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CONFLUENCE and significance; that’s what we have here. Those intrepid curators and sound seekers at We Are Busy Bodies announce the release of Kippie Moeketsi and Hal Singer’s Blue Stompin, scheduled for July 23rd on digital platforms and as a delicious vinyl slab. It’s another prestigious addition to the label’s catalogue, featuring a seminal global …

AN AMALGAM of Goat and Hills members, two of the multitude of unique, almost fantastical Swedish psych bands, DJINN recently released a new track “Love Divine”, which features on upcoming album Transmission. This follows swift consecutive releases: their self-titled album in 2019 and the Avant de Servir cassette, released on Swedish label Zeon Recordings last …

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 …

Kamasi Washington has announced that he has scored Becoming, director Nadia Hallgren and Higher Ground Productions’ documentary profiling First Lady Michelle Obama, which debuted on Netflix today, May 6. The score features new original music Washington—whom Hallgren asked to join the project very early in its development—composed for the film as well as selections from his catalog. Watch a trailer for the film In …

Charles Tolliver is a master of all trades. The New York-based trumpeter, active since the 1960s, is a leading player, educator, big band leader, composer, and founder of the one of the greatest jazz labels of all time, Strata-East. In Summer 2020, he will be releasing his first studio album in 13 years via Gearbox …

Next month, London analogue specialists Gearbox Records will unearth yet another lost gem having just announced a 12″ of previously-unreleased material from Don Cherry for Record Store Day 2020. The exclusive new release entitled ‘Cherry Jam’ features new unheard recordings by trumpeter and cornet-player Don Cherry. Taken from a 1965 pre-record for Danish national radio, the 4-track EP features 3 …

Duke Garwood and Rich Machin have put together a musical collective under the name of The Quiet Temple, using a rolling cast of sidemen taken from the likes of Soulsavers, Spiritualized, Stereolab and Julian Cope. They’ve announced the release of their self-titled debut six-track album on Friday July 5th on Point of Departure, and have …

Jazz superstar Kamasi Washington has heralded the announcement of his second album Heaven and Earth, set for release on June 22nd via Young Turks,  by releasing two tracks – Fists of Fury and The Space Travelers. The long-awaited follow up to Washington’s debut The Epic, Heaven and Earth is comprised of two halves, which find …

Boundary-breaking, socially-conscious musician and one of America’s most exciting trumpet players to perform exclusive UK shows April 9th to the 13th 2018 sees the inspirationally talented, award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold travel to the UK to play five live shows in Huddersfield, Manchester, Leeds, London and Southampton, in support of his recent album The Mugician. A …

Hailing from Bristol, Andrew Hayes and Dan Johnson are a fascinating collision of pounding, tribal drums and screaming saxophone. The duo was formed through a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavy, experimental music and have been writing their own narrative in the new era of crossover jazz, all whilst touring the UK extensively. …