Although it’s been robbed of its live connection this year, the UK Nu- jazz train has kept up the momentum with a roll of dynamic and defining releases. Oscar Jerome’s ‘Breathe Deep’ album was one of those touchstones. It saw the KOKOROKO guitarist and super collaborator (with buddies like Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd and Yussef …

HUMILITY, honesty and heart are three key elements of Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun’s music. With a voice that puts you within emotional touching distance plus an eye for visuals that demand attention, each release since her debut in 2003 has marked a restless need to refine, reflect and tell truths. Yet since 2017’s exquisite collection …

In more ways than one Mdou Moctar has come along way since 2008, when his raw emotional guitar music first began to spread beyond Niger across west Africa via the DIY network of traded cellphone memory cards. Picked up by Chris Kirkley of Sahel Sounds who sent Mdou a much needed left handed Strat, then …

What makes a remix? Take the best bits of your stuff and plenty of my stuff and make it sound like ME or take the essence of mine and the heart of yours to make something new? I know what I go for, the remix that sounds like collaboration, made from respect, taking the music …

If you got into Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes stellar album ‘What Kinda Music’ released in April this year, then here’s something to help you through the winter wilderness. Blue Note have just released bonus tracks from the album sessions , available via the usual digital suspects or cannily stitched onto a new deluxe vinyl …

You know that jazz never goes away- it ebbs and flows in profile and popularity. But over the last five years or so jazz music has reached out, edged its way over musical borders and re-energised around unlikely geographies in south London, Chicago and Johannesburg. The label Mushroom Hour Half Hour has been a pillar …

ON THE other side of the guitarist spectrum from the strut and stomp are the outliers, dogged explorers of the fretboard, scholars of the instrument’s sonic complexity. Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Fripp, James Blood Ulmer, Pat Metheny can be found at this end of the rainbow; along with more recent luminaries like Chris Brokaw, Yonotan …

IF ONE artist was going to send out a press release for their new record styled on the redacted copy of a government report it is Darren Cunningham, aka Actress. Cryptic, obtuse, secretive and illusive, Cunningham has been the checkpoint of the techno/electronic border crossing for over a decade now. There have been seminal releases …

TO CALL Oliver Coates a cellist tells you nothing at all. Oliver Coates is a musician whose work connects the circuits at the edge of dance and classical worlds. It’s not crossover, it’s not fusion, it’s experimental, rewiring sounds in a dangerous and delectable way (ask Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood) … and yes, he …

London Jazz Festival, an amazing 28 years in, has become a big deal on the global music calendar. A stunning mix of international big hitters, emerging UK talent, old pioneers and prophets, mega-venues, tiny clubs, films, unbelievably generous free events, live broadcasts, workshops and even jazz for toddlers- it’s got the whole menu covered. For …