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2016 Festive Fifty – 20-11

My second favourite group of 10 CDs from 2016: 20 Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano Heritage (Qwest Records/Membran) Review HERE 19 Birmingham Jazz Orchestra Rough Boundaries (Jacky Naylor) Review HERE 18 Wolfgang Muthspiel Rising Grace (ECM) Review HERE 17 Renato… Read More ›

2016 Festive Fifty – 30-21

Here are my third favourite 10 CDs from 2016: 30 Yellowjackets Cohearence (Mack Avenue) Review HERE 29 Yelena Eckemoff Quartet Leaving Everything Behind (L&H Production) Review HERE 28 Donny McCaslin Beyond Now (Motema) Review HERE 27 Ingrid & Christine Jensen… Read More ›

Liberation Music Orchestra

Review by John L. Walters EFG London Jazz Festival Cadogan Hall, London 20-11-2016 Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra was a product of the cultural moment outlined in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s current exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution?… Read More ›

Jonathan Silk – Fragment

(Stoney Lane Records) This is the most ambitious release yet from the young Birmingham jazz scene, and quite possibly from any Birmingham-based jazz musician. Drummer Jonathan Silk has expanded his big band to 20 players and then added a 13-piece… Read More ›

Jazz Migration

Pantin, France 11-16 Last week I attended the showcase concert for the French Jazz Migration scheme at La Dynamo club in the Pantin suburb just outside Paris. The Jazz Migration scheme is a brilliant scheme run by the national organisation… Read More ›