Georgia Mancio – Leap of Faith

decjan-cover350Singer Gerogia Mancio has climbed musical mountains in the last five years, curating and organising the annual ReVoice! vocal festival as well as forging a solo career of increasing distinction and character. It’s apt then, that in the year she’s taken a well-deserved break from the festival, she’s released a live album of duos performed at ReVoice! with the cream of the UK scene, and formed a new musical partnership with Grammy winning pianist Alan Broadbent. The busy vocalist tells Peter Quinn how it all came about by leaping into the unknown

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Kamasi Washington – West Coast Uprising

decjan-cover350The emergence of Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington this year as one of the hottest names in jazz – thanks to the avalanche of music he unleashed on his remarkable triple-disc debut album The Epic – has caused shockwaves on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only has The Epic come out at No.1 in Jazzwise’s 2015 Album of the Year Critics Poll, it’s won almost universal acclaim from both the jazz and rock press. This new LA scene’s wider impact now sees Herbie Hancock working with influential jazz-influenced über-producer Flying Lotus and bass-guitar whirlwind Thundercat. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to Washington and his bassist Miles Mosley, joining the dots of this expansive collective and tracing its deep links from contemporary rap star Kendrick Lamar to 1990s psychedelic hip hop and the 1960s spiritual jazz of Alice and John Coltrane

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Maria Schneider – Diamonds and Rust

Jazzwise-cover-nov15-350A multi-Grammy Award winner, Maria Schneider is rightly regarded as one of the preeminent figures in contemporary jazz with a 23-year recording career that’s seen her work with both Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer. The evolution of her Orchestra, formed in 1992, has been a central element of her success as she’s refined her highly nuanced musical vision and shaped its sound over eight albums. It’s the latest of these, The Thompson Fields, which The Maria Schneider Orchestra will be performing as part of this month’s EFG London Jazz Festival and at two dates in Birmingham. The composer, conductor and arranger spoke to Stuart Nicholson about how this defining work was born out of her deep love for the landscape of her Minnesota homeland

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Brad Mehldau – Bittersweet Symphony

Jazzwise-cover-nov15-350In the last 20 years Brad Mehldau has steadily re-shaped the piano’s modus operandi in jazz by absorbing folk, pop, alt-rock and electronic music, and melding improvisation into classical forms. While he’s done this most notably with his Trio, and his electronica Mehliana duo with Mark Guiliana, the release of a huge eight-LP vinyl set of a decade’s worth of live performances underscores how he’s masterfully done this as a solo pianist as well. Deconstructing and connecting the music of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana and The Kinks with Coltrane, Monk, Brahms, The Beatles and Beach Boys is – as Alyn Shipton discovers – all part of Mehldau’s voyage of musical discovery

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Let Spin – Tumbling Together

Jazzwise-cover-nov15-350The members of Let Spin may well connect four cutting edge ensembles – in the form of Melt Yourself Down, Moss Project, Led Bib and Beats & Pieces – and yet they are fast forming their own cohesive identity. Comprised of bassist Ruth Goller, guitarist Moss Freed, saxophonist Chris Williams and drummer Finlay Panter, they are back with their second album, Let Go, which, as Selwyn Harris discovers, is a swirling, progressively punky soundworld

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