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Cadillac’s Joy reissue gets Presto award

The 1976 album Joy, featuring Jim Dvorak and Ernest Mothle, has been recognised as Jazz Best Archive/Reissue Of The Year

Quinsin Nachoff: Stars And Constellations

Canadian saxophonist Nachoff convinces as a Rollins/Shorter hard-bopper but his compositions extend into classical and electronic music

Obituary: Brian Godding

Coming from the progressive end of pop, Brian Godding was primed for work with such jazz luminaries as Keith Tippett and Mike Westbrook

Matt Johnson: At PizzaExpress Live In London

Leading his own band at the Soho club, keyboard-man Johnson draws on buoyant soul and funk influences redolent of his work with Jamiroquai

Paul Dunmall: Bright Light A Joyous Celebration

Veteran avant-gardian Dunmall is joined by two other saxophonists, Soweto Kinch and Xhosa Cole, plus rhythm in four originals and one improv

Zoe Rahman: Dreamland

The pianist's 2015 download album, touching McCoy Tyner, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jessica Williams and more, is reissued on CD

The Shredz: Orbit

German quartet featuring trumpet, keyboard, bass annd drums blends trance grooves, dub and abrasive industrial textures

Bill Crow: journeyman bassist and master storyteller

Bill Crow, now 95, is not only a talented musician but a lucid jazz chronicler, something evident in his books and this 2023 interview

SuperBlue – Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter: The Iridescent Spree

Singer, guitarist and band present originals and covers of such as Joni Mitchell and Ornette Coleman in a variety of funk-driven settings

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Afro Futuristic Dreams

Ackamoor presents a political message but above all his Sun Ra, Parliament and Funkadelic redolent big band brings the fun back into jazz

Location Location Location: Damaged Goods

Anthony Pirog, Michael Formanek and Mike Pride blend free improv, funk and prog, often recalling Terje Rypdal with Vitous and DeJohnette

Stan Sulzmann’s 75th birthday gig at Watermill Jazz

The saxophonist's 75th birthday gig in Dorking featured his Neon Orchestra with special guest Nikki Iles on accordion

The Chick Corea Elektric Band: The Future Is Now

Live double CD from Corea's virtuosic fusion group recorded 2016-18 is an aptly titled farewell to a band creatively ahead of its time

Lightnin’ Hopkins: Lightnin’

The bluesman's 1960 album bucked the Chicago electric blues trend, presenting him in an acoustic trio setting that suggested jazz

Mark Turner Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Turner emerged in the 1990s as a Warne Marsh admirer. Last year, over two nights in NY, he confirmed his status as a thinking-man's musician

JJ 11/93: Bill Connors – Of Mist And Melting

Thirty years ago Michael Tucker, re-encountering Connors' 1977 album, maintained that contrary to some critical opinion plenty happens

JJ 11/93: Coltrane – A Player’s Guide To His Harmony

Thirty years ago Mark Gilbert reviewed Walt Weiskopf & Ramon Ricker's guide to Coltrane's use of key cycles in descending thirds

JJ 11/93: Chris Potter Quintet – Presenting

Thirty years ago David Badham got the end of the stick he was looking for, notwithstanding a few modernist squeaks and screeches

Geoff Hearn, Nigel Thomas & Hugh Bance in Brighton

The trio used sax, flute, guitar, electronics and bass to play a meditative, mostly modal set rich in native American and Asian influence

Richard Shelton: An Englishman In Love In LA

Accompanied by just piano and bass the Wolverhampton-born singer entranced a capacity audience with a reprise of his 2020 LA-recorded album

JJ 11/83: Evan Parker – Circadian Rhythm

Forty years ago Barry McRae wasn't sure Circadian Rhythm was music and in any case the intonation of the fire and smoke was suspect

JJ 11/83: Ed Palermo – Ed Palermo

Forty years ago Simon Adams reckoned that Ed Palermo, acclaimed by Gil Evans for innovation, was in fact largely ploughing an old furrow

JJ 11/83: Bireli Lagrene, 100 Club, London

Forty years ago Mark Gilbert acknowledged Lagrene's excellence as a Django imitator while wishing for something more contemporary

Hiromi: Sonicwonderland

In a typically mixed bag from the pianist (who doesn't solo much) trumpeter Adam O'Farrill and a cod Dixieland piece are the standouts

Howlin’ Wolf: Little Red Rooster

The 1962 collection of such seminal Wolf singles as Little Red Rooster and Spoonful reappears with six bonus tracks

JJ 11/73: Paul Motian – Conception Vessel

Fifty years ago Martin Davidson was disappointed by the uninspiring material and lack of involvement on drummer Motian's leader debut

JJ 11/73: Passport – Passport

Fifty years ago Barry McRae enjoyed Klaus Doldinger's accomplished fusion record before deciding it wasn't good enough for many JJ readers

JJ 11/73: Barre Phillips – For All It Is

Fifty years ago Barry McRae enjoyed four basses - Phillips, Palle Danielsson, Barry Guy and J.F. Jenny-Clarke - contrapunting with Stu Martin

Sam Eastmond: John Zorn’s Bagatelles Vol 16

London-based composer Eastmond arranged eight pieces by NY avant-gardist Zorn for a British band including Emma Rawicz and Charlotte Keefe

JJ 11/63: Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, Max Roach – Money Jungle

Sixty years ago Sinclair Traill observed his hero the Duke coolly cut rings around the modernisms of his radical colleagues

JJ 11/63: Dave Brubeck – Brubeck A La Mode

Sixty years ago Mike Shera welcomed a Brubeck album in 4/4, lighter in touch than usual and composed of considered modal explorations

JJ 11/63: In My Opinion – Norman Granz

Sixty years ago Norman Granz regretted that his popular album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Ellington Songbook didn't come out better

JJ 11/63: Mose Allison – Swingin’ Machine

Sixty years ago Steve Voce regretted that Allison, lacking conviction, offered all the excitement of a Victorian Sunday afternoon

JJ 11/63: What’d I Say, by Steve Voce

Sixty years ago Steve Voce evoked a jazz weekend in London with a vibrancy that transports the reader to the time and place

Josh Nelson: LA Stories – Live At Sam First

LA-based pianist plays modernised hard bop and some Mary Poppins with, among others, saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Larry Koonse

Steve Voce, 1933-2023

The long-serving and popular Jazz Journal columnist and reviewer Steve Voce died in Liverpool this week, aged 89