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Dec
13
2017

Seal album

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STANDARDS (Decca) 6.5/10 The list keeps growing: Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Bob Dylan are among the many pop stars to have a shot at singing jazz standards – with varying levels of success or embarrassment. Now it’s Seal’s turn, and the good news is that his […]

Dec
10
2017

Vijay Iyer Sextet album

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FAR FROM OVER (ECM) 8/10 There’s no destination for Vijay Iyer, just the journey, with each album a stop-off distinct from its predecessor. The pianist has recently shared a duo with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, led his regular trio and combined a string quartet with electronics in what was more chamber music than jazz. Also […]

Dec
8
2017

Gary Peacock Trio album

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TANGENTS (ECM/UMA) 9/10 There’s still time, people. At 82 Gary Peacock, arguably the world’s premiere jazz bassist, is not just still getting better, he’s a hit a creative purple patch. The apparent demise of Keith Jarrett’s trio with Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, rather than dampen his enthusiasm, have proved a catalyst for him to return […]

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