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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Lizz Wright – Finding Freedom

Jazzwise-September2015-coverVocalist Lizz Wright has come along way in the 12 years since her startling debut Salt, traversing her own soul and gospel fuelled path, driven by a heartrending voice, across four stunning albums. Back after a five-year period of global tours and a move from frenetic New York to the purifying nature of the mountains of North Carolina, Peter Quinn spoke to Wright about how her latest album, Freedom & Surrender, was shaped by her new, simpler approach to life

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Robert Glasper – Breaking Cover

august2015-coverRobert Glasper’s recent double Grammy Award wins for his two Black Radio albums have capped an 11-year career that has not just seen him break through to the mainstream like few other jazz artists today, but has also seen Glasper forge deep bonds between today’s jazz, R&B and hip-hop scenes. Back with his original rhythm section of drummer Damion Reid and bassist Vicente Archer for his new album Covered, this simmering piano trio joins the dots between Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, hip-hopper du jour Kendrick Lamar, and jazz standard ‘Stella By Starlight’. Ahead of UK dates this month John Murph spoke to Glasper, Reid and Archer about how reconnecting as a trio – and in turn reconnecting jazz to a bigger socio-political and musical spectrum – is all part of their multi-layered modus operandi

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