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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, A Blessing

A magnum opus from John Hollenbeck up there with Royal Toast. Vocalist Theo Bleckmann provides a benign serenity to the title track right at the beginning, the album bookended by...

Published: 30 Mar 2020. Updated: 12 hours ago.

Kandace Springs, The Women Who Raised Me, Blue Note

In a few brief years Kandace Springs has become the female singer to turn to for her fresh way with classic jazz material and this surpasses all that has gone...

Published: 28 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Shabaka and the Ancestors, We Are Sent Here By History, Impulse!

'Music is the seed from which new worlds must grow,' from a poem by Shabaka Hutchings. It is impossible to diminish the impact We Are Sent Here By History creates....

Published: 27 Mar 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Threebop: a thrill

A three-part harmony vocal group piano-trio backed Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley inspired vocal event no less. Wonderful from newcomers Threebop on A Sleepin Bee. A memorable blend, Luca Manning's...

Published: 26 Mar 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

Irreversible Entanglements, Who Sent You?

It's rare that you get something truly original entering your ears. And this is, truly, highly original. Not since The Epic has something so obviously important come along. And yet...

Published: 26 Mar 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

Tineke Postma, Freya

I've always liked saxophonist Tineke Postma. She made such a big impact at the beginning of her career. But it's been so long since I've heard anything by her and...

Published: 24 Mar 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.