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Review of Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker

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Although widely recognised as the most influential saxophonist since John Coltrane, and having already appeared on some 700 albums by...

Reviewed in issue February/2021

Review of Thelonious Monk: Palo Alto

Thelonious Monk: Palo Alto

Larry Gales | Thelonious Monk | Charlie Rouse | Ben Riley

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Rating: ★★★★

Yet another surprise in the now-annual parade of previously unreleased gems from the big names of the past, this is...

Reviewed in issue August/2020

Review of Shabaka & The Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History

Shabaka & The Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History

Mthunzi Mvubu | Mandla Mlangeni | Siyabonga Mthembu | Gontse Makhene | Thandi Ntuli | Nduduza Makhathini | Shabaka Hutchings | Ariel Zamonsky | Tumi Mogorosi

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Rating: ★★★

The British-South African ensemble picks up smartly from where it left off with 2016’s Wisdom Of Elders. In places there...

Reviewed in issue May/2020

Review of The Comet Is Coming: The Afterlife

The Comet Is Coming: The Afterlife

Dan Leavers | Max Hallett | Shabaka Hutchings | Joshua Idehen

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Rating: ★★★

This EP companion to Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery comes from the same sessions, and expands on...

Reviewed in issue February/2020

Review of John Coltrane: Blue World

John Coltrane: Blue World

Jimmy Garrison | McCoy Tyner | Elvin Jones | John Coltrane

Editor's Choice

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Rating: ★★★★

One year on from the international success of Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album comes another ‘lost album, this...

Reviewed in issue November/2019

Review of The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

Dan Leavers | Max Hallett | Shabaka Hutchings

Editor's Choice

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Rating: ★★★★

The Comet Is Coming's name alludes to apocalypse and a sense of human proportion in the cosmos, diving into religious...

Reviewed in issue May/2019

Review of Charlie Haden/Brad Mehldau: Long Ago and Far Away

Charlie Haden/Brad Mehldau: Long Ago and Far Away

Charlie Haden | Brad Mehldau

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Rating: ★★★★

Clearly, 2007 was a good year for the late bass maestro Charlie Haden’s duets with extraordinary pianists. In March, at...

Reviewed in issue Dec/Jan/2018/2019

Review of McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow

McCoy Tyner: Today and Tomorrow

Jimmy Garrison | Frank Strozier | Butch Warren | McCoy Tyner | Elvin Jones | Tootie Heath | John Gilmore | Thad Jones

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With the discovery of lost material from John Coltrane’s classic quartet circa 1963 causing a stir recently, it’s worth casting...

Reviewed in issue August/2018

Review of John Coltrane Quartet: Both Directions At Once – The Lost Album

John Coltrane Quartet: Both Directions At Once – The Lost Album

Jimmy Garrison | John Coltrane | McCoy Tyner | Elvin Jones

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Rating: ★★★★

Universal have been remarkably coy about The Lost Album with security surrounding its release the equal of that protecting the...

Reviewed in issue July/2018

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