Archie Shepp - Gospel Truths

In the midst of the rise of the far right-wing in America and Europe, Archie Shepp renews his stand against injustice and oppression. One of the most politically conscious and outspoken figures in the history of black music, whose classic albums on Impulse! denounced racism and inequality, the 81-year-old saxophonist and vocalist brings an emotionally-charged show to this year's EFG London Jazz Festival. Art Songs & Spirituals celebrates the jazz and gospel traditions with a fine cast of collaborators, including AACM legend, keyboardist and vocalist Amina Claudine Myers. Kevin Le Gendre found that both artists have much to say about the broad church of African-American music

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Phronesis - Earth Songs

On their eighth album We Are All, Scandi-Brit jazz trio Phronesis continue to develop their shared musical language, while taking potshots at racist demagogues and looming eco-disaster, while seeking sanctuary in family and nature. Ahead of their headline appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, band members Jasper Høiby, Ivo Neame and Anton Eger tell Nick Hasted about the importance of clinging on to reason in an increasingly angry world

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Kandace Springs - Mood Indigo

Since the release of her acclaimed 2016 debut, Soul Eyes, Kandace Springs' combination of jazz, R&B, soul, classical and pop has garnered widespread praise and celebrity attention from artists such as Prince and Gregory Porter. Ahead of her appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Peter Quinn spoke to the Nashville-based pianist and singer-songwriter about her latest long-player, Indigo, which features a poignant duet with Springs' father, a pivotal figure in her life

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Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner - New Found Freedom

Building on a musical partnership which blossomed when they were both part of the Billy Hart Quartet, Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson have now gone in search of the nexus where the sounds of Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz meet chamber music on their album, Temporary Kings. The pair met with Stuart Nicholson, and spoke with him about their delight in recording for the iconic ECM label, as well as their other manifold projects

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Wayne Shorter – Cosmic Crusader

Wayne Shorter's new triple-album, Emanon, finds the 85-year-old legend still looking forward after nearly 60 years of musical innovation. Accompanying his string-driven orchestrations with a graphic novel, it draws upon the saxophonist's life-long love of comic books. Stuart Nicholson spoke with Shorter about the narrative behind this audio-visual feast and places it within the wider context of his formidable canon

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