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Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Sixth Decade From Paris to Paris review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
A live set celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary loops in a 20-piece orchestra, rousing poetry and new improvisers among the hardcore veterans

John Fordham

27, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Oscar Peterson: Black + White review – profile of pianist lets the music do the talking
A somewhat reverent look at the jazz piano virtuoso includes many famous contributors

Peter Bradshaw

24, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Paul Clarvis, Liam Noble, Cathy Jordan: Freight Train review – quite a ride
Irish folk singer Cathy Jordan, with Clarvis and Noble on percussion and piano, works her magic on songs ranging from Duke Ellington to Mose Allison

Dave Gelly

21, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Dick Knowles obituary
Other lives: Geography lecturer whose tidy mind was the inspiration for a series of key cards used by students to revise for their exams

Anita Knowles

15, Jan, 2023 @11:43 AM

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Houston Person: Reminiscing at Rudy’s review – a melody masterclass
The saxophonist and his top band eschew improvisation in favour of faithful renditions of classic tunes, from Cole Porter to Paul Anka

Dave Gelly

07, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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The anti-hibernation culture guide: something to enjoy for every day in January
You can spend the next few weeks under the duvet and in front of the telly, or enjoy world-class art, theatre, music, film and standup – here’s an event for each of the next 31 days

Rachel Aroesti, Catherine Bray, Andrew Clements, John Fordham, Miriam Gillinson, Jonathan Jones and Lyndsey Winship

31, Dec, 2022 @11:55 AM

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Weapons-grade 808s, luscious horns and a megastar’s early steps: the best music our writers discovered this year
From a slept-on Chief Keef banger to an overlooked Taylor Swift classic and a neglected jazz Kenny, we reveal the older releases that have got us going this year

Christine Ochefu, Tim Jonze, Shaad D'Souza, Ammar Kalia, Safi Bugel, Elle Hunt, Laura Snapes, Dhruva Balram, Dave Simpson and Joe Stone

30, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The 10 best jazz albums of 2022
Kokoroko sounded fresh on their debut record, we heard a classic bebop set from the late, great Joe Harriott, and Charles Lloyd completed his three-part trio masterpiece

John Fordham

30, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Allah supreme: how Pharoah Sanders found freedom and rebellion in Islam
The saxophonist was among an assembly of American jazz musicians who reached across continents to find meaning in sound

Moustafa Bayoumi

29, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The 10 best contemporary albums of 2022
The year’s most cutting-edge sounds included ambient Americana, Ethiopia’s ‘honky-tonk nun’ Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Alice Coltrane disciple Surya Botofasina and field recordings of goats eating mangos

John Lewis

27, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The 20 greatest Christmas albums – ranked!
Whether you fancy a heartwarming carol with Elvis or the story of a yuletide drug dealer from OutKast, there’s a festive album for you in our rundown of the best ever

Alexis Petridis

15, Dec, 2022 @1:52 PM

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Pharoah Sanders remembered by Kamasi Washington
The musician salutes the long career of the fellow saxophonist, the master of spiritual, ‘cosmic’ jazz who was ‘like a third grandfather’ to him

Kamasi Washington

12, Dec, 2022 @6:00 PM

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