Get The Blessing – Stargazy Guys

Jazzwise-Oct2015-Cover380From awkward outsiders to international post-jazz hipsters, Get The Blessing have consistently produced noisily-nuanced yet hard to define music for 15 years now. Initially performing a punkish take on Ornette Coleman’s music, their sound has expanded outward, creatively using live effects to paint on a larger sonic canvas. Selwyn Harris talks to bassist Jim Barr and trumpeter Pete Judge about how recording their spaced-out new opus Astronautilus in a remote cottage on the Cornish coast found them staring at the stars for inspiration

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Matthew Halsall – Northern Soul

Jazzwise-Oct2015-Cover380Manchester-born and based, trumpeter Matthew Halsall first emerged with his 2008 debut Sending My Love, standing out from the crowd with his golden tone and a glowing melodic warmth to his music. Also establishing his Gondwawa Records imprint as a dynamic and successful jazz indie label, driven by the rise of GoGo Penguin and emerging guitar star Stuart McCallum, he’s matched his native city’s renowned dance roots by giving authentic musicianship powerful pin-sharp production. Daniel Spicer discovers how he’s putting some real northern soul back into spiritual jazz

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Miles Davis Waiting For the Man: Highs and Lows at Newport

Jazzwise-September2015-coverWhen the Newport Jazz Festival began in 1954, it became a barometer for all that was hot in jazz in 1950s America. As such it was the backdrop behind the singular career trajectory of Miles Davis, gloriously documented in the newly released Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 – The Bootleg Series Vol.4 (Columbia/ Legacy), reviewed in last month’s edition of Jazzwise. The wide-ranging music provides a parallel live soundtrack to Davis’ studio career that saw him rise from the lows of drug addiction, to new musical highs – Kind of Blue among them – and back again to poor health and his semi-retirement in 1975. Stuart Nicholson takes an in-depth look at this extraordinary career arc and how his appearances at Newport not only convinced George Avakian to sign him to Columbia 60 years ago, but were of singular importance in jazz history and in creating the legend of Miles Davis

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Cécile McLorin Salvant – Something Old, Something New

Jazzwise-September2015-coverIn a world obsessed with looking back instead of forward extraordinary jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant is something of a paradox: a deeply soulful virtuoso capable of taking 100 year old songs and making them sparkle anew. Possessed of one of the most remarkable voice’s in jazz today, she’s already whipped up a critical storm in her native US. With the release of her new album For One to Love, Peter Quinn discovers it’s the pitfalls and pain of falling and being in love that have inspired her most personal and powerful work to date

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Alexi Tuomarila – Drifter’s escape

Jazzwise-September2015-coverOne of the most talented jazz musicians of his generation, in 2003 it seemed only a matter of time before Alexi Tuomarila became a major name in jazz. After all, Blue Note and Warner Jazz had battled to sign him, and he went with Warners. After one album Warners pulled the plug and his career stalled. Now he’s back, older and wiser with Drifter and a new album on Edition determined to make up for lost time. Interview: Stuart Nicholson

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