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A Thread for New Jazz

Discussion in 'music' started by kjb, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    I ended up going for the CD - the live recording swung me ( and the price). It is, as you said, a really fine record and the sound on it is fabulous.

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  2. dave charlton

    dave charlton 'groove traveller'

    Jeff Parker's new album come's out Friday (24th)

    A must have (imho)
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  3. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    I’d missed that: thank you. His last 3 records are favourites here, esp The Relatives and that seems in a similar vein.
  4. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Not that new (in fact recorded yonks ago!) but this has been my earworm for the past few days - just a gorgeous arrangement.

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  5. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    Hi Dave, hope your well, just wondering where your finding out about new Jazz? Since the demise of Jez Nelson and Jazz on 3 (and not spending any time with the jazz cats in Birmingham) i've been in a bit of a Jazz wilderness!
    Obviously there's this thread, but anything else?

  6. dave charlton

    dave charlton 'groove traveller'

    Radio Three is back with a new show called 'Freeness' (thanks Paul) which is a great guide to some of the here and now. Other than that it's just follow your instincts, reviews, label web sites, musicians websites, bandcamp, youtube etc. A bit like the old days in fact.

    Good hunting :)
  7. poco a poco

    poco a poco pfm Member

    If you are not already aware of it there are News items, Interviews and Reviews of albums and concerts on London Jazz News that includes new Jazz and although the title includes 'London' it does cover elsewhere.
  8. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    There is a list of the individual votes of all contributors. Some of those contain links to websites they write for
    If you dig into the jazz critics poll I shared


    It is very US-centric - they seem to have little time for British or European jazz but it's a good source.

    All about jazz is also worth signing up for if you've not done so already.


    This also links to this:

    I think Graham H recommended these when I asked a similar question a year or so back.

    I tend to do everything retrospectively and work back from end of year polls.It means I'm not up to date but I've reached a point where I'm happy to catch up rather than be at the cutting edge. As a result I inevitably end up buying some of my favourite music of the year each January.

  9. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    Thanks all :) will do some exploring! Will listen to Freeness, looks like an interesting program with a good mix of music. Was really annoyed when the controller of Radio 3 axed Jazz on 3 show. I know they had a show with Soweto, who's a lovely bloke, but he's a better musician than presenter.
  10. Hook

    Hook Blackbeard's former bo'sun.

  11. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    Looks like bass player Calum Gorley’s big band is worth seeing and hearing:


    Would like to see them. I heard Callum with Kit Downes several years ago, nice player.

    BTW, Richard Williams (The Blue Moment) writes well about jazz. Although his blog isn’t dedicated to jazz he has a talent for sniffing out the good stuff.
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  12. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Not completely new, but kind of new ,,,,

    Makaya McCraven's first record on International Artists has been reissued as an extended set. His record from last year, Universal Beings, gets played a lot and, from streaming, this may be even better. The band included Jef Parker and Joshua Abrams which, for me, is recommendation enough.


    There's also a reworking of Gil Scott Heron scheduled for release soon.


  13. dave charlton

    dave charlton 'groove traveller'

    Thumbs up for the GSH / McCraven :cool:

    and also for Joshua Redman's 'Come What May', which I missed last year. A superbly crafted album.

    Here's the final track:-

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  14. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

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  15. John C

    John C pfm Member

    Great recommendations. I was at the Makaya McCraven Village Underground gig a few months ago which was astounding. Thoroughly recommend the bassist from that band Junius Paul’s recent album “Ism” on International Anthem.

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  16. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Junius Paul was great when I saw him play with the Art Ensemble of Chicago a while back. Thanks for the reminder to check out his album.

    He also has a nice sideline in modelling male tights :)
  17. molee

    molee pfm Member

  18. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    Coming up soon Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
    “Conceptualised as an hour-long sonic poem, with lyrics written and performed by Siyabonga Mthembu, We Are Sent Here By History is the second album from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his group of Jo’burg collaborators, The Ancestors. Continuing the spirit of 2016’s Wisdom of Elders, the album explores African and Afro-Caribbean traditions, drawing parallels between the album and the modern-day griot, or storyteller. We Are Sent Here By History is also described as a “meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species.”– AS
  19. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  20. dave charlton

    dave charlton 'groove traveller'

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