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The 10 best jazz albums of 2021
An enthralling live set from Pat Metheny, Ches Smith’s fascinating blend of avant garde and Vodou and octogenarian Charles Lloyd’s fresh takes on Leonard Cohen and the Beach Boys stood out in a strong year

John Fordham

19, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Makaya McCraven: Deciphering the Message review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
‘Beat scientist’ McCraven balances jazz’s tradition with its future, sympathetically updating the Blue Note hard-bop 60s catalogue

John Fordham

03, Dec, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Johnathan Blake: Homeward Bound review – virtuosi jazz unit scorch and shimmer
Drummer Blake joins with Dezon Douglas, Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross and David Virelles to create enthralling post-bop, soul jazz and Coltraneian pop

John Fordham

05, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Lonnie Smith obituary
Turban-wearing American organist who enjoyed popular success playing with some of the US’s jazz greats

John Fordham

17, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme Live in Seattle review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
This amateur 1965 recording from a Seattle club shows Coltrane and his ensemble, expanded to include saxist Pharoah Sanders, at a pivotal moment

John Fordham

08, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Pat Metheny: Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
Metheny’s new trio, with the formidable James Francies on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums, provoke rapture in this live set

John Fordham

10, Sep, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Peter Ind obituary
Jazz bassist who worked with the best in 1950s New York and in later years was the proprietor of the Bass Clef club in London

John Fordham

30, Aug, 2021 @4:12 PM

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Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The News review – rolling coverage from octogenarian jazz hero
The 81-year-old drummer deploys crisp cymbals, hushed snares and even brushes on newspaper for this entrancing set alongside Bill Frisell, Ben Street and David Virelles

John Fordham

13, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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British Jazz Explosion: Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain 1965-1972 review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
A wide-ranging compilation featuring Kenny Wheeler, John Surman and Michael Garrick kicks off the celebratory British Jazz Explosion series of releases

John Fordham

16, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
Latin jazz, freebop and traditional swing rub shoulders as this mammoth set reworks iconic jazz themes and classic pop songs

John Fordham

18, Jun, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Ches Smith and We All Break: Path of Seven Colors review – a tour de force of jazz innovation
Haitian traditions inspire the percussionist’s exhilarating hybrid of melodic drums, evocative vocals and fiery improvisation

John Fordham

21, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey: Uneasy review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
Touching on both Cole Porter and Eric Garner, this long-time trio invigorate bop with thrilling, socially conscious free jazz

John Fordham

23, Apr, 2021 @7:30 AM

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