Kenny Garrett – Life on Planet Boogie

June-Jazzwise-cover350Former Miles Davis saxophonist turned acclaimed solo artist Kenny Garrett releases his new album, Do Your Dance, this month, with its burning mixture of turbo-swing and Afro-latin jams hotfooting the distance between rhumba and rumination, boogie and brainwork. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to the alto-sax dynamo during his recent sold-out run at Ronnie Scott’s about the importance of connecting mind, body and spirit

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Lars Danielsson – Moments in the Sun

June-Jazzwise-cover350Swedish double-bassist Lars Danielsson’s new group with drummer Morten Lund and saxophonist Marius Neset was borne of a chance train connection. Selwyn Harris spoke to the trio about the spirit of spontaneity infusing their ACT-released opus, Sun Blowing

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Gregory Porter – Street Life

Jazzwise-May16-Cover275Singing sensation Gregory Porter has come a long way since the UK release of his debut album, Water, in 2011 and his first ever worldwide front cover in Jazzwise in March 2012. Now one of the hottest tickets in jazz, the vocalist has exchanged intimate clubs for concert halls, signed to Blue Note with platinum-selling success and bagged a Grammy, all without ever losing sight of the salience of his message. With the release of his lastest long-player, Take Me To The Alley, the gregarious singer speaks to Kevin Le Gendre about how he’s come to terms with this upsurge in his fortunes by staying true to his roots and how the deep inequalities that continue to divide society affect him and his music

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Evan Parker – Freedom of Movement

Jazzwise-May16-Cover275British improvising legend Evan Parker’s recent European schedule of solo shows, which took a consciously eco-friendly approach through low-carbon train travel and all-acoustic performances, has taken a decidedly polemical turn. Daniel Spicer juggles a heap of political hot potatoes with the veteran saxophonist, who explains why the trails of continental red-tape have helped persuade him to become a Brexit man despite the plethora of great artistic opportunities Europe affords

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Thomas Strønen – Time Bandits

Jazzwise-May16-Cover275Whether within the static-subsumed tapestries of Food or while leading his own piano-pushing ensemble on latest album Time Is A Blind Guide, Thomas Strønen adheres to the less-is-more credo. Ahead of a UK tour and Cheltenham appearance, Stuart Nicholson speaks to the highly-inventive drummer about his minimalist approach to music-making and the influence of former bandmate, the late great pianist John Taylor

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