Herbie Hancock and Nubya Garcia are among the jazz acts to play at Glastonbury this coming weekend

You couldn't call Glastonbury a jazz festival at all. But get your magnifying glass out and you will see that there are a few jazz artists on the 2022 bill this coming weekend. While planned TV coverage is extensive it will be interesting to tune …

Published: 20 Jun 2022. Updated: 16 days.

You couldn't call Glastonbury a jazz festival at all. But get your magnifying glass out and you will see that there are a few jazz artists on the 2022 bill this coming weekend. While planned TV coverage is extensive it will be interesting to tune in to discover how many of these jazz acts will feature in prominent slots. Big names to appear include jazz icon Herbie Hancock and the Weather Report of the early-21st century, Snarky Puppy. Also on are sax star Nubya Garcia above, multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Emma-Jean Thackray and the band Nubiyan Twist from among the wave of newer UK names to have built up strong followings and clocked up record sales in recent years.

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Robocobra Quartet, Living Isn't Easy, First Taste Records ****

Spoken word with your punk-jazz? Robocobra have been around a while boosted by Belfast promoter Moving on Music and breaking out beyond the local scene via wider appreciation and word of mouth. The ''punk-jazz'' is really about energy so create a …

Published: 19 Jun 2022. Updated: 16 days.

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Spoken word with your punk-jazz? Robocobra have been around a while boosted by Belfast promoter Moving on Music and breaking out beyond the local scene via wider appreciation and word of mouth. The ''punk-jazz'' is really about energy so create a Venn diagram with free-jazz skronking on the left, dingy dystopian beat spoken word poetry on the right and in the middle that's the kind of punk jazz you move towards.

Radically different to the punk jazz of the Morecroftian maelstrom found in the music of kindred spirits WorldService Project for instance edgy drummer leader Chris Ryan who also does the messianic vocals is eminently charismatic as a ''front'' man while the band heart is centred on bass guitarists Nathan Rodgers and the multi-tasking Ryan Burrowes. Tom Tabori, Peter Howard and Thibault Barillon do the skronking. I liked 'Flew Close' better than 'Wellness' and went searching for more extensive improvisation and the sweary 'Labyrinth' suggests the start of such a thread. A band who appeal more to non-jazz fans than jazz heads depending on taste perhaps. That doesn't matter at all. Living Isn't Easy preaches to the converted and that number is growing all the time. This record will accelerate that process. SG

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