Latest Jazz & Blues Reviews

Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Functional Arrhythmias

The most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years.

Kyle Eastwood – The View From Here

Eastwood?s finest album to date, with a timeless quality.

Erik Truffaz Quartet – El Tiempo de la Revolucion

Truffaz remains one of the most consistently creative trumpeters around.

The James Hunter Six – Minute by Minute

Hunter?s latest cuts recall the golden ages of soul and blues.

Marius Neset – Birds

An engrossing, beautifully produced album from a player and composer to watch.

Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

Ellington et al would be proud of Carrington?s 21st century reinterpretations.

Aquarium – Places

Assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition.

Mark Lockheart – Ellington in Anticipation

Seems sure to appeal equally to fans of Polar Bear, Lockheart and the Duke.

Gary Clark, Jr. – Blak and Blu

A good introduction, albeit a wandering one.

Chris Potter – The Sirens

The union of ECM with Potter promises to be a happy and fruitful one.

Wayne Shorter Quartet – Without a Net

The jazz great evokes this music?s golden era on a new set of live songs.

Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up!

Inter-generational summit sets the standard for 21st century blues.

Pat Metheny – The Orchestrion Project

A pale live release, recommended for the hardcore only.

Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1969 ? The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2

An important, enlightening document of Miles in a state of stylistic transition.

Ibrahim Maalouf – Wind

Trumpeter?s fourth LP tours the musical globe for compositional inspiration.

Buddy Guy – Live at Legends

Super live cuts and studio extras which offer proof of Guy?s ageless appeal.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Texas Flood ? Legacy Edition

Vaughan?s retooling of the blues made it relevant to a new generation.

Josť James – No Beginning No End

James refines his sound on this Blue Note debut, with impressive results.

Decoy & Joe McPhee – Spontaneous Combustion

Relentlessly entertaining, life-affirming stuff, crackling with muscular energy.

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble – Songs of the Metropolis

A calmer-than-usual concept set from the virtuoso saxophonist.

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