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Album Review: Courtney Pine’s Black Notes From The Deep

A new Courtney album is always a cause for celebration. Since his big-selling debut, 1986’s Journey To The Urge Within, he’s relentlessly pursued sounds of the Black diaspora (jazz, reggae, calypso, drum’n’bass, ska, hip-hop, soca) and also become a respected educator and broadcaster. And yet the London saxophone legend is still somewhat of a divisive […]

Album Review: Zoe Rahman’s Dreamland

The pianist has a whole orchestra at his or her fingertips – that’s the theory, anyway. And therefore the jazz pianist has the potential to make the unique sound of an orchestra in ‘spontaneous improvisation’ mode. Duke Ellington was famous for approaching the keyboard in this way, and now Zoe Rahman’s sixth solo album Dreamland […]

The Love Supreme Festival 2013

An all-jazz residential UK festival – who’d have predicted it? Spread over an idyllic estate in rural East Sussex, Love Supreme’s USP was reflecting the music’s broad church and it certainly delivered on that score with barely a whiff of smooth jazz. Jazz’s liberation from club and concert hall also seemed to liberate audiences; Go […]

Album Review: Courtney Pine’s Europa

Gifted saxophonist Courtney Pine‘s career is one of the great success stories in British jazz. Starting out in the early ‘80s as a sideman with reggae double act Clint Eastwood and General Saint and in various Britfunk bands, he became disillusioned with the outlawing of jazz as a respected, popular music in the climate of […]