Brian Auger – From Oblivion to Here

decjan-cover350One of Britain’s foremost Hammond heroes, Brian Auger’s career began in swinging 1960s London when he was asked to dep for an indisposed Georgie Fame. Subsequently forming The Trinity with Julie Driscoll, and then his revered group Oblivion Express, Auger went on to be hailed as the Godfather of Acid Jazz in the 1990s, latterly straddling both jazz and rock worlds. Gigging prolifically today at the age of 76, and with the release of two new CDs, Live In Los Angeles and Back To The Beginning, Kevin Le Gendre caught up with the accidental icon for a younger generation

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Elephant9 – Moving Mountains

decjan-cover350Heavy riffing jazz-prog monoliths Elephant9 have just released Silver Mountain, arguably their finest recording yet. Spencer Grady opens the trunk on the group’s continuing evolution, while uncovering the influences behind the Norwegians’ Hammond-headed sound

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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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