Reviews

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 by Peter Quinn 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 by Thomas Rees 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 by Andy Robson 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 by Mike Hobart 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 by Kevin Le Gendre 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 by John Fordham 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 by Simon Spillett 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 by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: July/2020

Review of GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin

Rob Turner | Nick Blacka | Chris Illingworth

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Much of the beauty of the new London jazz scene has been the music's reunion with black listeners, a replenishment...

Reviewed by Nick Hasted in issue: June/2020

Review of Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits Live from the Lobero

Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits Live from the Lobero

Don Was | Julian Lage | Booker T Jones | Gerald Clayton | Charles Lloyd | Reuben Rogers | Eric Harland

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★★

Charles Lloyd has been an unacknowledged genius working in plain sight for far too long. Ever since his remarkable series...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: May/2020

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