent-scouting skills continue to resurface under current label-boss Don Was. Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins first came...

Reviewed in issue October/2020

Review of BukkyLeo: Evolution

BukkyLeo: Evolution

Joe Dyson | Robert Glasper | Jonathan Kreisberg | Keyon Harrold | Jonathan Blake | John Ellis | Joe Lovano | Dr Lonnie Smith

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Still going strong today, British-Nigerian saxophonist Bukky Leo was our own Pharoah Sanders in the late 1980s. His breakout album...

Reviewed in issue April/2016

Review of Gerald Clayton: Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard

Gerald Clayton: Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard

Marcus Gilmore | Logan Richardson | Gerald Clayton | Walter Smith III | Joe Sanders

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

In the same month that this set was recorded at New York's legendary Village Vanguard, West Coast resident Gerald Clayton...

Reviewed in issue August/2020

Review of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’

Lee Morgan | Jymie Merritt | Bobby Timmons | Hank Mobley | Art Blakey

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★★

Now here's what you call an archival gold nugget!A rediscovered studio recording by the short-lived spring 1959 edition of Blakey's...

Reviewed in issue July/2020

Review of Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Sam Harris | Harish Raghavan | Ambrose Akinmusire | Justin Brown

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Putting the extreme vulnerability and complexity of the African-American condition – with possible solace amid the sufferation – into a...

Reviewed in issue July/2020

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