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By Angel Bat Dawid and Tha Brothahood drawn from Live largely recorded a year ago at JazzFest Berlin. Out on the International Anthem label. Photo: Cristina Marx

Published: 31 Oct 2020. Updated: 8 months.

By Angel Bat Dawid and Tha Brothahood drawn from Live largely recorded a year ago at JazzFest Berlin. Out on the International Anthem label. Photo: Cristina Marx

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Radio review: J-Z (BBC R3)

Presented, on this 24 October occasion in terms of its first broadcast, by pianist-composer-bandleader and long-time BBC Radio 3 presenter Julian Joseph, J-Z, bookended by Etuk Ubong and Mammal Hands tracks, a spread that runs from Afrobeat to …

Published: 30 Oct 2020. Updated: 8 months.

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Presented, on this 24 October occasion in terms of its first broadcast, by pianist-composer-bandleader and long-time BBC Radio 3 presenter Julian Joseph, J-Z, bookended by Etuk Ubong and Mammal Hands tracks, a spread that runs from Afrobeat to Norwich minimalism, is Radio 3's ''middle-of-the-road'' jazz show: not the avant seam inhabited by Freeness – a ''middle'' that covers a vast array of jazz styles and is certainly not a monolith nor undemanding.

Michael Wollny for instance cannot necessarily be termed a ''centrist'' jazz artist in that middle of the road sense even if sometimes he is more accessible than some artists of his stature. His inclusion in the playlist here is as much about release topicality as anything. The German pianist however remains one of the most significant musicians in Europe these days beyond category.

Clarinettist Anat Cohen also played on the show is a lot more traditional, ''classic'' perhaps is a better term, and yet again why get hung up on style when she is one of the world's greatest jazz clarinettists and whose projects can show great versatility?

The inclusion of artists such as Brazilian great Milton Nascimento shows most clearly how crass it is to make generalisations as Nascimento for instance has influenced Wayne Shorter massively. How do you categorise Wayne Shorter or quantify Nascimento? You don't. QED.

The same logic applies for a lot of artists on the show. Guitar great John Scofield is the main focus here and certainly reason enough to tune in for to check out his choices and playing examples.

Julian Joseph has one of the best voices on Radio 3, and it is always rewarding to listen in for his appearances on the programme when he pops up among the Saturday show's presenter roster. Listen