Jazz Stories

Rava, Herbert, Guidi, For Mario (Live)

This feels very private music and has a deeply raw edge to it in terms of emotional impact. Each piece moves in microscopic measure and remains careful in drawing out...

Published: 26 May 2020. Updated: 22 hours ago.

Latest playlist 26/5/20

Latest playlist. Hendrika Entzian, top. Photo Bandcamp

Published: 26 May 2020. Updated: 7 hours ago.

Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb has died

The Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb has died. He was 91. Born Wilbur James Cobb in Washington DC, the drummer was the last surviving member of the group, who...

Published: 25 May 2020. Updated: 43 hours ago.

Various artists, I Still Play

A feast of solo piano music spanning several genres and forming a formidable statement by issuing label Nonesuch of the quality of the artists on the label. Jazz fans will...

Published: 25 May 2020. Updated: 46 hours ago.

Martin Speake and Liam Noble in The Chapel

The fact a student came along and recorded this duo performance by alto saxophonist Martin Speake and pianist Liam Noble one August lunchtime five years ago made all the difference....

Published: 24 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

'Gravel Baron' from the Dave Storey trio streams

We'll have to wait another week for the rest of Jouska, new from drummer Dave Storey's trio. If 'Gravel Baron' is anything to go by we are in for a...

Published: 23 May 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Laidback lead-off track from Derrick Hodge's Color of Noize streams

Here's the lead off track 'Not Right Now' new from bass guitarist Derrick Hodge, drawn from Color of Noize to be released at the end of June. Hodge put together...

Published: 22 May 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

Classical and jazz mix combine on upcoming Chick Corea double album

New solo piano double CD Chick Corea Plays to be released at the end of the summer has a wide ranging mix. Mozart, Scarlatti, Scriabin and Chopin are in the...

Published: 21 May 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Track of the day: Taste of Honey

A beautifully measured introduction, and the opening track, to a new Beatles tribute album from the Swedish modern mainstream jazz guitar star Ulf Wakenius joined by an all-Swedish band with...

Published: 21 May 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

After Lockdown we need to support jazz more than ever otherwise it's curtains

It's more imperative than ever post-Lockdown for us all to get out and hear live jazz wherever that is. It's going to be difficult make no mistake, clubs that can...

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

20/05/20 playlist

Today's top tracks. Benny Green above. Photo, Bandcamp

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Buzzing Barber cuts

Last month I was wondering if the upcoming Jonathan Barber album Legacy Holder will be a game changer for him. Since then I've been listening to more Legacy Holder tracks...

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

On the Jazz Scene is now available on Kindle

Marlbank's new book On the Jazz Scene is now available in a Kindle edition. Click here to order. Take a deep dive into the book's playlist.

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

19/05/20 marlbank playlist

Published: 19 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

John Cumming has died

A giant of UK jazz promotion John Cumming has died. Live promotion company Serious, of which he was a founder, have paid tribute on their website: ''John loved pushing at...

Published: 18 May 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

Lucky Peterson has died

The great bluesman Lucky Peterson died yesterday. He was only 55. A statement on his official Facebook page reads: ''It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Lucky...

Published: 18 May 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

Christian McBride Don Was tribute track whets the appetite with its feelgood vibe

A little slice of perfection heralding the release in a few months from the Christian McBride Big Band album For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver, a homage to Jimmy Smith, Wes...

Published: 18 May 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

Ode to the Road and the jazz we are miss

Thin pickings so far this year in terms of top jazz vocals albums and now thankfully this. I haven't heard a Dena DeRose album in years worse luck and the...

Published: 17 May 2020. Updated: 9 days ago.

Review: Jon Balke, Discourses

One of the pianists his label has most kept faith with, their relationship together spanning a few decades, revert to Warp from six years ago for something comparable to this...

Published: 17 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Groove all the way from Rymden as first track from Spacesailors streams

Rymden, they're back with Spacesailors to be released by Jazzland this September and it's chunky indulgent groove all the way on 'Terminal One' leading the way from the prog trio,...

Published: 16 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

RATED! Kick off your Saturday

Latest reviews in brief: Tracks. Home by Hania Rani Hania Rani, Home, Gondwana Still bewitching in its ingénue minimalism even if not quite as compelling as the breathtaking Esja, the...

Published: 16 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

Extraordinary version of EST's ‘From Gagarin’s Point of View’ by Moses Sumney

Super cool and very jazz soaked, relatable, græ from US singer Moses Sumney is picking up a lot of interest and understandably so. His voice is utterly startling. From the...

Published: 15 May 2020. Updated: 11 days ago.

Mehldau majestic on L.A. Pastorale

Sublime pianism, an engrossing darkness in the Mehldau composition that revels in an introspective space that seems very attuned to the eerie restlessness of Lockdown in its poise and distance,...

Published: 15 May 2020. Updated: 11 days ago.

‘My thoughts considered the possible slipping away of consciousness into another dimension, spiritual or otherwise’

Promoter Paul Pace, the driving force behind Spice Jazz at the Spice of Life pub in Soho and also a booker at Ronnie Scott's, explains how Lockdown has affected him,...

Published: 15 May 2020. Updated: 11 days ago.

Countdown to Iron Starlet

Just a reminder ahead of release in a month's time reposting from back in April: there's a sense of something that could well be the hard bop statement of the...

Published: 14 May 2020. Updated: 12 days ago.

Weather forecasting

One of the factors that inhibits understanding of jazz is the actual recognition and perception of the essence of the thing itself. Grasping it in one fell swoop is rife...

Published: 14 May 2020. Updated: 12 days ago.

Stevie Wonder at 70: jazz treatments

A jazz treatment playlist of some of Steve Wonder's classic hits to mark the great singer's 70th birthday.

Published: 13 May 2020. Updated: 13 days ago.

Sam Newsome, Sonic Journey: Live at the Red Room (Solo Concert)

Solo soprano saxophone albums are very rare. This need not to be a freak show however given that rarity. Are you tough enough for Sonic Journey: Live at the Red...

Published: 13 May 2020. Updated: 13 days ago.

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