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Aug
8
2018

Joseph Tawadros

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THE BLUEBIRD, THE MYSTIC AND THE FOOL (Planet) 8.5/10 All music is a dialogue, and here Joseph Tawadros zeroes in on discourses between moods, with the oud player’s compositional breadth starring as much as the brilliant improvising. The 21 shortish pieces make the listening experience one of constant flux, whether between serenity and joy, or […]

Aug
2
2018

John Coltrane

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BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE – THE LOST SESSIONS (Impulse!) 9/10 Fifty-five years ago the most explosive band in jazz history trooped into their favourite studio and recorded an album that was never released. Until now. Both Directions At Once – The Lost album is almost a holy relic, blessed with some sensational music, sound quality […]

Jul
26
2018

Kamasi Washington

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HEAVEN AND EARTH (Young Turks/Remote Control) 6/10 Kamasi Washington loves playing alternate cards of predictability and surprise. Having created an expectation of further monumentalism with 2015’s The Epic, he doesn’t disappoint, but nor does he fail to surprise. Try opening with the theme from the kung fu film Fists of Fury, for instance: who else […]

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