In Pakistan, a whole civilization is singing the songs of Ustad Saami, celebrating peace and diversity through God Is Not A Terrorist. Recorded at night on a rooftop in Karachi, this album, the first of its kind, is the product of a collaboration between Saami and the American producer Ian Brennan.
If anyone doubted the stature of Roy Hargrove, then the glittering Jazz at Lincoln Center tribute, complete with five hours of music, two hundred musicians and a procession of stars was a proportionate homage to his extravagant oeuvre and his thirty-year career. The night on Tuesday, January 8 was in keeping with the late trumpeter’s image: few words, lots of music.
Riddled with accessible and heady melodies, the Munich quintet’s first album, Mara, is the unnoticed hit of 2018.
The jazz group out of Leeds, led by Rob Mitchell, have taken on the classic hip hop album Madvillain and added some freshness and color.
Leader of Healing Unit, Paul Wacrenier told Qwest TV about the anchor points of the blues and free jazz inspired music of his music. The french ensemble just released Repeat Please!, their third album.
After going down the “Ethio crunch” route (mix between Ethio-jazz and rock) in their first two albums the duo, hailing from Lyon and Ethiopia enter a cosmic dimension on Yeketelale, released by Buda music.
There’s no keeping Joe Lovano idle on the recording front. After nearly three decades as the preeminent star on Blue Note Records, the tenor saxophonist has found a new home at ECM Records as a leader with Trio Tapestry, a sensitively lyrical interplay with pianist Marilyn Crispell and his longtime colleague drummer Carmen Castaldi.