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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 […]

Jul
18
2018

Origami

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ORNETTE (Fat Rain/Trailblazer) 8/10 Those who heard Ornette Colemen in concert will die clutching the memory deep in their hearts. The great tide of warmth flooding from the stage exposed the old taunts that he was “untutored” or “played sharp” for the detritus they were. His revolutionary approach was meticulously conceived long before people began […]

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