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Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious

Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen (not the Israeli bassist of the same name) returns with a more energetic outing after his icy duo album on ECM last year....

Flying Machines: New Life

Mike LeDonne: working the magic of the black aesthetic of jazz

One of the live routines of Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet is a dedication to organist Jimmy Smith, titled The Boss. The Groover Quartet is LeDonne’s organ combo,...

Obituary: Bob Efford

Before leaving the UK for the USA in 1976, Bob Efford had become one of the most sought after session players in town. He performed on countless...

The BBC jazz axe

Navigating the new

Desire In Chromatic Harmony

Kenneth Smith has a brilliant new approach to understanding chromatic music. To grasp it, an academic background in music but also in philosophy...

JJ 09/80: Woody Herman at The Forum, Hatfield

The Forum is a concert hall in Hatfield, Herts. I recently caught the Woody Herman Thundering Herd there, and it was the first...

John McLaughlin/Paco De Lucia/Larry Coryell: Meeting Of The Spirits

A guitar summit, held in the Royal Albert Hall in 1979, Meeting Of The Spirits brings together three musicians with a collective background in jazz, rock, fusion,...