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Roberto Bonati: Vesper And Silence

Solo double bass can make for a demanding listen, and yet there are some unexpected classics in the genre. Peter Kowald’s Was Da Ist was a crowned...

Veronica Swift: Confessions

Callum Au: jazz for pleasure

Callum Au's new recording with singer Claire Martin, Songs And Stories, was recently released on the Danish label Stunt. It's an impressive large ensemble session toting a...

Obituary: Ellis Marsalis Jr.

Born in New Orleans on 14 November 1934, Ellis Louis Marsalis, pianist and jazz educator, died from complications of Covid-19 in his home town on 1 April...

Not enough Europe

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 05/90: Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie – Stratus

Opening with a drum solo, this vintage fusion set reminds us of an era when drum gymnastics were a mandatory part of the fusion repertoire. Later, Cobham...

Bolden

I learned everything I know about Buddy Bolden from Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya, the one indispensable book about jazz from soup to nuts, co-edited by Nat...

Green Book