World
Jazz (Music genre)
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States. It was born from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The term »Jazz« is a slang word for the music that emerged around 1915 in Chicago.
Jazz in Features
Music List | posted 03.07.2019
Polish Jazz
An introduction in 10 vinyl records
The Polish jazz scene is considered one of the most important and creative in Europe. During the Cold War, it was already one of the most creative and courageous in the Eastern Bloc. Nowadays it oscillates between shallow conventions and hidden ruptures. We will search for the traces and present 10 vinyl records, new and old, which give a perfect introduction to the world of Polish jazz.
Music Essay | posted 24.06.2019
British Jazz
On The Hot Spot
In 2019, jazz in Great Britain is in a period of generational change. New talents from Manchester to London are revising deadlocked conventions and self-confidently sounding out the boundaries of the genre. Subcultures and scenes from breakbeat to grime to jazz find new ways of coming together at an impressive pace – and grow together even where gentrification, venue closures and Brexit are hard on them.
Jazz in Reviews
Music Review | posted 07.07.2016
BBNG (BadBadNotGood)
IV
BBNG (BadBadNotGood) has grown into a quartet. With their latest LP »IV«, they are proving the critics wrong by having their instrumental hip hop defeat the alleged elevator-jazz.
Music Review | posted 10.05.2016
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55
Since 9 years, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band shows how good Steel Drum Funk can function with Hip-Hop elements. On their debut-LP »55« the group stays loyal to their sound.
Music Review | posted 14.04.2016
Özdemir Erdoğan
Jazz Session
Turkey’s music from the 1960s and 1970s is being systematically dug up. Özedemir Erdoğan’s »Jazz Session« gives us a good idea of the great things waiting to be explored here.
Music Review | posted 22.03.2016
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith
A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Words like »sublime« should be used sparingly; however, it’s more than fitting for the encounter between Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith on »A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke«.
Music Review | posted 11.02.2016
Ed Motta
Perpetual Gateways
Since Donny Hathaway, hardly anyone has sounded this tender. With »Perpetual Gateways«, jazz singer Ed Motta is keeping up his high standards.
Music Review | posted 10.01.2014
BadBadNotGood
BBNG2
To get jazz back out of the feuilleton, it’s taken nothing but the gentlemen of BadBadNotGood. »BBNG2« is putting jazz back into the dark alleys where it belongs.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 04.02.2019
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation
Katakata
Now Hot Casa has released »Katakata«, another album by Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation.
Music Review | posted 17.06.2019
Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision
RVNG Intl releases »Water Memory« and »Mount Vision«, the first two albums of the American sound designer Emily A. Sprague.
Music Essay | posted 01.07.2019
Women Of Jazz
We Insist Female
Women in jazz are still not a matter of course. That has to change. For in the past, female musicians have had a decisive influence on jazz and the future is also in their hands.
Music Column | posted 29.06.2019
Records Revisited
Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote! (1999)
The breakthrough: »Soundpieces: Da Antidote« lifted the still young West Coast label Stones Throw from the circle of experts to the cult Olympus. Now the underground classic is 20 years old.
Music Comment | posted 20.11.2019
RSD Black Friday 2019
12 Vinyl records to look out for
We’ve browsed through this year’s list of exclusive Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 releases and put together a selection of twelve Vinyl records that we’ve identified as possible highlights.