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Review of Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined II

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined II

Ria Moran | Parthenope Wald-Harding | Venna | Reuben James | Theon Cross | Kay Young | Nick Richards | Maya Delilah | Binker Golding | Daniel Casimir

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Don Was has maintained Blue Note's identity within the UMG monolith by broadening its range and deepening its roots, welcoming...

Reviewed in issue Dec/Jan/2022/2023

Review of Robert Glasper: Black Radio (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Robert Glasper: Black Radio (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Chris Dave | Casey Benjamin | Yasin Bey | KING | Ledisi | Messhell Ndegeocello | Derrick Hodge | Musiq Soulchild | Shafiq Husayn | Lupe Fiasco

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

By the time he made Black Radio in 2012, Robert Glasper was one of the biggest new names in jazz,...

Reviewed in issue Dec/Jan/2022/2023

Review of Bill Frisell Quartet: Four

Bill Frisell Quartet: Four

Johnathan Blake | Bill Frisell | Gerald Clayton | Greg Tardy

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

With a lineup joining the Coltraneish postbop conceptions of experienced tenorist and clarinetist Greg Tardy, and the lyrical yet always...

Reviewed in issue November/2022

Review of Charles Lloyd: Trios: Sacred Thread

Charles Lloyd: Trios: Sacred Thread

Julian Lage | Charles Lloyd | Zakir Hussain

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

This is the third and final album in Blue Note's Charles Lloyd-dedicated ‘Trio of Trios’ series, with the orchestrally-resourceful guitarist...

Reviewed in issue November/2022

Review of DOMi & JD Beck: NOT TIGHT

DOMi & JD Beck: NOT TIGHT

Mac DeMarco | with guests Thundercat | Snoop Dogg | DOMi Louna | Herbie Hancock | Anderson Paak | JD Beck | Kurt Rosenwinkel | Busta Rhymes

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

As Gen-Z jazzers go, DOMi & JD Beck are leaders of a new hyper-hip yet virtuosic pack. French keyboardist DOMi...

Reviewed in issue October/2022

Review of Various Artists: Here It Is: A tribute to Leonard Cohen

Various Artists: Here It Is: A tribute to Leonard Cohen

Gregory Porter | Norah Jones | Scott Colley | Bill Frisell | Lusiana Souza | Greg Leisz | Kevin Hays | James Taylor | Nathaniel Rateliff | Immanuel Wilkins

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Artists have been covering the songs of Leonard Cohen since at least 1969, when Roberta Flack included ‘Hey, That's No...

Reviewed in issue October/2022

Review of Charles Lloyd: Trios: Ocean

Charles Lloyd: Trios: Ocean

Anthony Wilson | Gerald Clayton | Charles Lloyd

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

The joy of Lloyd’s Trios project is that each of the three bands is an on-the-road working band; they’ve not...

Reviewed in issue September/2022

Review of Julian Lage: View With a Room

Julian Lage: View With a Room

Bill Frisell | Dave King | Julian Lage | Jorge Roeder

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Following closely on the heels of last year's Blue Note debut, Squint, View With A Room offers a change of...

Reviewed in issue September/2022

Review of Ronnie Foster: Reboot

Ronnie Foster: Reboot

Ronnie Foster | Luis Conte | Jimmy Branly | Jerry Lopez | Lenny Castro | Michael O’Neil | Chris Foster

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Reboot couldn’t be more aptly named, as it marks Foster’s Blue Note return some fifty years after his debut Two...

Reviewed in issue September/2022

Review of Nduduzo Makhathini: In the Spirit of Ntu

Nduduzo Makhathini: In the Spirit of Ntu

Jaleel Shaw | Linda Sikhakhane | Anna Widauer | Stephen de Souza | Gontse Makhene | Dylan Tabisher | Dane Paris | Robin Fassie Kock | Nduduzo Makhathini

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

This is the second album by Makhathini to be issued on the Blue Note imprint; the first – Modes of...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

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