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Darn, I sort of slept over this one but one of my fave jazz collectives, the Nationwide Mercury Prize winner Portico Quartet made a fantastic live session for B & W Music Club back in February. The live recording features couple of their classic songs and some of their future productions so its a must. The B & W site has a full lowdown on the band btw: Portico Quartet: Black & White Sessions

Sadly the whole session was only free to dl till end of February but here is new and beautiful cut from it:

Portico Quartet – Midnite Delite

Their second album will be released by Peter Gabriel‘s Real World label next year.


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Fave Jazz albums of ’08

It is end of the year so i picked my fave jazz lps from the 2008 period first.

Portico Quartet – Knee Deep in the North Sea (Babel/Vortex)
Finn Peters – Butterflies (Accidental)
Dave Holland Sextet – Pass It on (Dare2)
Jazz Warriors – Afropeans (Destin-e)
Robert Mitchell 3io – The Greater Good (Jazz Services)

Aaron Parks – Invisible Cinema (Blue Note Records)
Jose James The Dreamer (Brownswood Records)
Five Corners Quintet – Hot Corner (Ricky Tick)
Neil Cowley Trio – Loud..louder…Stop (Cake Records)
Benjamin Herman – Campert (Roach Records)
Avishai Cohen Trio – Gently Disturbed (Sunny Side)

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Another year has passed and London’s best musical festival in the autumn, the LJF returns from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 November 2008, again with an impressive line-up. My first must-see pick is Robert Glasper & Simbad at Cargo on 18th Nov. But there are many unmissable gigs and venues on this year’s list for all jazzlovers.


You can get all relevant info and more on LJF’s official website

UPDATE: great review by Marsha Gosho Oakes

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One of my fave jazz pianists outta London, Robert Mitchell and his trio got their new album out:

The Robert Mitchell 3io has grown out of the ongoing group Robert Mitchell’s Panacea (formed in 2000). The debut album/download – The Greater Good has been recorded (and will be toured) with the support of Jazz Services,33 Records,and Arts Council England. The recording features 5 new originals from pianist Robert Mitchell, and compositions by bassist Tom Mason and drummer Richard Spaven‘s collab with Vincent Helbers. The other music includes ‘Space’ by Galt Mcdermot (as sampled by Busta Rhymes) , ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack (Bristolian Legends) and Dance Cadaverous by the truly great Wayne Shorter. This is the first Uk tour for the group , and there will also be news on an additional exclusive version of the album ……

Buy it asap

Just a little taster from the album: RM3io – Space

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William Claxton RIP

He was one of the greatest photographers of jazz.

Art Ensemble of Chicago

John Coltrane

Miles Davis

Donald Byrd

William Claxton died at 80 in LA yesterday. R.I.P

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Sunday Jazz Q & A

Has Jazz lost its good taste in UK?

Naaah, its tastier than ever, really. There’s a revival of Jazz taking place in Britain recently with very young and well talented artists arising from both the music uni circles and streets of London and beyond.

Who are they really?

Portico Quartet, Gwilym Simcock, Finn Peters, Loop Collective, Courtney Pine & the Afropeans, Robert Mitchell and Polar Bears just to name a few.

Can I get their records online?

Sure, go to babel.ithinkmusic.com or www.jazzcds.co.uk

Where can i catch them live?

There are many jazz clubs in London, main ones are Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Cafe or The Vortex


No worries.

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