Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun Etiquette

Peter Brötzmann's boisterous free-jazz assault Machine Gun was released on an unsuspecting world 50 years ago this month. Daniel Spicer outlines the sonic and political backdrop which birthed this brutal blast of protest music and gauges its influence on a whole new generation of mutinous minds

This is an extract from Jazzwise Issue #229 – to read the full article click here to Subscribe, save money and get a fantastic jazz CD FREE

Esperanza Spalding - In The Hot Seat

Esperanza Spalding has won both industry and critical acclaim for her wildly divergent work, notching up four Grammy Awards, most notably a 2011 Best New Artist Award that had the chutzpah to trounce pop idol Justin Bieber and folk-rockers Mumford & Sons. Yet, the bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist has never sought an obvious or easy creative path, especially for her latest album, Exposure. Living up to its title, the writing and recording of the album was streamed live on Facebook, with the continuous three-day session clocking up 1.4 million views. She spoke with Kevin Le Gendre about how this brazen creative process pushed her performance skills and endurance to the edge

This is an extract from Jazzwise Issue #228 – to read the full article click here to Subscribe, save money and get a fantastic jazz CD FREE

Beats & Pieces – Let’s Dance

Celebrating a decade together this year, Mancunian big band Beats & Pieces continue to refine the parameters of expanded ensemble playing, that's as likely to include deconstructed David Bowie and Björk songs to their own heavy-riffing originals. With the band appearing at this year's Jazzahead! conference in Bremen and a forthcoming third album set to feature more rock-out experimentation, Selwyn Harris spoke to the group's leader Ben Cottrell and drummer Finlay Panter about the collective's evolution through Manchester's DIY scene and their contemporary twist on the big-band tradition

This is an extract from Jazzwise Issue #228 – to read the full article click here to Subscribe, save money and get a fantastic jazz CD FREE

Kurt Elling – Questioning Times

Continuing his recent series of collaborations with Branford Marsalis, superlative US singer Kurt Elling's latest album, The Questions, sees him recast tunes originally by everyone from Carla Bley to Bob Dylan as a response to our current troubled times. Peter Quinn spoke to the vocalist about his repositioning of past classics as a reaction to our contemporary malaise

This is an extract from Jazzwise Issue #228 – to read the full article click here to Subscribe, save money and get a fantastic jazz CD FREE

Pablo Held Trio – Watching The Detectives

One of German jazz's emerging stars, Cologne-based pianist Pablo Held has made waves with his Trio's headline-grabbing collaborations with US heavyweights John Scofield and Chris Potter, while amassing their own substantial back catalogue. Yet, it's the release of Investigations, their 12th recording and debut for the UK's Edition Records, which looks set to see them reach a wider global audience. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the pianist about what this momentous move means for the group after 12 years of working together

This is an extract from Jazzwise Issue #228 – to read the full article click here to Subscribe, save money and get a fantastic jazz CD FREE

Subcategories

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

If you do not change browser settings, you consent to continue. Learn more

I understand

Featured Artists

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next
Jazz drumming and the vision of Jonathan Barber

Jazz drumming and the vision of Jonathan…

Kay Shackelford introduces a bold new force on the jazz drumming scene: Jonathan Barber When listening to Jonathan Barber, there’s an earful of innovative and thoughtful rhythmic execution that causes pause...

Read More.....
All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise

All aboard the Blue Note at Sea jazz cru…

Jon Newey experiences the unique musical possibilities of the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise It’s early Monday morning on 29 January and the day has dawned surprisingly clear. Overnight the grey...

Read More.....
Classic interview with Hugh Masekela: “Hey, instead of rhythm and blues, how about ghetto and Bach?”

Classic interview with Hugh Masekela: “H…

In 2010, Hugh Masekela, the great South African musician and an inspiration in the cultural and political struggle against apartheid, spoke candidly to Jazzwise's Marcus O'Dair about his continued to fight...

Read More.....
Frank Zappa's jazz legacy

Frank Zappa's jazz legacy

Frank Zappa left a huge legacy of pioneering music and outspoken opinions that has proved obliquely influential in shaping the style and attitudes of generations of rock and jazz musicians...

Read More.....
Across the tracks: Ella Fitzgerald's recording of Duke Ellington's ‘I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues’

Across the tracks: Ella Fitzgerald's rec…

Brian Priestley takes the opportunity to put Ella Fitzgerald’s soulful 1957 version of Ellington’s ‘I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues’ under the microscope It’s well known that Ella Fitzgerald had...

Read More.....
Life-changing jazz albums: 'My Song' by Keith Jarrett

Life-changing jazz albums: 'My Song' by …

Pianist Gwilym Simcock talks about the album that changed his life, 'My Song' by Keith Jarrett. Interview by Brian Glasser The biggest turning point I’ve ever had, it was a life-changing...

Read More.....
The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018

The shape of jazz to come: who to look o…

Photo: Rohey It’s time to divine the divine, as we ask our crack unit of writers and assorted other taste-formers to gaze into their crystal balls and reveal the intel on...

Read More.....
Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2017

Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2017

In another turbulent year of head-spinning change, much of it unwelcome, jazz has once again proved itself as resilient and inspirational as ever. Jazzwise’s prestigious Albums of the Year New...

Read More.....
John Etheridge interview: “We never got paid for Soft Machine. God knows what happened to the money”

John Etheridge interview: “We never got …

AJ Dehany caught up with Soft Machine’s John Etheridge and spoke to him about his formative fretboard influences and approaches to guitar playing, as well as penetrating the complex chronology...

Read More.....


Subcribe To Jazzwise

Advertisement

Call 0800 137201 to subscribe or click here to email the subscriptions team

Get in touch

Jazzwise Magazine,
St. Judes Church,
Dulwich Road, 
Herne Hill,
London, SE24 0PD.

0208 677 0012

Latest Tweets

Donate your old iPod or make a charitable donation to Chiltern Music Therapy for their iPod Pharmacy initiative –… https://t.co/y7uybi0H39
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
RT @beatsnpieces: Thanks @Jazzwise for premiering another track from our new 10th anniversary CD/DVD ’ten’ - this video is our recent singl…
Follow Us - @Jazzwise

Newsletter

© 2016 MA Business & Leisure Ltd registered in England and Wales number 02923699 Registered office: Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5HN . Designed By SE24 MEDIA